BABSON PARK, Fla. -- A pair of early goals gave the Georgia Southwestern State University men's soccer a two-goal lead Saturday morning but Webber International University chipped away at the deficit as the teams battled to a 2-2 tie at Warrior Field in their first-ever meeting.
GSW's Matheus Alves opened up the scoring with a quick strike in the eighth minute for his second goal of the season. Dylan Marshall followed less than six minutes later when he caught up with a long kick from goalkeeper Matthew Sherry and took it for a breakaway score.
Webber (1-0-1) cut the Hurricanes lead in half with a goal from Mateo Sassoni off a cross in the 21st minute.
It appeared the Hurricanes (0-1-1) regained momentum when Aldo Lopez received a red card for Webber with just over 34 minutes remaining in the second half, forcing the Warriors to play a man down the rest of the match, but a foul inside the 18-yard box by GSW gave the hosts a penalty kick. Baxter Smith converted the PK for Webber in what would prove to be the final score of the morning.
Despite playing a man down, Webber outshot GSW, 6-5, in the second half, while GSW managed one extra shot (3-2) across the overtime sessions.
The Hurricanes finished with an 11-6 shots on goal advantage and were whistled for six more fouls (20-14). Webber held a slim 3-2 edge in corner kicks.
Up Next: Brewton-Parker College comes to Americus on Wednesday as GSW plays host for the first time this season and christens in lights for the first night match at Hurricane Field. Festivities begin at 6 p.m. with kickoff scheduled for 7 p.m. A fireworks show will follow the match.