Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

College Sports

November 2, 2013

Blue Raiders claim Mid-South tilt vs. Bluefield

EAST RIVER — It was a tough, physical game for the Bluefield College Rams against the NAIA’s third-ranked team nationally, Lindsey Wilson College, Saturday afternoon at the East River Soccer Complex.

After five yellow cards, a red card and numerous stoppages for injuries the visiting Blue Raiders claimed a 4-1 Mid-South Conference win.

“It was frustrating because you play a team like that and you get some calls that go a way that you’re unsure about, but I thought we battled hard enough and did the right things in order to put ourselves in a position to win the game,” said BC coach Peter Dryer. “In past games like this it hasn’t been very close, so we did something a little bit different today and I really think we gave ourselves a shot to win and just came up short.”

Lindsey Wilson’s Aleksi Pahkasalo got the game’s first goal in the 14th minute when his corner kick got sent back to him and he banged it into the upper far corner of the net.

The teams then battled for the next 28 minutes. In between there was an ejection, the clock stopped several times for players on the ground, but no more scoring until the 42nd minute when Tom Moody fed the ball to Keletso Mosime who found the back of the net and allowed LWC to carry a 2-zip lead into halftime.

While Lindsey Wilson held a 14-7 shot-on-goal advantage, Bluefield held their own against the nation’s third ranked team.

In the second half Bluefield came out charging and within the first minute of play the Rams had an opportunity with a penalty kick, but Blue Raiders goalkeeper Christoffer Gatara made a nice block to keep the Rams off the board.

The Raiders went up 3-0 when Moody scored in the 47th minute.

Pressing forward, the Rams’ Michael Callaghan took a pass from Michael Gunn and pushed it just past Gatara for Bluefield’s first goal of the game in the 69th minute of action.

Bluefield continued to play pressure defense, but in the 87th minute Pahkasalo got his second goal of the game, the assist going to Yazeed Davids, to make the score 4-1.

In the second half Bluefield held Lindsey Wilson to eight shots on goal and for the game Rams goalkeeper Jefferson Watson had eight saves, seven of them coming in the first half.

“The first two minutes of the second half were crazy,” said Lindsey Wilson coach Ray Wells. “We survived that and then after that the game kind of calmed down for us.

With the win Lindsey Wilson improved to 8-0-1 in league play and 13-2-2 overall and clinched the Mid-South Conference championship. They will host Shawnee State in the first round of tournament action.

“I think we have a good team, a technical team, so we were able to possess the ball quite a bit,” Wells said. “They (Bluefield) defended from the midfield back, so that gave us a lot to chances to move the ball around.”

Bluefield  dropped to 3-6 in MSC play and 8-9-1 overall. The Rams play at Shawnee State on Thursday.

“I thought we battled and did what we had to do to give ourselves a chance to win and we didn’t give up many great chances at goal,” Dryer said. “I think the goals they scored, a shot that was supposed to be a cross and it caught the wind the right way, and then a penalty kick that was a little sketchy. I think we had a chance on a penalty kick and we created enough chances to at least give ourselves a chance to win the game.”


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