September 25, 2012

Soccer Comeback Falls Short, Tigers Lose 2-1 to Greensboro

GREENSBORO, NC - The Tiger Soccer team trailed 2-0 after 55:26 of play a mounted a furious rally, but the comeback came up short as Hampden-Sydney fell 2-1 at Greensboro College Tuesday afternoon.

In a hard fought defensive first half, neither team was able to get much going on offense, but the Pride capitalized on one of their few opportunities in the 32nd minute when Logan Paussa scored an unassisted goal. The defensive tone continued the rest of the half as both teams combined for just two more shots going into halftime.

The offenses began to get on track in the second period as the two teams registered 19 shots after intermission. A flurry of shots in the first eight minutes proved to do no damage as each team's goalkeeper made two early saves. However, the Tigers were called for a foul in the box in the 56th minute, allowing Paussa to finish off a penalty kick goal to put Greensboro up 2-0.

The Tigers didn't give up and controlled the game over the next 13 minutes with it resulting in a Chris Whiteside (Virginia Beach, VA / Frank W. Cox) goal, courtesy of a Jackson Parker (Raleigh, NC / Sanderson) assist, at 69:25. Greensboro took back control of the game and fired off a few shots over the next ten minutes, but two more saves from Jeff Bone (Altamonte Springs, FL / Lyman) kept the Tigers in the game. Hampden-Sydney managed four shots in the final eight minutes, but three were wide or high of the goal while the other was blocked.

Hampden-Sydney had 13 shots compared to 14 for Greensboro, and Bone recorded all four of H-SC's saves in the second half. The Tigers held a narrow 4-3 edge in corner kicks but were whistled for four offsides calls compared to two for the Pride.

Hampden-Sydney travels to Roanoke College on Friday for a 7 pm contest. Prior to the game, Hampden-Sydney's Roanoke Alumni Club will be hosting a tailgate at Mac & Bob's Restaurant. If interested in attending the tailgate or game, please contact Michael Copty at hampden.sydney.roanoke@gmail.com to RSVP.