THOMASVILLE, Ga. -- A trio of second-half goals propelled Thomas University JV to a 5-3 victory over Andrew on Friday afternoon at Remington Park.
"Disappointing result," said Andrew head coach Rudy Roediger. "We held a 1-0 lead and had the game level 12 seconds into the second half. We have to manage the game better have competitiveness and commitment to get the win. Credit Thomas, they are a hard working team and they really competed for the entire 90 minutes. We have a week to regroup and work on things. The intensity and commitment have to improve as we get ready for the next run of games."
While the teams finished level in shots on target, Andrew finished the match trailing in shots (15-12) yet led the Night Hawks 6-3 in corner kicks.
Freshman goalkeeper Nilson Miranda (Pompano Beach, Fla.) made five saves for the Fighting Tigers, while Evan Hogan recorded seven for the Night Hawks to earn the victory.
The Fighting Tigers struck first in the match as Petter Meinseth (Oslo, Norway) netted his first collegiate goal at the 8:11 mark off an assist from Jaelin Williams (Brunswick, Ga.) and Juan Garcia (Taubate, Brazil). The trio of freshman combined to register their first points in an Andrew shirt to give AC the 1-0 advantage within the opening minutes.
Less than nine minutes later Thomas would respond with a goal off a freekick that beat Miranda to level the score (1-1) at the 17:02 mark.
Thomas would take the lead at the 25:10 mark when Luis Padilla took advantage of the space given and scored past Miranda from distance.
Andrew would respond with a tremendous solo effort by Juan Garcia. The freshman making just his first start of his young career would beat two defenders and strike the ball past the helpless Hogan from just inside the center circle at the 45:12 mark to level the score at 2-2.
Thomas would quickly respond to regain the lead at the 49:03 mark before pushing its lead to 4-2 with a half an hour remaining.
Garcia would again give the Fighting Tigers a chance as he recorded his second goal of the day and career with a nifty chip over the helpless Hogan from outside the box to bring Andrew within one (4-3).
Thomas would put things out of reach with a quick counter off a last minute Andrew corner kick to seal the 5-3 victory for the home side.
The Fighting Tigers will take to the road for a pair of matches in Pembroke Pines, Fla., at Broward College's Judson A. Samuels South Campus on Sept. 17 and 18 against Broward College and ASA College Miami respectively.