Three Second Half Goals Propel No. 22 Campbellsville Over Eagles
WILMORE, Ky. - The Campbellsville Tigers' men's soccer team used a late goal at the end of the first half and three in the second half to take down the Eagles 5-2 on a soggy field in Wilmore Thursday evening.
The Eagles' Chris Israel and Jesse Peterson tallied for the hosts.
The Tigers capitalized on an early opportuntiy to take the lead prior to ten minutes elapsed.
Peterson's tally late in the first half would tie the game at one apiece and pointed toward what would be a battle for much of the game. Peterson's individual effort--avoiding a charging goal keeper and splitting two Tigers' defenseman-- capitalized on one of the many chances the Eagles had against the opposition's goal.
Early in the game the Eagles controlled the tempo, putting two very good chances on frame, forcing the Tigers' keeper to make some impressive saves. Stephen Mitchell's header from the six off a cross from the left corner and another chance from Austin O'Brien drew groans from the fans in attendance and the Eagles' bench but the score remained at 0-0 prior to the tallies by both teams.
The score seemed destined to enter the half tied at one, but a shot from the right side of the box was staved off by keeper John Burns only to find the feet of a Tigers' forward. The attacker left no room for error as he buried the shot, giving the visitors a 2-1 lead with just 29 seconds left in the first half.
Another goal from the Tigers on an absolute rocket to the upper left 90 left the Eagles staring up at a 3-1 deficit. But Chris Israel wouldn't allow his team to go down without a fight. Israel would collect a loose ball inside the box and put a shot on cage that deflected off a defender and eluded Campbellsville's keeper to cut the Tigers' lead to just one.
Multiple chances from the hosts, including a sliding attempt from Austin O'Brien threatened to tie it for the Eagles, but none hit paydirt as the Tigers would increase their lead to two again, and eventually to three as time wound down.
The Eagles played step-for-step with the Tigers for much of the game, actually having the upperhand in corners (9-5) and saves (8-3).
The Eagles will look to regroup after losing their second straight when they host the University of Pikeville on Tuesday 10/22 at 7 p.m.