CLINTON, S.C. – The No. 14 High Point men’s soccer team defeated Presbyterian College, 1-0, on Wednesday night at Martin Stadium. The Panthers’ Siggi Benonysson scored the eventual game winner in the 19th minute.
How It Happened
The game was a physical affair with 5 yellow cards, 1 red card and 40 total fouls called.
Jan Hoffelner saved the Panther’s first shot of the game, a low chance by Josh Baker, following the game’s first corner kick less than three minutes into the game. It was also High Point’s only corner of the game.
Both teams traded fouls until High Point took a 1-0 lead off Benonysson’s fifth goal of the season. Jonathan Bolanos crossed the ball into the six-yard box as Benonysson connected with a sliding shot to score.
PC had several quality chances at scoring the equalizer including a shot from Andrew Miller-Bell in the 31st minute and a missed penalty kick in the 51st minute after Adrian Edo Martin was tackled in the box on a fast break.
Hoffelner and High Point’s Keegan Meyer both recorded two saves in the game. PC led on shots 10-7 for the game and 7-4 in the second half.
High Point improved to 13-2-1 (7-0-1) and received the Big South’s No. 1 seed going into the Big South Tournament.
Presbyterian College moved to 6-11 (5-3) and tied with Radford (7-8, 5-3) in the final standings. Yet the Blue Hose received the No. 3 seed due to the Highlander’s 1-0 overtime victory over PC on October 6. Their five Big South wins are a program-best as is the No. 3 seeding.
PC will host No. 6 Longwood (5-12-1, 3-4-1) in the first round of the Big South Tournament on Sunday, November 4, at 6 p.m. The Blue Hose recently defeated the Lancers, 2-0, at Martin Stadium on October 20.