Figuiera's goal in final minute pushes Wingate past Lander, into Round 3
GREENWOOD, S.C. -- Junior midfielder Pedro Figuiera scored with 42 seconds remaining in regulation to give fourth-seeded Wingate a 2-1 victory at top-seeded Lander in Round 2 of the NCAA tournament Sunday afternoon. Wingate advances to the third round for the first time in school history to take on Flagler. The Bulldogs improved to 12-5-1 overall, while Lander ended its season at 12-3-2 overall.
“I am absolutely ecstatic for the team,” head coach Gary Hamill said. “They were brilliant on Friday and were just as good today. The attitude has been phenomenal; the level of play has been great. I am very happy and excited, the guys worked really hard for it."
Bulldog junior forward Fabio Azeredo got Wingate on the board in the 24th minute. A free kick from outside the box from freshman midfielder Liam Gillesphey was re-directed to Azeredo by freshman defender Victor Tozelli, who found the back of the net for the third time this season.
The Bulldogs took a 1-0 lead to intermission, thanks to a diving save from sophomore goalkeeper Daniel DeGraff with just over five minutes left in the half. Lander held a 9-6 advantage in shots in the opening half, with each team taking two shots on goal.
The Bearcats tied the game in the 68th minute when junior forward Clement Dauchy scored his ninth goal of the season, getting the assist from junior midfielder Chris Hobbs.
With just under 10 minute remaining in regulation, a Lander red card gave the Bulldogs a man-up advantage for the remainder of the contest. The physical match featured 31 fouls, five yellow cards and a red card.
With less than 50 seconds to go, freshman midfielder James Card sent a cross into the box, which was headed home by Figuiera from 12 yards out into the upper corner for his second goal of the year. Both of his goals have been game winners this season. He also netted the game-winning goal in Wingate’s 3-2 win against Lincoln Memorial.
The Bulldogs outshot Lander 13-12 on the afternoon, holding a 4-3 edge in shots on goal. DeGraff registered a pair of saves to preserve the Wingate victory. Sophomore goalkeeper Cody Brooks registered two saves for the Bearcats.