Cougars Suffer Tough Loss at Saint Martins
LACEY, WA -- Despite scoring first and receiving a career-best two goal performance from Brice Holiday, the University of Sioux Falls suffered a 3-2 conference defeat to Saint Martin's University in the finals seconds Saturday afternoon in Lacey, Wash. The Saints scored two goals in the final 15 minutes, including a game winner in the final 40 seconds to secure a home win.
USF falls to 0-5 overall (0-2, GNAC), while Saint Martin's moves to 2-4 (1-1, GNAC).
The Cougars got off to a great start. Just nine minutes into the game, Ryan Keohane delivered a long pass to Brice Holiday on a free kick for a header and the game's first goal.
However, the Saint's would quickly answer. In the 16th minute Dylan Gaydosh cleaned up a rebound near the net to knot things up at 1-1.
USF answered with a second goal near the 25 minute mark of the first half. Holiday beat out a defender and the goalie for his third score of the season. His goal gave USF a 2-1 lead heading into the break.
USF held an 8-6 shot advantage through 45 minutes of play.
The two teams went back and forth, but with the clock winding down, the home team found the back of the net in the game's 75th minute. Gaydosh scored again. Spencer Salvador found him for a header to put the Saint's back in it.
USF failed to score in the second half, where they were out chanced 10-4.
Saint Martin's cashed in on one of their 10 chances in the final second of the game. With 38 seconds left on the clock, Salvador set up for a corner kick which he was again successful on, finding a teammate for a header. His second assist was to CJ Chu, who recorded the Saint's game winner.
In defeat, USF showed a vast improvement in offense, notching 12 shots, six of which were on target. Connor Shefte lead the way with four shots, one on goal, for the Cougars.
Kyle Simons had another consistent day in net for USF with five saves. His record also falls to 0-5.
Up next, the Cougars host No. 12 Simon Frasier Thursday September 20 at 7 p.m.
Courtesy: University of Sioux Falls