Clinton, S.C. – The Blue Hose (3-5-1, 1-1-0) surrendered two goals in the first ten minutes of the game and Gardner-Webb (4-3-1, 1-1-0) held on for a 2-1 win.
How it happened:
Gardner-Webb scored 5:13 minutes into the game and added another goal on a penalty kick four minutes later to make the score 2-0 just 9:17 into the game.
Following the second goal by the Runnin’ Bulldogs the Blue Hose would change momentum and control the momentum the majority of the rest of the game. At the 38:42 mark Presbyterian had their first good look at the goal as Nemanja Zivanovic took a shot that was saved by Jacob Beyer.
At the 66:08 mark the Blue Hose would cut the score to 2-1 when Clement Vannier was able to convert a penalty kick. Vannier nearly had the equalizer at the 89:09 mark but the header was saved by Beyer.
Gardner-Webb had a few opportunities to stretch their lead in the second half but goal keeper Connor Behrend was able to come up with four second half saves to keep the Runnin’ Bulldogs at two.
“We were very disappointed with our mentality in the first half and felt we were well beneath the level required to win games in this league,” said Coach Jonathan Potter. “Gardner-Webb is a good attacking team and we were punished for not doing our job defensively from the first minute. We have to work very hard the next few days to prepare for a very good Radford team here at home on Wednesday.”
- Presbyterian finished with a 21-10 advantage in shots, including 14-5 in the second half.
- The Blue Hose had an 8-1 advantage in corner kicks, including 8-0 in the second half.
- GWU was called offsides twice while PC was once.
- There were seven combined yellow cards issued in the contest.
The Blue Hose host Radford on Wednesday night at 7 p.m.