MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Senior midfielder Levi Gehman of the LaGrange College men's soccer team tallied his first point of the 2019 season on Wednesday evening during a 4-1 setback at USA South-rival Huntingdon.
The Panthers (4-7-1, 3-4-1 USA South) opened the scoring in the 25th minute, but the Hawks (5-6, 2-5 USA South) responded with four unanswered goals. LaGrange has five USA South games remaining, with four being at home, as the Panthers will be looking to qualify for the playoffs for the third-consecutive season. The top-four teams from both the East and West Divisions qualify. LaGrange is in a tie for fourth with Piedmont in the West Division.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Gehman orchestrated the Panthers' goal 24:36 into the first half, sending a cross toward the left side of the net, and then freshman midfielder Enrique Hernandez put the finishing touch on the play.
- The Panthers were back on the attack just over a minute after the goal. Hernandez and freshman forward Jaydon Parish peppered Hawks goalkeeper Zak Heino with shots three seconds apart in the 26th minute, but both attempts were denied.
- Huntingdon pulled even heading into intermission, as Hunter Hall found the back of the net off a pass by A.J. Jonas during a free-kick situation in the 40th minute.
- Kelan LeBlanc carried the ball down the left attacking side on his way to scoring the game-winner 12:33 into the second half for the Hawks.
- Taylor Bradley pushed Huntingdon's lead up to 3-1 during the 64th minute on a header goal off a cross by T.J. Fleming. Thad Lievens set up the final goal with a pass down the middle of the pitch, allowing Fleming to score with 18:03 left in regulation.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- The Panthers held a 20-12 advantage in shots, including a commanding 12-4 lead during the opening 45 minutes. LaGrange also led the shots-on-goal statistic, 7-5.
- Hernandez put three of his five shots on target, while Parish and freshman midfielder Blake Webb finished with five and four shots, respectively.
- Prior to Wednesday's matchup, the Panthers were riding a four-game winning streak against Huntingdon and were undefeated in the previous five matchups (4-0-1), dating back to the 2014 season. LaGrange won the 2018 matchup, 3-1, at Panther Field.
- The Panthers will have four-straight home games, starting with a 2 p.m. tilt against USA South-foe Mary Baldwin on Saturday at Panther Field.