TWO GOALS BY SPENCER NOT ENOUGH TO BOOST PIRATES PAST MILLSAPS
JACKSON, Miss. – Senior forward Josh Spencer scored the
first and last goals of the game and the Pirates had 19 more shots
than the Majors, but Southwestern still dropped the conference
match-up on Friday night 3-2. SU falls to 5-5 on the season and 1-2
in SCAC conference action while Millsaps improves to 7-5 and
Spencer wasted no time in the game, giving the Pirates the lead just five minutes into the contest when he gathered a rebounded shot off the crossbar and buried it in the back of the net to put SU up 1-0.
Just 10 minutes later Millsaps scored the equalizer on a penalty kick by Daniel Moise. Moise scored again 24 minutes later on a through ball to give the Majors the 2-1 lead going into halftime.
Southwestern applied tremendous pressure to the Millsaps defense as they earned five corner kicks in a span of 2:10, but were unable to get the ball past the Majors’ goalkeeper Dylan Broussard.
As the second half began Millsaps was able to extend their lead as Brandon Mong scored his came away from a scramble with the ball and fired a shot that sailed over the head of sophomore goal keeper Nick Pierce and into the back of the net increasing the Millsaps lead to 3-1 just 3:13 into the second half.
Things turned very physical from this point forward and the Pirates cut the lead to 3-2 when Spencer scored his second goal of the match with seven minutes remaining.
With tensions high and time running out Southwestern put the pressure on and with 1:22 remaining in regulation thought they scored the tying goal, but after the center official talked things over with his assistant they deemed the scoring player to be offside and the goal was disallowed.
The Pirates dominated the contest, leading in shots (23-4) and corners (10-5) but were behind in the all important goals. They remain on the road as they travel to face Birmingham-Southern on Sunday at 11:00 am.