The Radford men’s soccer team scored a late game-tying goal against Presbyterian College, and after two overtimes of the Big South Semifinal contest couldn’t break the knot, the Highlanders went 4-2 in penalty kicks to advance to the League Championship to be held Sunday, Nov. 13, in Radford, Va. Mason Lewis scored his eighth goal of the season in the contest to give PC a 1-0 lead in the 83rd minute.
How it Happened
Despite several shot attempts by both teams in regulation, it wasn’t until the 83rd minute when Mason Lewis stole the ball off a Radford miscue and sent the ball past the keeper to give PC the 1-0 lead. The PC lead lasted just three minutes as Roberts took the corner from Jakob Strandsater and sent it into the back of the net to tie the game.
Neither team could mount a comeback in the final four minutes of regulation. In 20 minutes of overtime, there were just five total shots, four from Radford and one from PC, to end the game in a tie to force penalty kicks to decide which team went to the championship.
Radford made the first penalty kick, with PC’s shot getting stopped by the goalkeeper. Both teams were stopped on the second attempt, but the Highlanders made the next three, while holding the Blue Hose to two of three to take the 4-2 win to advance to Sunday’s championship game against Longwood, a 1-0 winner of High Point in the other semifinal.
Players of the Match
Mason Lewis recorded three shots and had one shot to lead the PC offense. Seven other Blue Hose posted a shot apiece, with Jakob Luedtke, Lewis and John Speed coming away with a shot on goal each. Connor Behrend played all 110:00 minutes, posting three saves.
Kieran Roberts and Myles Yorke each had three shots for Radford, with Roberts coming away with one goal. Aitor Blanco stood in goal for Radford, picking up two saves in 110:00 minutes.
Stats of the Match
While fouls were even at 12-12, Radford held the 19-10 advantage in shots and had 11 more corner kicks, 12-1.
PC ends the season 7-10-3 overall and 4-4 in the league, while Radford moves to 13-3-2, 7-1-0.
PC ends its season, while Radford hosts Longwood in the Big South Championship match, Sunday, Nov. 13.