SAU soccer wins pair of thrillers

Staff report

September 19, 2013

LAURINBURG — The St. Andrews University men’s soccer team scored with five minutes to go in the second overtime on a goal by Andy Zimiso Stewart off an assist from Caio Liberatti to stun the Milligan Buffaloes and send the home crowd home happy on Tuesday evening at Knights Field.

The game began scoreless for the first 30 minutes until junior forward Caio Lima scored in the 33rd minute off an assist from senior Ben Parr to put the Knights up 1-0. It was Lima’s fifth goal on the year as he now leads SAU in points with 11.

SAU would lead until the middle of the second half when Milligan came back with the tying goal in the 69th minute from Anthony Matekenya.

It would remain tied for the next 35 minutes as SAU freshman goalkeeper Leandro Custodio made save after save against Milligan’s relentless shots. In all, Custodio made 18 saves as the game went into double overtime where SAU was finally able to come through for him with the second goal of the year by Stewart and third assist from Liberatti to give the Knights the thrilling and much-deserved win.

The Knights were outshot by Milligan 20-4 during the second half and overtime periods.

With the win, St. Andrews improves to 3-4 overall and 1-2 in the AAC and moves into a tie for fifth place in the conference while Milligan falls to 1-5 overall and 1-2 in the league.

The Knights will continue their short 2 game homestand when they host Reinhardt University (Ga.) (2-3, 0-2) on Saturday at 2:15 pm here at Knights Field.

Before the men’s team won their dramatic match, the SAU women’s side had their own dramatic victory.

SAU rallied back to top Milligan College 2-1 on sophomore forward Jessica Martinez’s game winner in the 80th minute in the Knights’ home opener Tuesday afternoon.

Milligan got off to a quick lead as they scored just 12 minutes into the game. But SAU scored just after halftime on a beautiful goal by junior midfielder Rebekah Webster to knot the game at one.

It would remain tied until the 82nd minute when Martinez scored her first goal of the season off an assist from Webster.

The Lady Knights outshot the Buffaloes 13-11 overall including 10-7 in the second half on their way to the conference win.

SAU goalkeepers Jessica Griffith and Brittany Roberts combined for four saves as each played a half.

Martinez led with five shots attempted while freshmen Alejandra Bittelman and Amanda Priest had three and two shots respectively.

With the win St. Andrews improves to 3-3 overall and 2-1 in the AAC and moves into fourth place in the conference while Milligan falls to 2-4-1 and 1-2 in the league.

The Lady Knights will continue their three game homestand when they host Reinhardt University (4-1, 1-0) on noon Saturday at Knights Field.