LYNCHBURG, Va. – The fifth-seeded Presbyterian College men’s soccer team continues to do what it has never done before, picking up its first ever victory in the Big South Championship on Sunday afternoon with a 2-1 road win at fourth-seeded Liberty. PC advances to the Big South semifinals for the first time in program history, under first-year head coach Jonathan Potter, where it will meet top-seeded Radford on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. in Radford, Va.
How It Happened
The two teams battled to a scoreless halftime tie. The Blue Hose led 5-2 in shots in the opening half with a 2-1 advantage in shots-on-goal. Liberty would break the scoreless tie with a goal from Jovanni Chavez in the 49th minute, thanks to assists from Tresor Mbuyu and Pepe Segarra, to give LU the 1-0 lead.
PC answered the score in the 65th minute with Big South All-Freshman team member Sergio Pinto finding the net from 35 yards out with Cade Crow providing the assist. The two teams took the 1-1 tie in to the final 10 minutes of the match, before PC seized the opportunity late. Bruce Olivier found the back of the net on a ball thrown in to the box by Mason Lewis, putting PC in front for good at 2-1 to claim their seven victory of the year. The goal was Olivier’s first of the season.
- The victory is PC’s first ever in the Big South Championship, coming in just its second appearance in the tournament. With the win, PC advances to the Big South semifinals for the first time.
- The win was also PC’s first in the series against Liberty. The Flames had won the previous nine meetings between the two, including a 2-0 victory in Lynchburg, Va. eight days ago.
- Crow and Lewis each recorded an assist in the victory to give them each four on the year, tied for the team lead. Pinto’s goal was his fourth of the season and his second against a conference opponent.
PC improves to 7-10-2 on the year, while Liberty finishes the season with a 7-9-2 overall mark. The seven victories are the most by PC since 2006, its final season in Division II, when the Blue Hose reached eight victories.
The Blue Hose will travel to No. 1 seed Radford on Wednesday, November 9, for a 7 p.m. match in Radford, Va. in the semifinal round of the Big South Championship. The Big South regular season champion edged PC, 1-0, in overtime during the regular season match between the two back on October 8 in Radford, Va.