Lions bounce back with victory on day 2

Lions bounce back with victory on day 2

Cleveland, TN - On the second day of the Olive Garden Invitational the Lions faced off against Shorter University. The Lions came into the game on the back of a defeat whilst the Hawks were filled with confidence after a 4-0 victory.

The Lions came into the game with a distinct game plan and it worked well in the first half as they limited the Shorter attacking opportunities. The Lions showed great patience defensively and went into the half tied 0-0.
 
The second half was delayed for 30 minutes because of lightning in the area. When the teams did come out for the second half it was the Lions who scored first. Morgan Anders picked up a loose ball and fired it toward goal and Mark Shrosbree headed home in the 63rd minute. The lead did not last long as Mauricio Rancel fired home from a free kick in the 69th minute.
Emmanuel regained the lead in the 73rd minute as Mark Shrosbree converted a penalty after good work by Moran Anders seen him chopped down in the box. A defensive mistake allowed Shorter back into the game three minutes later as Fernando De Barros equalized for the Hawks in the 76th minute.
The game winner was scored in the 79th minute as Ryan Elswick rose highest to flick the ball beyond the Shorter back line and freshmen Blair Sprinhall was at hand to give Emmanuel the victory.
The Lions showed great resolve to hold on to the lead and soak up pressure from Shorter in the remaining ten minutes.
Coach Borchers praised the Lions resolve and the ability to push on to get the result, and noted how good it felt to come away with the win after such a long time, especially on the second day of what proved to be a tough weekend.
The Lions are on the road again next week as they travel to King University, to take on the Tornados in conference play.
 

 

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