The Shawnee State men’s soccer team scored a goal for the first time in program history against No. 2 Lindsey Wilson and played the final 11:13 of regulation with a chance tie but ultimately the Blue Raiders defense would limit the Bears to a single goal in the 2-1 Mid-South victory for Lindsey Wilson.
Down 2-0 at the half, Chris Wiget scored in the 79th minute of play to give SSU new life off a pass from Jacob Hackworth.
Over the course of the first 20 minutes of play, the Blue Raiders had just a 5-4 edge in shots for the game. Thomas Carbonari came up with four saves during that span while Lindsey Wilson’s Christopher Gatara would make has lone save of the game during that same time.
The Blue Raiders would start to see more offensive chances as the first half wore on and got on the board with just 6:57 to play in opening half. This goal started as the result of long punt from Lindsay Wilson’s keeper who was playing throws and shorts passes from his box for a majority of the opening half. His punt found Xavier Baumgart who beat a defender and found Yazeed Davis right in front of the net.
The Blue Raiders took a 2-0 lead into the break when Tom Moody found Aleksi Pahkasalo on a cross that was headed home with just 1:33 to play in the first half. After holding just a 5-4 edge in shots midway through the opening half, 10 of the final 11 shots in the half came off of Lindsey Wilson feet. Carbonari would finish the opening half with six saves.
The Blue Raiders also attempted the first four shots of the second half; however, it was not until the 79th minute when Wiget got on the receiving end of a cross from Hackworth that either side would score.
With newfound life, the Bears had some chances during the final minutes of play. With two-plus minutes left of the clock, SSU had a big throw-in to the box but could not put a directional header on the throw. The Bears also earned a corner chance with one and a half minutes to play but again were held without a shot as Lindsey Wilson thwarted any potential game-tying attacks.
Shawnee State finished the game with seven shots as a team with Martyn Sayer and Wiget putting their attempts on goal. Joseph Webster and Hackworth also had a pair of chances that each took that ended up off target.
Carbonari finished the game with a total of eight saves after being called on just twice in the final 45 minutes as the Bears won the second half, 1-0. The Blue Raiders took a total of 18 shots during the game Wednesday.
With the six-game homestand complete, SSU will head out on the road as the Bears will play their next four games on the road. The first of those contests will be a 1 p.m. non-conference meeting Saturday with Anderson (IN).