Panthers Battle Back in Loss to Wingate
WINGATE, N.C. (Men’s Soccer) – The Florida Tech Panthers didn’t let a 2-0 deficit knock them out of the match against the
Wingate University Bulldogs. The Panthers battled back in the second half to score a goal in the 2-1 loss. The Bulldogs pulled ahead in the first
half when Jamie McKenna scored a goal seven minutes into the match. Wingate added another goal at the 27:07 mark when Luke Mulholland scored a goal off
assists from Junior Nyemb and Jack Vundum. The second half, however, belonged to the Panthers. Junior goalkeeper Cory Collins stepped up to show what he
could do stopping five shots from the Bulldogs for a total of six saves on the night. As Collins continued to perform at a high level, junior midfielder
Ryan Hagerty followed
suit with an unassisted goal on his only shot of the night as the 71st minute approached. Florida Tech was closer to full strength Friday then the
team has been since the season started. Last year’s second-leading goal scorer, sophomore midfielder Edward Oyarce, made his return for his
first action on the field this season. It didn’t take him long to make his presence felt. He took five shots in the match. Freshman midfielder
Tyson Eyo, who saw his
first bit of playing time last game, is quickly becoming a factor for the Panthers. After handing out an assist in Florida Tech’s last match, he was just
short of Oyarce’s standard Friday, registering four shots on the night. Junior forward Brad Laporte rounded out the Florida
Tech shooters taking one shot to push the total to 11 shots from the Panthers.
Florida Tech returns to action at North Georgia College and StateUniversity at 2 p.m. on Sunday.