Davidson, N.C. – The Presbyterian College Blue Hose (0-1-0) men’s soccer team fell to the Davidson Wildcats (1-0-0) by a 2-1 score at Alumni Stadium in Davidson, N.C. on Saturday night. It was the season opener for both teams.

How it happened: The Blue Hose fell behind in the first half when goalkeeper Connor Behrend came up to catch a long pass into the box. The Davidson offensive player was going up to attempt a header when Behrend jumped to catch the ball, the offensive player went to the ground injured and was taken out. Davidson was awarded a penalty kick. The Wildcats converted and took a 1-0 lead 19 minutes into the match.

Just two minutes layer the Blue Hose had Davidson pinned in their box, the Davidson player attempted to dribble past two Blue Hose attackers, Clement Vannier picked up the loose ball and pushed it past the Wildcat goalkeeper who came up to play the ball to even the score at 1-1.

The Blue Hose controlled the majority of play in the early parts of the second half but with 32:19 to play in the match the Wildcats were able to retake the lead at 2-1. The Wildcats had a fast break down the far sideline when the Davidson’s Jaylen Thompson made a pass into the center of the field where Aidan Peterson headed the ball in for the go ahead goal.

The Wildcats were able to control the ball the remainder of the clock and fend off the Blue Hose attempts at tying the match.

Stat of the Game: Six, the number of freshmen who made their first collegiate start for the Blue Hose.

Player of the Game: Freshman, C. Vannier was the offensive spark for the Blue Hose in netting his first career goal in his first career match. He also took three shots overall, two of which were on goal.

Notables:

  • In the loss the Blue Hose fall to 0-8-0 all-time versus the Wildcats.
  • Six freshman started and 10 total played in tonight’s first match of the 2017 season.

Up Next: The Blue Hose host USC Upstate on Wednesday, August 30 at 7 p.m.