Lions Hold Off Brewton Parker for 3-2 Win In Lions Cup
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Lions Hold Off Brewton Parker for 3-2 Win In Lions Cup

Sat, Sep. 2, 2017 - [Men's Soccer]

Matt Barker, Sports Information Director

HENDERSON, Tenn. - The Freed-Hardeman Lion soccer team secured their first win of the season Saturday night at the Lions Cup Invitational, as they held off Brewton Parker (Ga) College for a 3-2 victory. With the win, the Lions move to 1-2 on the season. Brewton Parker evens up their season record at 1-1 with the loss.

"It was an encouraging game for the guys," said Jason Elliott, head coach for the FHU soccer teams. "They showed heart and guts after leading and then giving up an equaliser in the second half. Our defense communicated and played together well while Jeremiah Bailey made two very good saves to keep us in the game."

Similar to the first match of the night, both teams would stay relatively quiet in the first frame, as things were scoreless following the first 45 minutes of play. Both teams were evenly matched on the offensive end, as Freed-Hardeman (1-2) attempted 18 shots in the match compared to Brewton Parker who attempted 20 shots.

Jeremiah Bailey was solid in goal, as he saved five shots in the win compared to Brewton Parker keeper Daniel Conlin who stopped four shots in the loss. The Lions found success pushing the ball forward especially in the second frame, as they attempted eight shots on goal in the match compared to the Barons who attempted just six shots on goal.

George Achard led the Lions on the attack, as he pounded in one goal off a penalty kick in the 83rd minute to go along with six shots, three shots on goal and one assist in the match.

Andrij Sawczuk followed close behind, as he attempted five shots and two shots on goal while firing in a goal of his own in the 80th minute off an assist by Bret SveinsonMauricio Jose Gonzalez also found the back of the net for the Lions with a goal in the 67th minute off an assist by Achard to put FHU on the board with a 1-0 advantage.

Lionel Touroude led Brewton Parker on the offensive end, as he fired in a goal for the Barons in the 74th minute to even things up at one apiece midway through the second frame. David Jackson also found the back of the net for the Barons in the 89th minute, but it would be too little too late, as the Lions were able to secure the 3-2 victory.

"The guys worked hard after some tough results earlier in the week," said Elliott. "We have a young team and lost so much due to graduation last year, but the guys are learning and starting to show some competitive juices."

UP NEXT: The Freed-Hardeman soccer teams are back in action Tuesday, September 5th, as they host Lousiana State University Alexandria. The Lady Lions kick things off first at 3:30 PM followed by the men's match at 5:30 PM at the Josh Riley Soccer Complex.