The Friends University men’s soccer team rallied from an early deficit for a second straight game, but the Falcons once again came up short late as visiting Johnson & Wales won 2-1 inside Adair-Austin Stadium Saturday afternoon.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Friends (0-2) controlled early with just eight shots to three for the Wildcats, but it was Johnson & Wales (J&W) that would get the first goal, scoring on a header with 5:33 left before halftime on the only goal before the break.
- The Falcons came out more aggressive in the 2nd half, and scored just 3:33 into the period on a goal by Yannish Meanger (SR/Brisbane, Australia) to tie it up 1-1 as J&W failed to clear the ball.
- The Wildcats (2-2) answered back, scoring on another header in the 60th minute.
- A red card would put J&W a man down with 15:27 remaining and the Falcons had several opportunities to even up the score but couldn’t get one in the net as the game ended in a 2-1 defeat.
BY THE NUMBERS:
6 – Shots by Josh Garcia for Friends to lead all players. Garcia has 11 shots through the first two games after totaling just eight in eight games played in 2014
8 – Cards issued between the two teams in a scrappy contest. Five of the cards, including the only red, were issued to J&W. Seven of the cards came after halftime
23 – Shots for the Friends, compared to just eight for the Wildcats
34 – Fouls total in the match, 13 for J&W, 10 for the Falcons. After just 10 fouls in the first half, the teams combined for 23 in the second
Friends travels to Waxahachie, Texas to take on Southwest Assemblies of God on Thursday, September 10th. The match is scheduled to start at 4:00pm after the women’s game.