Greenville, S.C. – The Presbyterian College men’s soccer team (0-5) dropped a 1-0 game to Furman (2-3) on Saturday night at Stone Stadium. The Paladins scored the game winner off a 36th minute penalty kick by Laurence Wyke.
How It Happened
The game was a physical match with a combined 36 fouls and five yellow cards being issued.
PC had a couple quality chances early as Andrew Miller-Bell narrowly missed with a back-heel shot that went wide left in the 20th minute, and Mathias Mikalsen forced a save from Ben Hale in the 25th minute with a curling shot from outside the 18-yard box.
Jan Hoffelner recorded a great one-on-one save against Josiah Baker in the 30th minute to keep the game scoreless.
However, a foul in the box on Baker in the 36th minute gave the Paladins a penalty kick. Furman took the 1-0 lead off Wyke’s first goal of the season.
At the half both teams had committed eight fouls, PC led on corner kicks 3-2, and Hoffelner had a pair of saves.
In the second half, Miller-Bell had another quality chance saved by Hale in the 60th minute. Sergio Pinto also forced a save in the 90th minute.
Late in the game, Hoffelner made another highlight save on Baker in the 85th minute to keep the score 1-0. The sophomore ended the game with four saves.
“Tonight, Furman was the better team,” said head coach Jonathan Potter. “We didn’t do the little things well particularly in the first half. This stretch of games to start the season will test our players character, and we will come out of it a stronger team.”
PC will travel to Georgia State for a 7:00 pm game on Saturday, September 15.