MISENHEIMER, N.C. – Nathan Regis converted on two penalty kicks, including the game winner in the 84th minute, as the Pfeiffer men’s soccer team (5-6-1, 2-4 CC) erased a three-goal deficit and came away with a 4-3 victory over North Greenville. The Falcons offensive barrage featured 30 shots, 15 in each half, and 13 corner kicks as they completed the dramatic comeback.
The Crusaders (3-7, 1-3) scored three times in the first 22:25 of play and looked like they would cruise to victory. Ben Montry accounted for one goal and two assists in the first 23 minutes and Todd Johnston added a goal and an assist for the visitors.
In the 32nd minute, Pfeiffer got a much needed goal from Regis as he converted on his first PK of the afternoon. Kyle Toler was dragged down in the box resulting in the penalty kick and the freshmen easily beat the Crusader keeper.
“You have to give credit to North Greenville they came out flying and scored three in the first 22 minutes,” said Bob Reasso, first year Head Coach. “The goal before half time got us back in the game.”
Reasso rallied the troops at halftime and asked for a greater effort. What he got was a dominating performance on both sides of the ball. Pfeiffer scored three second half goals and permitted North Greenville to attempt only three shots, with none of them being on goal.
Corey Davis cut the deficit to one as he took a perfect feed from Kyle Toler for his second goal of the season. Just under six minutes later, Paco Cortez took a feed from Regis and beat the keeper in the bottom right corner to tie the game at three.
With momentum clearly on their side, Pfeiffer continued to attack and kept the Crusaders on their heels. Pfeiffer had multiple chances to take the lead, with two shots hitting the crossbar and goalkeeper Pablo Dongarra making a great stop on a point blank attempt by Regis, but the game remained tied into the 84th minute. Aldo Ramirez made a post run and was taken down, resulting in Pfeiffer’s second penalty kick of the contest. Regis calmly stepped up and put the shot in for the winner.
“Losing over time has a strange effect on teams and programs, it’s as if they expect it,” said Reasso. “Hopefully we drove some of those demons from the past away today. I have been involved in the game a long time and that was one of the greatest fight backs I have seen. You have to credit our guys for not giving up and competing on a high level. You see how important Nathan Regis is to us. We played a four game stretch where he played about 40 minutes total and it really hurt us. Having him back makes us a different team.”
For the match, Pfeiffer dominated in all statistical categories. They led in shots 30-14, including a 26-7 advantage after falling behind 3-0, and held a 13-2 edge in corners. Freshman keeper Nicolas Dulac made one save to improve to 5-6-1 and Dongarra made 12 stops in the losing effort. Regis set a career-high with a five-point game.
Pfeiffer returns to action on Wednesday afternoon when they host Brevard at 3 p.m.