Men’s Soccer: Panthers score late in 1-1 draw with William Peace

Photo by Jacob Krzysiak
Photo by Jacob Krzysiak

Junior defender Asher Hendon scored the game-tying goal in the 85th minute for the LaGrange men's soccer team off a corner kick by freshman midfielder Enrique Hernandez, as the Panthers earned a hard-fought 1-1 draw with William Peace on Sunday at Panther Field.

The Panthers (3-4-1, 2-1-1 USA South) earned a total of four conference points this weekend, as the team defeated Averett, 3-1, on Saturday. During the two games, LaGrange scored a combined three goals over the final 10 minutes of regulation.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

  • During the 85th minute, Hernandez placed a high-flying corner into the box from the right side. Hendon established deep position and knocked in the game-tying tally. Hendon has tallied a pair of goals off corners by Hernandez this season, with the other one occurring during a 5-0 win over Toccoa Falls on Sept. 11.
  • Ivan Ponce opened the scoring five minutes into the game for William Peace (4-2-2, 2-1-1 USA South) on a well-played ball from way beyond the box by Andres Lopez. Ponce had two scoring opportunities in the second half, hitting the crossbar in the 78th minute and the post during the 89th minute.
  • Panthers freshman midfielder Blake Webb nearly found the back of the net in the 55th minute off a through ball by senior midfielder Errick Sturm, but Webb's shot went over the crossbar.
  • Freshman goalkeeper Lucas Wright kept LaGrange within one with a clutch save 11:34 into the second half, as he made a diving stop to his left on a bullet by Ponce inside the 18-yard box.
  • Sturm almost found the equalizer in the 63rd minute, sending a shot toward the bottom-right corner of the net, but Pacers goalkeeper Jacob Smith denied the attempt.
  • LaGrange earned a penalty kick with 19:57 remaining in regulation off a handball offense in the box. Sturm took the shot from 12 yards out, but Smith made a diving stop toward his left. Wright kept the Panthers within striking distance, denying Ponce 10 seconds after the penalty kick.
  • Panthers freshman defender Alex Drazic sent a rocket on goal from the right edge of the box with 12:54 showing on the scoreboard in the second half, but Smith was able to punch the attempt out of danger.
  • With 21 seconds remaining in the first overtime, Webb received a through ball on the edge of the box from Sturm, but his shot was corralled by Smith.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

  • Wright (2-2-1) recorded a career-high 11 stops with five coming in each the first and second half, and then one in the first-overtime period.
  • William Peace held a 24-18 advantage in shots and a 12-10 lead in shots on goal. LaGrange led the shots category, 5-4, in the 20 minutes of extra time.
  • The two teams combined for 20 corner kicks with the Panthers attempting eight.
  • The Panthers are 3-1-1 in their last five games, as they avenged a 3-0 loss to William Peace on Sept. 22, 2018.

UP NEXT:

  • The Panthers host USA South-rival Brevard on Saturday at Panther Field, starting at 6 p.m.