MISENHEIMER, N.C. Ė In an ugly game full of seven yellow cards and a half-dozen red, Pfeiffer University scored their ninth-straight win with a match-shortened 5-1 victory over visiting St. Andrews in Conference Carolinas menís soccer action on Saturday afternoon. The Knights were issued three red cards after disputing a previous call, forcing referee Javier Barros to call the match in the 75th minute. With the win, the Falcons improve to 12-3 on the year, 7-1 in conference play. The Knights dip their record to 4-10, 2-7.
St. Andrews got on the board first in the 18th minute as Marbin Escobar (Middleburg, FL) tapped in his fifth goal of the season. Daniel Montero (Raleigh, NC) and Dennis Schardt (Bethesda, MD) assisted on Escobarís tally. The Knights began playing a man down 10 minutes later as Schardt was issued a straight red card.
Pfeiffer took advantage of the extra man in the 35th minute squaring the contest at one. Kash Knight (Gibsonville, NC) took the initial shot that missed just to the left of the goal, ruled by the officials as being deflected in by a St. Andrews defender. In the 37th minute, the Falcons took the lead for good on Fahret Salihovicís (Charlotte, NC) fifth score of the season from a Wilver Menacho (Charlotte, NC) assist. Just before the half in the 40th minute, Chris Venable (McLeansville, NC) headed in his second of the year from a free kick delivered by Nick Brindley (Northampton, ENGLAND).
During the 48th minute of play, Johannes Tisell (Molndal, SWEDEN) snuck a goal just inside the right post taking a touch pass off the heal of Alex Landim (Brockton, MA) to put the Falcons up three. Just before things turned ugly in the final two minutes, Renato Barbosa (Charlotte, NC) registered his sixth of the season on a long pass from Venable.
Pfeiffer will get back to action on Wednesday afternoon, making up a rained out contest with Limestone. The Falcons and Saints square off at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday in Gaffney, SC.