Tennessee Wesleyan College men's soccer team traveled to Huntsville, AL on Saturday to play NCAA Division II member, The University of Alabama-Huntsville. The teams played each other last season with UAH coming out with a 1-0 victory. This season TWC was suitably prepared and went to UAH expecting to win.
The game started quickly as TWC dominated possession against a fired up UAH side. TWC opened the scoring in the seventh minute when John Carrier pressured the UAH left back into playing the ball to their goal keeper, his clearance was closed by TWC's Luke Winter. Winter blocked the keeper's clearance and volleyed the ball into the open net to put TWC up 1 - 0.
TWC's second goal came in the twenty fourth minute when Jose Arturo Lezama picked the ball up in the TWC half, he turned quickly and played a perfect ball to Winter who timed his run to beat the disorganized UAH offside trap. Winter coolly lobbed the ball over the onrushing goal keeper who could do nothing but watch the ball bounce into his goal. This made it 2-0 to TWC, who at this point were coasting.
UAH pulled a goal back after thirty minutes when a cross was put into the TWC goal by Kyle Simmons.
TWC scored again before the half, when a free kick was won by Winter. Winter whipped the ball over the wall and into the top corner of the UAH net. This completed Winter's first half hat trick. The teams went in at half time TWC 3 UAH 1.
After the half, UAH was definitely fired up and this showed from their aggressive play. Two minutes into the second half, UAH's goal keeper Kel Markert received a red card after a loose ball was contested by he and TWC's Winter. Markert reacted angrily, and the referee had no choice but to send off the player.
TWC extended their lead after fifty three minutes when Martyn Freestone won the ball; he played a knifing thru ball that split open the UAH back line. There was Winter again running clear onto the UAH goal. As the keeper came out, Winter flicked the ball with the outside of his foot into the opposite corner of the goal. With Winter's 4th goal of the day, TWC was up 4 - 1.
UAH pulled a goal back with twenty five minutes left when Felix Hjalmarsson got a head on the ball from a UAH corner opportunity, but this was no more than a consolation goal. The game ended TWC 4 UAH 2.
The result takes TWC to 3 wins and 1 loss on the season. Their next game is at home against Maryville College on Wednesday September 14th at 5 pm.