The Tennessee Wesleyan College men's soccer team played Montreat College on Friday afternoon in the semi final of the Appalachian Conference tournament. TWC knew it was going to be tough game after only winning the regular season game 2-1 in a very tight affair.
The game started poorly for TWC. Montreat opened the scoring after only three minutes when a corner was delivered to the far post; Montreats Robert Gaddy headed the ball back towards the TWC goal, there was confusion in the defense and the ball squirmed over the line.
TWC settled after the goal and were dominating possession. Montreat was looking dangerous on the break but neither team was able to hit the back of the net before the half.
TWC started the second half on fire, pressuring the Montreat defense and getting early balls into their box. Nothing was materializing, then in the fiftieth minute TWC right back Justin Walker made an overlapping run, he was found by Martyn Freestone, Walker took the ball to the goal line and whipped in a front post ball, Hector Jaramillo made a darting run in front of the Montreat keeper and headed the ball into the back of the net. The equalizing goal was no more than TWC had deserved for their enterprising play since Montreat had opened the scoring.
TWC looked like they would push on and win the game from this point, but it wasn't to be. Montreat rolled their sleeves up and came back into the game. They took the lead again after fifty seven minutes when Adrian Erwin picked the ball up just inside the TWC half, he ran unopposed with the ball and hit a right footed strike into the top corner of the TWC net. This made it 2-1 to Montreat and forced TWC to push more players forward looking for goals.
TWC threatened on a number of occasions, but again Montreat was looking dangerous on the counter. Montreat extended their lead on seventy five minutes through a penalty scored by Maximiliano Viera and TWC couldn't recover.
The final score was TWC 1 Montreat 3. Montreat went on to win the AAC tournament, beating Bryan College on penalties.