Lions drop heart breaker to Spartans in 2 OT
"Andrij Sawczuk netted two goals in Saturday's match against the Spartans"
Missouri Baptist University

Lions drop heart breaker to Spartans in 2 OT

Sat, Oct. 15, 2016 - [Men's Soccer]

Matt Barker, Sports Information Director

HENDERSON, Tenn. - The Freed-Hardeman Lion soccer team orchestrated an impressive comeback Saturday night against Missouri Baptist University by netting three goals in the second half to force overtime. However, a goal in the second overtime period by the Spartans would send the Lions home with their eighth loss of the year.

Despite the loss, the Lions (2-8, 2-5 AMC) received solid contribution from a variety of players including Freshman Andrij Sawczuk, who scored two of FHU's three goals in the match to jump start the comeback in the second frame.

Jorge Segura also found the back of the net in the match off an assist by George Achard to round out the scoring for the Lions.

The Lions were evenly matched with Missouri Baptist (7-4, 4-3 AMC) on the offensive end, as FHU fired in 11 shots and seven shots on goal in the match compared to the Spartans who attempted 16 shots and six shots on goal.

The Lions played solid for a majority of the first half, but the Spartans would strike in the closing minutes of the half with two back-to-back goals, both by Aris Nukic in the 42nd and 43rd minutes to give MBU the 2-0 advantage heading into the half.

The second half; however, would belong to the Lions, as Sawczuk would find the back of the net in the 55th and 88th minutes while Segura chipped in a goal in the 70th minute to even things up at three apiece following a goal by the Spartans in the 53rd minute.

The Lions would stay solid in the first overtime period, as they kept the Spartans from gaining any momentum on the offensive end. However, the second overtime period would be a different story, as Aris Nukic would strike again for Missouri Baptist with his third goal of the match in the sixth minute of the second overtime period to give the Spartans the 4-3 win.

With the loss, the Lions fall to 2-8 on the season and 2-5 in conference play. Missouri Baptist improves to 7-4 on the season and 4-3 in AMC play with the win.

UP NEXT: The Lions are back in action Tuesday, October 18, as they travel to Conway, Ark. for a match-up with Williams Baptist College. Match time is slated for 3:00 PM.