ROCK HILL, SC— Winthrop scored four first half goals en route to a 4-0 victory over Presbyterian College, Wednesday afternoon in Big South Conference men’s soccer action.
It was the second straight shutout for the Eagles as they improve to 9-4-1 overall and even their league mark to 3-3. The victory now gives the men’s soccer program 399 wins all-time as the Eagles will look for their 400th on Saturday at Longwood. Presbyterian College falls to 3-10 overall and 1-5 in the conference.
After a pretty calm first 20 minutes of the match, Winthrop opened the scoring on Pol Sole’s second goal of the season. Sophomore C.J. Miller delivered a ball across the box and senior Adriano Negri redirected the ball toward Sol outside the box. Sol took a touch to the side of a defender to set up his right foot from 20-yards out and ripped the ball low. The shot looked like it was initially saved as Blue Hose goalkeeper Tyler Beadle got his hand on it, but the ball popped up and over and spun into the goal.
Senior Mason Lavallet made it 2-0 in the 32nd minute when he received a pass from Patrick Barnes at the penalty spot and hit a one-touch shot that beat Beadle high and to his right.
Then Obougou netted two goals in the final three minutes of the first half beginning with his seventh goal of the season in the 43rd minute. Jose Mencia delivered a corner kick right in front of goal and Jon Simic ran on and redirected a header toward frame as Beadle made a diving save. The rebound came right to Obougou’s foot as he settled it and passed the ball into the open net.
With 40 seconds to play in the half, Cody Winter played a long ball over the top of the Presbyterian College defense as Patrick Barnes settled the pass and quickly delivered the ball in front where Obougou’s one touch shot from seven yards out found the right side of the goal for his eighth of the season. It is the second straight season Obougou netted two goals against the Blue Hose.
The best chance for the Blue Hose to get on the scoreboard came in the 61st minute. Nico Fazio was on the end of a cross and his shot from the top of the six-yard box off a cross pinged off the crossbar and over the goal. Presbyterian College finished the game with 10 shots, including a couple of good looks inside the box but were either off target or blocked by Winthrop defenders.
Sophomore Fabian Broich made one save to earn his second straight win and first shutout with the Eagles. Beadle finished the game with five saves for PC.
Winthrop is back in action on Saturday, Oct. 26 when it heads to Farmville, VA to take on Longwood at 6 p.m. Presbyterian College will be in action on Sunday, Oct. 27 at 2 p.m. when it hosts Radford.