September 26, 2007
Men's Soccer Falls Short in Late Rally at Wingate
WINGATE, NC -- Wingate picked up a 4-2 win over visiting Catawba in South Atlantic Conference men’s soccer action on Wednesday night at the WU Soccer Complex. The Bulldogs, ranked 19th in NCAA II, improve to 9-1 overall and 1-1 in the SAC. The Catawba Indians fall to 5-5 and 1-1.
The Bulldogs broke a scoreless draw three minutes before the half when Kirby Burkholder (Mount Pleasant, SC) picked up a loose ball in the box and knocked it in the goal from close range. Andru Harris (Duluth, GA) upped the lead to 2-0 just past the hour as he took a from Darwin Deas (McClellanville, SC) and scored past the reach of Catawba keeper Ross Willard (Jacksonville, NC/Jacksonville HS).
Wingate made it 3-0 in the 71st minute before Catawba made it interesting with two goals by Ryan Villiard (Holiday, FL/Mitchell HS) in a three minute span. The senior answered the third Wingate goal in the 73rd minute on a crossing pass from Kirby Freeland (Charlotte, NC/Providence HS). Villiard added a penalty kick in the 76th minute.
Bulldog Junior Nyemb (Douala, Cameroon) gave the hosts much-needed insurance in the 82nd minute, as he took a perfectly placed pass from Green and scored on a break-away. Wingate outshot Catawba 24-8. Willard recorded 11 saves.
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