The men's soccer team kicked off their 2011 season with a 2-1 loss against Division I Presbyterian in an exhibition held in Clinton, S.C. last night.
The Blue Hose seized the lead by tallying a goal less than 60 seconds into the contest. The Petrels, however, equalized on a strike from Nick Williamson at the 15 minute mark. Presbyterian responded quickly to open up a 2-1 lead they would never relinquish.
"We have only had 4 days of practice and we had the chance to play all 21 players that came on the trip and get some different looks at some things," said head coach Jon Akin. "Presbyterian was a strong, physical team which is the normal D-I mold. They work hard and battle, but I think our players matched their physical effort and it was a good early test for us."
The Petrels outshot the Blue hose 10-7 and Presbyterian's second goal came off a deflection, which bodes well for the Petrels D-III slate forthcoming.
In addition to looking forward to trying to qualify for the conference's first-ever postseason tournament, the men's soccer team is also proud to be celebrating their 50th year of play on the Oglethorpe campus.