Rakhmonberdiev's brace, Henry's game-winner secures 3-2 Homecoming win over Methodist

Rakhmonberdiev's brace, Henry's game-winner secures 3-2 Homecoming win over Methodist

Maryville College's Johnny Rakhmonberdiev secured a brace before Ndubueze Henry deposited the eventual game-winning goal as the Scots' men's soccer team defeated Methodist University 3-2 during a Homecoming challenge on Saturday afternoon.

Rakhmonberdiev blasted a penalty kick into the upper left of the net in the 19th minute to give MC a 1-0 advantage. The left-footed strike was his 5th goal of the season.

Maryville went to the intermission with a 1-0 advantage outshooting the Monarchs 11-1.

Rakhmonberdiez drilled his second goal of the match in the 60th minute. Ndubueze Henry directed a short cross and Johnny placed a left-footed strike into the top right corner to give MC a 2-0 lead.

The Scots went up 3-0 when Rakhmonberdiev sent a pass – his conference leading 10th assist- and Ndubueze Henry ripped off his second goal of the season for the eventual game-winner.

With a 3-0 advantage, Methodist had a late rally in the 88th minute when Rylan Hoerning hit the back of the net with a pair of headers beating MC keeper Luke Semann. The first assist belonged to Zach Woolard while the second assist was a pass from Cameron Wilson.

The win advances Maryville to 10-5 overall and 8-2 in USA South play. Methodist falls to 3-10-1 and 1-9-1 in conference challenges.

Maryville will host North Carolina Wesleyan on Sunday at 3:30 p.m. to culminate 2019 Homecoming activities over the historic bicentennial weekend.

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