After the disappointment of their first conference game being postponed on Saturday, TWC traveled to Georgia to play Young Harris College, in a game that proved to be an excellent test for both squads.
The game started brightly for Young Harris with their quick forward line causing the TWC back four a few problems. TWC weathered the early storm and gained a foothold in the game. TWC's John Carrier was a constant threat to the Young Harris defense and his skill was causing them to foul him constantly. The first half went from end to end with chances for both teams, but the deadlock was finally broken in the 43rd minute Carrier was again fouled out wide. He got up to take the free kick which he curled into the near post, to find Hector Jaramillo who rose and expertly flicked the ball off his head, over the Young Harris goalkeeper. It was no more than TWC deserved, they had the best chances of the first period. The score at half time TWC 1 Young Harris 0.
Young Harris came out to start the second half absolutely flying and this showed with the amount of players they pushed into each attack. TWC were being pushed deeper and deeper towards their own goal, but their back line was holding and goalkeeper Joshua Leader was keeping them in the game with some great saves. This was until the 58th minute when TWC conceded a corner on their left. Young Harris' Andreas Pechmann curled it into a space just outside the TWC six yard box where Sam Walker had the easy task of heading it past Leader and into the TWC goal.
TWC looked like they were going to bounce straight back, but on 62 minutes a challenge on the half way line in which TWC's Luke Winter won the ball resulted in a unbelievable yellow card. Winter who had already been booked was off and TWC were down to ten men for the rest of the game.
TWC moved some players around and regrouped. Garrett Koon was doing a stellar job up front on his own and was creating chances through is work rate and pure hustle. He created an excellent chance when he stripped Young Harris' center back of the ball on the halfway line, charged with the ball directly towards their goal, hit a low drive that was well saved by their goalkeepers foot. At the end of full time the scores were tied at 1-1 and TWC was going into another overtime.
Throughout both overtime periods TWC played with ten men, but their work ethic made it seem like the numbers were equal. Young Harris had most of the possession and chances on goal, but TWC kept scrambling defensively to keep them at bay and still looked threatening on the break and from dead balls. The final score after double overtime was TWC 1 Young Harris 1.
The TWC back four and goalkeeper put in a mammoth effort to keep Young Harris out for 50 minutes with an extra man. Josh Leader ended the game with thirteen saves on the day and the whole Tennessee Wesleyan soccer program can be proud of the effort they put in.
The next game is against the University of Alabama Huntsville on Friday September 17th at 5pm on TWC's home field. It is the first regular season game at home all year so come out and support the boys.