Union downs Lambuth|
By JENNIFER GARVIN
The Jackson Sun
A bright, sunny day became a dark ground for rivalry Tuesday
Lambuth and Union's soccer teams met for the third annual
And for the first time, Union did something it had never done
a goal against the Eagles.
With seven minutes remaining, Scott Marksberry's goal off a
corner kick by
Gordon Wilson gave the Bulldogs a 1-0 victory in the first
sudden-death overtime at Lambuth.
"I said, 'Gordon, find me on this one. I'm feeling it,'สำ
the Bulldogs' captain who has compiled 23 points in seven
season. "He put it in there and knocked it off my
shoulder and hit one of
the defenders and popped back out. I was kind of already
backwards. I got my foot on it somehow and put it through. ...
Twice in regulation, the Bulldogs had goals called back
because of fouls.
With 3:42 remaining in the first half, Nikola Barjaktarevic's
Lambuth goalkeeper David Logue was ruled no good. Union
forward Joe Phiri
was called offsides on a goal with 34:17 to go in the second
"That was a psychological burden we had to get over,
having those goals
called back," Bulldogs coach Darin White said. "But
the guys showed they
have the heart of a champion and overcame it."
Offensively, the Bulldogs created more opportunities for
themselves at goal,
outshooting Lambuth, 19-11. In the second half, they expanded
before getting the eventual winner.
"He made some great plays," said Marksberry of
Logue, who stopped several
point-blank shots throughout the match to finish with 13
saves. "We were
coming at him in the second half (and) he was playing great
and it was just
good to get one past him. We caught him off-balance at the
Union goalkeeper Jeff Lean had four saves; the Bulldogs have
three goals this season. In their six wins, they've scored 44
Heading into Tuesday's match, Lambuth had outscored the
Bulldogs, 6-1, in
two previous meetings.
Union, a third-year program, suffered its only loss this
season in overtime
to No. 15 Birmingham-Southern. They weren't eager to relive
"When we walked out, I pulled the team in and I said,
'remember what it felt
like? I don't want that again. What do you guys think?'สำ
"That's just a great college soccer match, great for the
sport of soccer in
West Tennessee. That's what this was all about," White
said. "Good rivalry,
good, fair play-by-plays, good game."
Lambuth players took the loss hard. Following the match,
remained on the field, towels covering their faces.
"Last year, we won it on a free kick, and this year they
get it on a (free)
kick," Lambuth coach Chris Przemieniecki said. "They
put it in and we didn't
get it out. I thought Union today was the better team. They
tremendously from last year. We're very young and this was
just another one
of those learning experiences for us."
In the first half, Lambuth survived a couple of scares when
Honors was inadvertently struck in the groin by the cleat of a
player and Justin Wright took an elbow to the lip. Both
players returned for
the second half.
Lambuth (4-3 overall, 1-0 Mid-South Conference) takes to the
road for a
conference game against North Greenville at 1 p.m. Saturday.
Union (6-1 overall, 0-1 TranSouth) will play host to the Casey
on Friday and Saturday.
Williams Baptist and No. 23 Bethel (Ind.) play at 6 p.m.
Bulldogs face Reinhardt (Ga.) in an 8 p.m. match Friday.
On Saturday, Reinhardt and Williams Baptist meet at 4:30 p.m.;
Union face off at 6:30 p.m.
UNION 1, LAMBUTH 0
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