HARTSVILLE, S.C. – Atticus Lum (Advance, N.C.) recorded the first goal of his collegiate career with just 10 minutes left to play, giving the Coker Cobras a 3-2 lead and the eventual win over Queens University of Charlotte on Saturday afternoon in Conference Carolinas men’s soccer action.
It was a hard fought; back and forth match for the very beginning. With the first period winding down, Queens was first to strike with a goal by Jon Rektorili in the 42nd minute. Rektorili had a diving header find the back of the net off a free kick from Julian Mitchell.
Coker did not let the lead stand long with Eric Stiefield (Eustis, Fla.) scoring just 59 seconds later off a rebound from an Alex Bracken (Leeds, England) shot.
With the score tied at 1-1 entering the second half, both teams applied heavy offensive pressure, but it was Coker that found a way through the defense first. Stephen Scrivens (Tampa, Fla.) scored his first collegiate goal in the 61st minute with an assist from Tyler Senecal (Mt. Pleasant, N.C.) to give the Cobras the 2-1 advantage.
Queens was not ready to throw in the towel yet, and four minutes later James Alexander got a shot past Coker keeper James Sweeney (Huntingtown, Md.) to tie the game at two.
Both teams continued to try and find a way to take the lead, but it was Lum that got the game winner for Coker in the end.
Coker will take to the field again on Tuesday, when they take on Flagler College at 4:00 p.m. in a non-conference game at the Coker Soccer Field.