Nov. 10, 2010

WINGATE, N.C. - Two first-half goals from a pair of juniors propelled the fifth-seeded Anderson men's soccer team past No. 4 seed and 25th-ranked Wingate, 2-0, in NCAA Super Region III quarterfinal play Wednesday afternoon at the Wingate Soccer Complex.

With the win, Anderson improved to 15-5-1 on the season and set a new school record for wins in a season. AU claimed its fourth straight and 11 of its last 12, while Wingate, the South Atlantic Conference co-champions, ended its season at 15-4.

Junior midfielder Lasse Sohrweide had a goal and an assist to lead the Trojans, as the SAC Player of the Year netted the game-winner in the 18th minute, beating his defender and striking a line drive into the opposite corner for his 16th goal of the season.

Wingate nearly had the immediate answer 10 seconds later, but a header from senior midfielder Adam Cunningham from right in front of the goal sailed just wide.

The Trojans took a 2-0 advantage with 10:12 remaining in the first half, when a lead pass from Sohrweide found junior midfielder Mark Smith behind the defense. Smith beat the keeper for his fourth goal of the year to make it 2-0.

The Bulldogs had a golden opportunity to cut into the deficit four minutes later, but a shot from sophomore midfielder Piero Riva hit the crossbar. Wingate senior forward Jhamie Chinn tried to head home the rebound, but Anderson senior goalkeeper Benjamin Pepion was there for the save.

The BullDogs had some more solid opportunities to score in the second half, but were unable to find the back of the net. Junior midfielder Fabricio Barancoski got behind the defense 13 minutes into the second half, but his shot was saved by Pepion. Wingate had one more chance in the closing seconds, but a shot from senior midfielder Luke Mulholland deflected off the far post, across the goal, and off the other post as time ran out.

Wingate outshot Anderson 14-8 on the afternoon, while holding a 6-4 edge in shots on goal. Mulholland took a match-high four shots for the Bulldogs, while both shots from Barancoski were on goal. Smith and Sohrweide had two shots each for the Trojans.

Pepion collected six saves for Anderson to secure the shutout. It is just the third time this season Wingate has been shutout. Freshman goalkeeper Austin White collected two saves in his collegiate debut for the Bulldogs.

The Trojans will have little time to rest as they advance to the next round and will face the region's top-seeded Montevallo Falcons (18-2-1) Friday night, with kick-off slated for 8 p.m. EST p.m. at Falcon Field.