Laurinburg, NC- The St. Andrews Men's Soccer team played extremely well Wednesday at Knights Field, but came up short 2-0 on two late goals to AAC favorite Tennessee Wesleyan.
Picked to finish first in the conference in the preseason, TWC (7-3-2, 5-2) struggled to penetrate SAU's stifling defense all game until the 80th minute when the Bulldog's Josh Martin scored the winning goal, taking the drama right out of the game. They then tacked on an insurance goal in the 89th minute while playing a man down.
After an uneventful first half where both teams played cautiously, not wanting to take any chances, only eight shots total were attempted leading to a scoreless draw at the half.
Sophomore forward Caio Liberatti led the offense with five shots attempted whereas freshman forward Breno Calegari fired two as SAU had trouble breaking through the Bulldogs' strong defense.
SAU goalkeeper Corey Francis made some great saves during the game including one in the second half where he dove to his right to stop a Bulldog penalty kick surprising TWC, who thought for sure that they were going to score. His saves and great Knight defense helped keep SAU in the game against the favored Bulldogs, but it was just not enough on this day.
St. Andrews (4-7, 2-4) had 13 shots with four on goal as they outshot the Bulldogs 13-10. However, TWC had eight of their shots on goal, making the difference in the game.
St. Andrews next hits the road for a non-conference battle vs. Columbia International University in Columbia, SC Tuesday, October 16 at 4 PM.