The Maryville College men's soccer program used a pair of goal in each half and their league-leading defense to defeat LaGrange College 4-1 in USA South action on Sunday afternoon in LaGrange, Georgia.
In the 40th minute, LaGrange was called for a foul at the top of the box. Maryville's Nate Long blasted a free kick from 23-yards out into the lower left of the net past Panther keeper Cory Aycock. The senior defender from Belmont, North Carolina bent the attack around four defenders for his first goal of the season and second of his career.
With 1:30 remaining before the intermission, MC's Bret Thomas took a long through ball and connected on his third goal of the season past Aycock. The senior from Spring Hill, Tennessee broke away from a long assist from Kyle Bennett before placing his 17th career goal for the eventual game-winner.
The Scots finished the first half with a 2-0 advantage that featured a trio of shots on goal. MC keeper Ryan Jorgensen turned away the Panther's only attack on net.
In the 55th minute, LaGrange freshman Justin Threatt directed his third goal of the season with an attack that skimmed just under the crossbar out of the reach of MC keeper Ryan Jorgensen making the score 2-1.
In the 86th minute, a long pass from Chris Fernandez past midfield to Trevor McDonald put the Scots on the doorstep of another goal. The junior from Athens, Tennessee went one-on-one with the Panther keeper and placed his second goal of the season making the score 3-1.
Just a minute later, Randy Reichenberger, a senior from Hendersonville, Tennessee, took a misplayed pass by Bret Thomas beyond the Panther backline and hit the back of the net with his third goal of the season and 12th of his career in the orange and garnet.
The Scots finished with 16 shots, 11 on goal while LaGrange only attacked six times, four on goal. Maryville's league-leading defense that has allowed only nine goals through a dozen challenges, held on for the hard-fought league victory.
The victory advances MC to 8-3-1 overall and 7-2 in USA South play. LaGrange falls to 9-5 overall and 4-4 in league action.
Maryville will now prepare for a tough USA South road trip next weekend in North Carolina where they will take on Methodist University and North Carolina Wesleyan University.