SELMA, Ala. – The Owls men's soccer team lost a hard fought battle against Concordia College – Alabama on Wednesday, Oct. 11. The W put up a great defensive front against the Hornets in its last road match of the season but were unable to take advantage of offensive opportunities and fell 4-2.
The Owls played high level defense against Concordia in the first half, pushing the Hornets away from the Owls goal. Selvin Lopez, freshman goalkeeper, did a great job of preventing Concordia from getting and early goal.
Halfway into the first half, a struggle near the Owls goal and a questionable call from the officials resulted in a goal for Concordia. The goal went unanswered in the first to close the half 1-0 with Concordia in the lead.
In the second half of the game, the Owls took advantage of their own opportunities to reach the board but grew tired defensively.
With 22 minutes left in the half, Concordia scored their second goal of the game. Seconds later, Kyle Rodriguez scored his first goal of the season to cut the Hornets lead to 2-1.
A third goal by Concordia did not rattle the Owls and they continued to battle and fight for chances. With just seven minutes left in the game, Josh Martin with help from Paxton Bounds scored The W's second goal.
The score would have rested at 3-2 but with just seconds left on the clock, the Hornets fought to score and a battle at the goal resulted in and Owls own goal.
At keeper, Lopez played the entire 90 minutes for 16 saves and four goals allowed. Offensively, Courtland Moore, junior midfielder, led The W in shots with 3, 1 on goals, and Rodriguez and Martin led in scoring with a goal apiece.
The Owls will be back in action on Saturday, Oct. 14 when they host Belhaven University. Kick-off is set for 2 p.m. at Sprint Mart Field.
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