Tennessee Wesleyan scored twice in the final four minutes on Saturday afternoon, to rally and defeat Lourdes 10-9 at the Soccer Field in Athens, Tenn.
“We were very excited to get onto the field again,” head coach Patrick Yannarelli said afterwards. “We made some little errors that compounded to start, but everyone battled back hard and we had a good look at the goal at the end. We are very excited about what this team can become.”
The Bulldogs scored the only goal in the opening period and added to the lead, taking a 4-2 advantage into halftime. Tennessee Tech added two more tallies to open the third quarter before Lourdes began its comeback attempt.
Mark O’Bryant (Shaker Heights, Ohio/Shaker Heights H.S.) and Greg Johanning (Tivertson, R.I./Tivertson H.S.) each scored in the final minute of the third to pull the Gray Wolves within two heading into the final 15 minutes.
Cory Campbell (Dayton, Ohio/Bellbrook H.S.) opened the fourth with a goal before the Bulldogs answered. Three straight goals by Drew Gilhooly (Livonia, Mich./Detroit Catholic Central H.S.), Johanning, and Casey Hilfinger (Whitehouse, Ohio/Anthony Wayne H.S.) put Lourdes in front for the first time, 8-7, with less than 12 minutes to play.
After the Bulldogs retied the game, Johanning tallied his third of the game with 4:28 to play, giving Lourdes a 9-8 edge. After Tennessee Wesleyan tied the game, Dalton O’Connell Zradicka scored his third of the game with 2:50 to play to give the Bulldogs the win. Lourdes had a chance to tie in the final seconds, but Campbell’s shot was saved by Patrick Demoss, one of 10 stops in the game for him.
Jared Huiskens (Bay City, Mich./Central H.S.) made 11 saves in goal for the Gray Wolves as Tennessee Wesleyan (3-1) held a 35-32 overall shot edge and a 21-19 advantage on goal.
Jake Noel (Knoxville, Tenn./William Blount H.S.) collected 10 ground balls to pace Lourdes while also winning 11 faceoffs.
Lourdes (1-1) will head to Williamsburg, Ky. on Tuesday afternoon for a neutral site game against Point. The opening faceoff is set for 2 p.m. at James H. Taylor Stadium.