PENSCALOA, Fla. – The University of West Alabama men's soccer team had its inaugural season come to an end Friday with a 4-3 loss to Christian Brothers in the semi-final round of the Gulf South Conference Championships at Ashton Brosnaham Park.
“Our players left everything they had out there today and I am very proud of them,” UWA head coach Matthew Thorne said. “This was a heart breaker, but we have a prosperous future for UWA soccer ahead with these lads.”
UWA, who finished with a 12-7 record, drew first blood when All-GSC performer Clay Green scored his ninth goal of the year at 25:17. CBU, 10-7-1, stormed back to take a 3-1 lead on goals by Yannick Skull, Neil Cummings and Jose Ferraz.
Skull and Cummings goals made it 2-1 Christian Brothers at the half. Cummings goal at 39:47 was his first of the season.
The Tigers charged back to tie the match at 3-3 on goals by Thibault Charmey at 53:11 and Vitor Gazza at 71:51. Gazza was credited with the assist on Charmey's goal and Green assisted Gazza.
Andrew Ballard's game winner for CBU, his second goal of the year, came at 75:19 off a free kick into the middle of box.
“To come back from being down 3-1 against an established program like Christian Brothers says a lot of about our team,” Thorne said. “We are disappointed, but we are already looking forward to next year and years to come. There is a lot to look forward to.”