October 14, 2018
Cobras Late Goal Defeats Indians 2-1
SALISBURY, N.C. - Early lead slips away in the second half as Catawba drops a 2-1 decision against visiting Coker Sunday at Frock Field.
Freshman Borja Gaspar opened the scoring when he tallied his third career goal at the 28:04 mark, giving the Indians (2-9-0, 0-7-0) a 1-0 lead. Junior Hunter Faust laid a perfectly placed pass on the right foot of Gaspar, who slid the ball in the net between the Cobras' (4-6-0, 2-3-0) keeper, Justin Watkins, and the far post.
Catawba's keeper, Gianluca Tommasi provided a momentum boost with 16 seconds left in the opening half, which was physical, resulting in 19 fouls between the two teams and four yellow cards. A foul called against the Indians at the edge of the box was deemed to be inside the penalty area, awarding a penalty kick to the Cobras.
Christian Provenzano was stonewalled by Tommasi, preserving the 1-0 lead at intermission.
Momentum swung from Catawba to Coker when a Cobras' fatuous bounce went their way in the second half.
In the 55th minute, Provenzano's attempted cross ricocheted off a sliding Catawba defender and into a wide-open Indians' net.
After netting the equalizer, Coker increased its pressure and continued to push forward but the Indians' bend-but-not-break defense held off the Cobras' offensive onslaught. Coker struck for the eventual game winner with 2:23 left in regulation off a set piece. Joao Silva lobbed a ball into the box from 30 yards out on the near side and Matt Trimby headed it down and past Tommasi.
Inside the numbers:
- Both teams recorded nine shots apiece, while Coker held the advantage in corner kicks at 6-4.
- Coker was whistled for 19 fouls, three yellow cards and one red, while Catawba committed 12 infractions and two yellow cards.
- Tommasi registered two saves, while Watkins collected three.
- Gaspar totaled three shots, including two on goal, while Keenan Tuck took two and Tom Singhgolden, Michael Nuquse and Hunter Faust added one each.
Catawba travels to Hickory, N.C. Wednesday for a mid-week tilt at Lenoir-Rhyne. Kick-off is at 5 p.m.
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