GSW men’s soccer earns draw in game three; Lady ‘Canes drop 2017 opener

Published 3:23 pm Tuesday, September 12, 2017


MOUNT VERNON, Ga. — Georgia Southwestern State University men’s soccer all-time leading scorer Silvio Polly added to his tally when he delivered the equalizer on Sept. 6 at Brewton-Parker College to help the Hurricanes earn a 1-1 draw and stay clean in the loss column, moving to 2-0-1 this season.
In GSW women’s soccer action, the Lady ‘Canes opened the 2017 season with a 2-1 defeat against Emmanuel College that same night at Hurricane Field.
Brewton-Parker struck first in the Hurricanes’ match with its goal in the 33rd minute off a header by Manuel Casonova taken from the cross by Nathan Skaggs. The Barons held on to their 1-0 lead through the halftime break.
Polly evened the score at the 50:54 mark by punching in his second goal of the young season.
The Hurricanes outshot Brewton-Parker, 13-5, in the second half of regulation, but dipped in the overtime sessions, falling behind 8-4. The teams finished even in shots on goal and saves as both keepers turned away eight attempts. GSW held a 7-3 advantage in corner kicks and BPC committed seven more fouls (16-9).
GSW halted a two-match losing streak against the Barons and maintained a slim advantage (5-4-1) in the all-time series.
In the Lady ‘Canes’ match-up, GSW (0-1-0) gave up two first half goals to the Lions before getting on the board in the 67th minute. Despite having several chances at an equalizer, the Lady Hurricanes were unable to convert opportunities in front of the goal.
Forward Shatyriah Crawford put away the Lady ‘Canes first goal of the season. When teammate Anna Higginbotham left a good ball in the box, Crawford was able to beat Emmanuel keeper Hannah Welch.
Georgia Southwestern had opportunities to find the tying score, including two in the final two minutes from Crawford and Ella Hawkins.
The Lions were able to save a shot by Crawford and block Hawkins’ effort at the equalizer.
Emmanuel (2-0-0) scored their first goal in the 28th minute on a shot from Lindsay Lee, and recorded their second in the 37th minute when Katie Estrada found the back of the net.
Georgia Southwestern outshot Emmanuel by a 15-11 mark and took 10 corners to Emmanuel’s one.
Hawkins and Crawford led GSW with five shots each, while seniors Haley West and Jessica Bingham each took two shots for the Lady Canes.
Concordia College’s men’s team comes to Americus on Sept. 9 from Alabama as the Hurricanes play host for the first time this season in a 3:30 p.m. match at Hurricane Field.
The Lady Canes retook the field on Sept. 8 at 7:00 pm for their first road game of the season at Middle Georgia State. The results of this match-up were not available at press time.
The Lady Hurricanes will then take a break before returning to the pitch to face Southern Wesleyan in Americus on Sept. 13.