Late Goals Give Eagles 4-2 Win at Elon
ELON, N.C. - Georgia Southern erased a 2-1 deficit with six minutes remaining and scored two more for good measure in the final five minutes to take a 4-2 win over Elon on Friday night. Luigi Clendening added two goals to his season total and sits two shy of tying the school record for single-season scoring. The Eagles improve to 8-6-1 and 4-2-0 in league play to virtually assure GSU of a home match in the 2011 SoCon Tournament.
"This is such a tough place to play, to come in here and get three points is a great accomplishment," said Head Coach Kevin Kennedy. "I feel like we put a lot of pressure on the other teams in the league with this win and we are really excited to come back up this way and face UNC Greensboro on Tuesday night."
Elon drew first blood in the 11th minute with a goal by Matt Wescoe. The Eagles failed to completely clear an Elon corner kick. The ball was sent out and volleyed back in by Nick Millington to the head of Wescoe, who headed the ball home for a 1-0 Elon lead.
The Eagles struck back with an equalizer just past the half hour mark. Freshman David Vargas Masís (Cartago, Costa Rica) crossed the ball back across the face of goal. Sophomore captain Hunter Norton (Evans, Ga.) was on hand to tap the ball across the line to level the score at 1-1 with Norton's fourth goal of the season.
Elon, however, took the lead again in the 55th minute when Austen King headed a free kick by Gabe Latigue into the net. The goal, his first of the season, gave the Phoenix a 2-1 lead with 35 minutes remaining in the match.
Senior Luigi Clendening (Augusta, Ga.) added his 12th goal of the season in the 85th minute to level the teams at 2-2. A cross by Joe Hughes (Mooresville, N.C.) put Clendening in position.
The Eagles added a pair of goals over the five minutes of the match to steal the victory for Georgia Southern. Ethan LaPan (Martinez, Ga.) recorded his third goal of the season off an assist by Norton.
Clendening added his second goal of the night with 1:04 remaining in the match. His 13th goal of the season accounted for the GSU a 4-2 victory.
GSU goalkeeper Ryan Platt (Preston, England) recorded five saves on the night as Georgia Southern lead the shots race, 14-10.
The Eagles return to action with the 2011 regular season finale against UNC Greensboro. The final regular season match of the year starts on Tuesday, October 25th, at 7 p.m.
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- Category: Men's Soccer
- Published on Friday, 21 October 2011 20:33