September 21, 2011

Petrels Pull Away From Scots, Win Home Opener 4-1

The men's soccer team treated the spectators on Salamone Field to a home opening win over Covenant College on Wednesday night, 4-1. Knotted shortly after halftime at one apiece, the Petrels busted the game open with a series of three dazzling second half goals to notch their second straight victory.

Oglethorpe got on the scoreboard first early on when Aleksander Tanjga intercepted a half-hearted clearance attempt by the Scots and cracked it into the back of the net. The score remained the same until an attacking Covenant squad equalized early in the second stanza. From there, the teams battled across the pitch for the next 15 minutes before the Petrels opened things up with some set piece dramatics.

The Petrels pinned the Scots deep in their territory and won a corner kick on the far side of the field by the dormitory parking lot in the game's 70th-minute. Sophomore transfer from Presbyterian College Sean King played a perfect ball into the box which Jeff Arsenault headed authoritatively into the back of the net for the 2-1 lead.

Less than 8 minutes of clock time later, King placed the ball on the near side of the field for another won corner by the Petrels. This time his strike found the head of sophomore Nick Williamson who headed home yet another for a two goal advantage.

Freshman Phillip Rawson applied the icing to the cake in the 85th minute when he shook free just past midfield and fired a laser from 35 yards out that went through the top shelf past the defenseless Scot keeper.

With the win Oglethorpe is now 5-2 on the season and will get set to face Maryville College in Tennessee this Saturday at 4:00 p.m. 

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