HENDERSON, Tenn. - 10/4/2011 - The Union University men’s soccer team earned a hard fought victory on the road in a 4-3 double-overtime win at Freed-Hardeman University. Union improved to 4-5-1 on the season and 2-1 in league play. Freed-Hardeman dropped to 7-4 overall and 0-3 in the TranSouth.
Union freshman and former Trinity Christian Standout Alex Pratt recorded the game-winner in the 104th minute of play to give Union the conference victory. Union never led in the contest until that game-winning goal by Pratt.
The Lions of Freed-Hardeman scored first with a goal just nine minutes into the match. Kenniel Hyde scored on an assist from Nolan Beede. Then, just four minutes later, Union answered to tie the match on a goal from Guilherme Reis. It only took Freed-Hardeman 40 seconds to regain the lead as Simbarashe Zvaita scored on an assist from Hyde to put the Lions up 2-1. The score stayed at 2-1 until just before the half when Union’s Reis added his second goal of the half to tie the match at 2-2. That is where the score stood at the half.
In the second half, Freed-Hardeman once again took a lead, but Union answered right back to tied the match at 3-3. Freed-Hardeman’s Hyde scored his second goal of the match to put his team up 3-2 in the 52nd minute of play. Then in the 64th minute, Union Dejan Kostic tied the match at 3-3. After six combined goals in the first 64 minutes, the teams played a scoreless final 26 minutes to end regulation tied at 3-3.
In the first overtime, neither team recorded a shot after Union had outshot Freed-Hardeman 17-14 in regulation. The game moved into the second overtime. Then, four minutes into the second overtime, Union got the win on Pratt’s goal.
Union finished the match with a 19-14 shots advantage, including 8-5 in shots on goal. Union and Freed-Hardeman managed just one shot each in the 14 minutes of overtime play.
Union’s James Landham recorded non saves in the match, allowing three goals in the win. Alexandre Girodo of FHU recorded three saves and allowed the four goals in his night of work in the net.
Up next for Union will be non-conference road match at Covenent (Ga.) College Saturday, October 8 at 6:00 p.m.
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