Anderson, S.C. – Tyler Senecal’s goal in the 64th minute of play gave the #5 seed Cobra men’s soccer team a 2-1 win over the #4 seed Anderson Trojans in the Quarterfinals of the 2009 Conference Carolinas men’s soccer tournament Tuesday night. The Coker win marks the first time the Cobras have one a play-off game in more than 20 years.
Just over a week ago the Trojans upended Coker, 2-0, in Hartsville and tonight’s rematch was a physical contest with a combined 24 fouls called and six yellow cards issued.
Coker improved to 11-5-2 on the season and advances to meet top-seeded Lees-McRae, an 8-0 winner past the #8 seed St. Andrews earlier tonight in Banner Elk, N.C. Earlier this season Coker dropped a 3-1 home decision to Lees-McRae.
Eric Stiefield (Eustis, Fla.) gave the Cobras an early 1-0 lead with a goal just five minutes into the opening half and that would be all the scoring the first half would see, with Coker holding a 1-0 lead at halftime.
Anderson netted the equalizer in the first three minutes of the second half, as Kevin Butler was able to find the back of the net with an assist from Ryan Messick. Anderson gained momentum after the goal and controlled possession for most of the second half, but Senecal (Mt. Pleasant, N.C.) was able to break free for the game winner for Coker in the 65th minute.
The Cobras will face Lees-McRae on Friday at 7:00 p.m. in Banner Elk, N.C. in the Semifinals of the Conference Carolinas Tournament.