Men's Soccer Wins 5-3 Thriller Over King

Men's Soccer Wins 5-3 Thriller Over King

Bristol, Tenn. - The University of Mount Olive scored three goals in the final three minutes to take a 5-3 victory over King University in Conference Carolinas men's soccer Saturday afternoon in Bristol, Tenn. The win marked the Trojans first win on the year the first for 1st-year head coach Sean Brennan.

Match Information
Score: Mount Olive 5, King 3 
Records: Mount Olive (1-8-1, 1-5-0); King (5-6-0, 3-1-0)
Location: Bristol, Tenn. (Parks Field)

How It Happened

First Half

  • King got on the board first as Ryan Murphy in the 18th minute scored off a keeper save and the Tornado took the lead.
  • Mount Olive countered as Jonathan Alexandersson in the 19th minute settled a ball down and placed the equalizing goal into the bottom right corner of the goal.
  • The Tornado did not let the tie game stay for long as Luis Calderon put a shot home to regain the lead for King 2-1.
  • The opening half ended with King out-shooting the Trojans 11-to-5.

Second Half 

  • The second period remained quiet until, in the 64th minute, a King player received a red card and was sent off forcing the Tornado to play a man down for the remainder of the match.
  • Mount Olive took advantage of the man-up opportunity in the 75th minute as Lewis Xiberras struck for goal from 20 yards out and beat the King keeper to knot the game at two.
  • King wasted no time putting the pressure on Mount Olive 28 seconds later as Calderon put in his second goal of the game to tie the game once again.
  • The Trojans in the 89th minute were pressuring the Tornado back line and forced a foul in the box and were awarded a penalty kick. Kenneth Gilliam took the shot for UMO and tied the game for the third time.
  • Mount Olive added two more goals to their cushion quickly as Alexandersson scored with 25 seconds remaining and Trevor Knight added a goal with just six seconds left.

Key Stats

  • Jonathan Alexandersson led the Trojans with five shots, four on goal, and two goals. Dakotah Casale, Xiberras, and Knight all contributed two shots apiece with Xiberras and Knight adding a goal. 
  • Freshman Bernardo Mejia (1-1-1) picked up his first collegiate victory in goal for the Trojans as he faced 11 shots on goal and recorded eight saves.

Coaches Comments

  • "I am so proud of our team today. We have been through some very difficult adversity and our guys have never given up. I am proud to be a part of the with these guys today and can only hope this momentum will push us forward throughout the rest of the season," said Head Men's Soccer coach Sean Brennan.

Up Next

Mount Olive will travel to Coker College Wednesday, October 12 to take on the Cobras at 7 p.m. in Hartsville, S.C.