Clinton, S.C. – The Presbyterian College Blue Hose (4-6-2, 2-2-1) men’s soccer team suffered a 2-1 loss at the hands of the Liberty Flames (8-3-1, 4-1-0) on Friday night at Martin Stadium. It was the fourth straight game decided by one or fewer goals, the Blue Hose are 1-2-1 in this stretch.

How it happened:

The Blue Hose controlled the first 15 minutes of the game, outshooting the Flames 3-0 and 2-0 in corner kicks but they were unable to get on the board.

The Flames would take advantage of their first real opportunity as Liberty’s Alex Dominguez would collect the loose ball after the previous shot was blocked and caught Connor Behrend off balance for the first goal of the night.

The rest of the first half would be back and forth with the Flames taking the 1-0 lead in to the intermission.

The first 34 minutes of the second half was very defensive but in the final 11 minutes there was plenty of action.

Sergio Pinto made a beautiful cross through traffic that Nemanja Zivanovic would catch with his head and put in the far side of the goal for the equalizer at the 79:40 mark.

Six minutes later the Flames would go back on top at the 85:27 mark after a three-man fast break broke out down the field. Kevin Mendoza collected the final pass, made a move and got past the Blue Hose defenders to get the ball past Behrend.

Coaches Quote:

“Give Liberty and their coaching staff credit,” said coach Jonathan Potter. “We did not execute tonight and were punished from some good attacking play. We need to bounce back quickly and keep moving forward as we prepare for Campbell next weekend.”

Game Notes:

- The Blue Hose played in their fourth straight game decided by one goal or fewer.

- They played in their eighth game overall this season decided by one goal or fewer.

- They are 2-4-2 in those eight games.

- Zivanovic scored his first goal of his freshman season becoming the ninth different Blue Hose to score a goal.

- Now seven of the nine individuals to score a goal this season are freshmen.

- Pinto recorded his second assist of the season stretching his points lead as he now has eight points to lead the way.

Up Next:

The Blue Hose have eight days off before they host Campbell on Saturday, October 21. This game will serve as senior day for the Blue Hose seniors.