Warriors advance to Conference Carolinas Semifinals after game against Trojans ends in penalty kicks.
The excitement was high as Southern Wesleyan and Mount Olive faced each for the second time in three days. Mount Olive struck first with a goal by Dauda Sanoh, but the Warriors were not ready to let the Trojans take the game. Sam Rowden passed the ball to Michel Herszenhaut who shot it past Trojan goalie Nick Bernsdorf to score the first Warrior goal and tie the game 1-1. Herszenhaut was not done for the evening, however, as he passed the ball to senior forward Christian Taylor minutes later for Taylor to score the second goal of the game and giving the Warriors a 2-1 lead at halftime.
The second half began and the energy in the stands was growing as the Warriors took the field. The Warriors took three shots on goal compared to the Trojans' two in the second half. However, the Trojans were able to get a second goal behind the Warrior defense and push the game into overtime.
Two overtime periods passed and neither team was able to get the goal through the defense. With the overtime periods over, the Warriors and Trojans took the field to make penalty kicks. The Trojans shot first, but Miguel Uribe blocked the goal, bringing Sergio Tapia up to take a shot. Tapia drove the ball by Bernsdorf, allowing the Warriors to take a 1-0 lead. The Trojans' Jonathan Alexanders made his goal, but Taylor countered with a goal to pull the Warriors ahead 2-1. Grant Conybear scored a second goal for the Trojans. Herszenhaut came up, but was unable to get the ball past Bernsdorf. The Trojans missed their next goal, and Sebastian Castro came up for the Warriors. With the energy surging, Castro scored the goal for the Warriors and gave the Southern Wesleyan the win.
"Tonight was a great match with a great atmosphere from the home crowd," said Head Men's Soccer Coach Garrett Bireline. He continued, "It's tough for anyone to play two matches against the same opponent in three days. Mount Olive is a quality team who has been very good throughout October. I'm thankful for the Seniors to be able to go out with a win at home this year."
Uribe contributed with two saves in the win for the Warriors. The Warriors took a total of eleven shots on the goal during the game. Taylors goal was his tenth of the season and Herszenhaut scored his eleventh.
The win for the Warriors brings their record to 11-7 and 7-4 in Conference Carolinas action. The University of Mount Olive Trojans become 5-10-1 and 4-7 in Conference play. The Southern Wesleyan University Warriors will next take on Limestone College Saints on neutral territory at Pfeiffer University at 4 p.m. on November 3.