Early goals, strong defense push Scots past Pfeiffer 2-1

Early goals, strong defense push Scots past Pfeiffer 2-1

The Maryville College men's soccer program used a pair of early first-half goals to roll to their third victory of the season by the score of 2-1 over Pfeiffer University on Saturday afternoon on MC's home soccer pitch.


In only the fourth minute of action, Maryville senior midfielder Andrew Sullivan blasted a shot that was turned away by Falcon keeper Tomas Correa. MC's sophomore forward Jameson Elmore gathered the rebound and placed his first goal of the season into the net at the 4:16 mark.


Just four minutes later, Maryville's Johnny Rakhmonberdiev directed a low crossing pass from the right box. The ball glanced off a Pfeiffer defender at the 7:58 mark for an own goal giving the Scots a 2-0 advantage.


After the intermission, Maryville's defense was stellar turning away numerous attacks by the visitors.


Pfeiffer got on the scoreboard just before the 49th minute. Following a Maryville foul right of the Scots' box, Pfeiffer's Chris Brown sent a free-kick directly to Xavier Lamour. Lamour, a sophomore, placed a header directly low into the net bouncing past MC keeper Ryan Jorgensen.


The Scots wound down the clock on the offensive out-shooting the Falcons 4-2 in the final period.


Despite turning away a trio of saves, Pfeiffer's Tomas Correa (0-2) suffered the loss in net. Maryville's Ryan Jorgensen (3-0) recorded three saves to earn the victory between the posts.


Pfeiffer, a new member of the USA South Athletic Conference, falls to 0-3 on the season while Maryville advances to 3-0.


The Scots will host Huntingdon College on Sunday to kick-off their 2017 USA South regular season schedule. The match is slated to begin at 1:00 p.m.