STATESBORO, GA. – Georgia Southern Men's Soccer picked up a hard-fought win over Presbyterian College on Tuesday night, 3-2, in two periods of overtime. Hunter Norton scored the game-winner with 1:56 left in the second overtime period while his brother Reed Norton posted a stunning goal in the first half. It was a tremendous game for the former members of the Greenbrier Wolfpack.
The Eagles open league play on Sunday afternoon against Davidson at 2 p.m.
"Obviously the result was what we were looking for, but I was disappointed with the effort," said Head Coach Kevin Kennedy. "I feel like the guys could have done better tonight. Presbyterian worked hard, but we made it a little harder than it needed to be for ourselves tonight."
With the overtime win, Georgia Southern improves to 4-4-0 on the year while Presbyterian College drops to 3-4-0.
The Blue Hose drew first blood with a goal in the 15th minute. John Speed finished a cross from Josh Carter at 10 yards for PC's first goal since September 6th. The shot on frame took a deflection off a Georgia Southern defender, allowing the ball to easily find its way past the keeper and into the net.
Reed Norton got the Eagles back on level terms just before the halftime break with an impressive individual effort. Norton dribbled past five defenders, bringing the ball from the flank near the corner flag to the top of the box and past the goalkeeper for the equalizing goal
Presbyterian College, however, re-took the lead on a miscue by the Eagle defense. PC's Ignacio Monchetti crossed the ball to the near post where two Eagle defenders were on hand to deal with the situation. The defenders collided and the ball bounced into the goal for a 2-1 PC advantage.
The Eagles responded with pressure, searching for the equalizer.
They found their second equalizer of the night with 15 minutes remaining. Hunter Norton won a ball off the Blue Hose defense at the top of the box and dished a quick pass to Witt Carlisle who struck it on the first touch into the net to tie the score at 2-2.
That goal sent the match into overtime for the first time in Georgia Southern's 2013 campaign.
The teams went scoreless in the first period of extra time, and the majority of the second until Hunter Norton handed the Eagles the win. He scored his third goal of the season off an assist by Ethan LaPan as the Eagles reach the .500 mark at 4-4. The goal came with just 1:56 left to play
Georgia Southern tallied 37 shots on the night which ranks fifth in program history and was the most shots since 1997.
Georgia Southern opens league play on Sunday afternoon with a 2 p.m. match against Davidson. The contest can be seen live on GS All-Access, the premium video service from GSEagles.com.
(Courtesy: Georgia Southern Athletics)
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