Davidson College Sports Information
Luke Blades curled a free kick in from just outside the box in the 89th minute to lift Davidson over Georgia Southern, 2-1, in Southern Conference men’s soccer action on Homecoming Saturday at Alumni Stadium.
With time ticking down in regulation, the Wildcats earned a free kick on the far side after an Eagle foul. Blades lined up and drilled a bending ball into the box. The Eagles’ keeper came out to punch it away and instead it went through his hands and slipped into the left corner of the net for the game-winner. (Watch the video – see link below)
David Vargas Masis put Georgia Southern (2-9-0, 0-1-0 SoCon) on the board midway through the opening half with a lofted shot that curled just over the head of Wildcat keeper Matt Pacifici and inside the far post. Drew Ruggles set up Masis’ 27th minute goal and second of the season.
Davidson (5-5-1, 1-2-0 SoCon) ended a 327-minute scoreless drought and tied the game on Ryan Malden’s first career strike, a header off a Peter Paras corner kick.
Both teams finished with 13 shots, while Georgia Southern held a 5-4 edge in corner kicks.
Before the contest, seniors Andrew DiLallo, Brian McGue and Peter Paras were honored for their contributions on and off the field.
In addition to “Senior Day” festivities, the 1992 Final Four team was recognized and presented their College Cup rings at halftime.
ENDING ON THE ROAD
Davidson will conclude its regular season with six-straight contests on the road, including dates at North Carolina (10/9) and Duke (10/23).
Watch video highlights from the game from Davidson College Sports Information on YouTube.