Men’s soccer departs South Carolina with a 1-1 draw

Chuck Paggett

The Georgia Southern men’s soccer team played South Carolina to a draw Tuesday night in Columbia.

The match result brings the Eagles record to 5-5-1 as the team enters Sun Belt conference play in five of the remaining six regular season games.

Sophomore Adam Davie scored the lone goal, his team-leading seventh of the season for the Eagles off of a misplay by the Gamecocks goalkeeper early in the match.

A ball strike by South Carolina’s goalie struck Davie in the head and ricocheted into the net to put the Eagles on the board at minute 13.

Sophomore goalkeeper Jose Eduardo Bomfim got the start and notched five saves, but the tying goal by the Gamecocks came late in the match to force overtime.

South Carolina tallied their lone goal of the game with just 43 seconds remaining in play off of a cross that found Gamecocks CJ Mitchell-Smith who then found the back of the net.

Neither team could find a goal to swing their fate in the overtime period, as both squads ended with 16 shots in the 1-1 decision.

“I thought we came to ‘The Graveyard’ and played fantastically well,” Head Coach John Murphy said in a press release. “We created multiple chances, but I think the inability to score the second goal when we were on top was the thing that hurt us because they came back, as you expect them to do, and they created chances.”

The Eagles next match comes against in-state and conference rival Georgia State on Saturday, October 12 in Atlanta at 7 p.m.

Chuck Paggett, The George-Anne Sports Reporter,