Cooper Gaypia scored the match's lone goal in the 55th minute as University of Mount Olive survived more than two hours of weather delays and playing a man down for the final 35 minutes for a 1-0 victory over Goldey-Beacom College in non-conference men's soccer Sunday at Amon Field. The contest was the home opener for the Trojans.
Mount Olive (1-1-0) was limited to only two shots in the first half, but the third time was the charm after Fernando Tacuri sent a long service to the top of the box. Gaypia got ahead of the Goldey-Beacom defense, beat the keeper to the ball and scored into an empty net to break a scoreless tie at the 54:49 mark.
Goldey-Beacom (0-2-0) would gain a man advantage shortly after the goal when a Trojan player picked up his second yellow card. Despite the advantage, the Lightning managed only five shot attempts in the second half, none on goal.
Goldey-Beacom narrowly missed getting on the scoreboard five minutes into the match when Chahin Aghrin's 18-yard shot from the top right of the box caromed off the left post. The Lightning had three shot attempts in the first 10 minutes of the contest.
Play was suspended at the 11:37 mark after lightning was spotted. Play resumed after a 98-minute delay and a light rain quickly turned into a downpour. The match had to be halted again at the 24:23 mark and was delayed for another 44 minutes. The remainder of the contest was played without delay, but both teams were affected by field conditions that saw players lose their footing and the ball frequently coming to a dead stop in puddles.
Mount Olive was outshot 12-7 for the match. Trojan goalkeeper Liam Fautley recorded nine saves, while Lightning keeper Suhail Bismilla finished with two saves.
Mount Olive is idle until Saturday when the Trojans play host to North Greenville University in Conference Carolinas action. Match time is 4 p.m. at Amon Field.