JACKSON, Tenn. - 10/8/2007 - The Union University Reserve Team traveled to Columbia, Kentucky last Friday night to square off with the undefeated Lindsey Wilson College junior varsity team. Before the match, Union players knew that they were getting set to play a national power soccer program.
Linsey Wilson showed why they had earned the name of a soccer powerhouse, as five minutes into the match a Lindsey Wilson striker slipped through a tight Union defense for the first goal of the match. Union was able to regroup right away as a handball call against Lindsey Wilson allowed Union' Eric Uruwingiyamana a penalty kick, in which he made good on to even the score.
The next five minutes were played in the midfield, where Union controlled the majority of the ball possession. However, a foul against Union resulted in a direct kick where Lindsey Wilson eventually deflected a shot into the upper corner of the goal to retake the lead. Union responded again by putting pressure on the Lindsey Wilson back line. Union striker David Romer's high pressure defending created a turnover in front of the net, and Romer was able to finish to even the score 2-2.
Union took their first lead of the game just before the half, as midfielder Matt Lynn had a well placed shot find the back of the net. Union led 3-2 at the half.
After the break, the game tightened up, as Union was determined to keep the lead. Goalkeeper Mike Phelan made two clutch saves in the second half to keep Union in the lead. In the 80th minute, midlfielder Rafa Rodriguez scored what would become the game-winner on strike from 30 yards out. Lindsey Wilson challenged late with a penalty kick goal with 13 second remaining to put the final score at 4-3.
The win brings Union's record to 5-3-1 on the season. They return to action Tuesday, as they travel to Northwest Mississippi Community College in Senatobia, MS.
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