Scots suffer tough loss to N.C. Wesleyan, 1-0, on Senior Day

Scots suffer tough loss to N.C. Wesleyan, 1-0, on Senior Day

Maryville College suffered its first USA South loss of the season, as the Scots fell to N.C. Wesleyan College, 1-0, on Senior Day.

Before Sunday's match, Maryville honored its four seniors in Ryan Jorgensen, Colton Briggs, Cody VanKerschaever and Andrew Sullivan. Combined, the four Scots have amassed a career record of 54-14-3, while tallying a 28-6-3 mark in USA South competition.

The four have helped MC to the Final Four of the USA South Tournament on a trio of occasions, while earning a spot in the Championship game in 2014 and 2016. The Scots went on to win the 2016 USA South crown and earn a berth to the NCAA Tournament last season under the leadership of Jorgensen, Briggs, VanKerschaever and Sullivan.

On Sunday, N.C. Wesleyan would earn a goal in the 28th minute of play, as they would waste away time in the second half for the 1-0 victory.

The Bishops would see Larry Sawyer drive the field, as Jorgensen came out top to meet him. Jorgensen deflected the ball away, before Sawyer was able to collect it with a cross to the middle. Ryan Halliday sent a hard shot from the 18 line to the back of the net for the game-winner.

N.C. Wesleyan would outshoot MC, 7-4 in the opening half, as the teams combined for 17 fouls in the physical contest.

In the second half, Maryville would outshot the Bishops, 6-5, as MC narrowly missed on a couple chances.

Johnny Rakhmonberdiev had a free kick at the top of the box blocked just a foot wide by an N.C. Wesleyan defender with 32 minutes left, as he had another almost squeeze through Keeper Jordan Williams' legs.

The match ended with 26 total fouls – 18 of those going to the Bishops. N.C. Wesleyan also collected four yellow cards in the physical match.

Maryville currently sits atop the USA South Western Division standings, as they hold a tie with only one loss with N.C. Wesleyan. The Bishops hold the tie breaker with a pair of conference matches remaining on their schedule.

The Scots have a trio of USA South matches remaining, as they travel to North Carolina next weekend. Maryville plays at William Peace University on Friday, Oct. 20 at 5 p.m., before facing the Pride of Greensboro College at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 21.