FHU Soccer teams drop two in overtime on Senior Day
"Nassar Ssempa was one of nine seniors honored during Senior Day Saturday"
(RV)Park University

FHU Soccer teams drop two in overtime on Senior Day

Sat, Oct. 29, 2016 - [Soccer]

Matt Barker, Sports Information Director

HENDERSON, Tenn. - Overtime was the story of the day Saturday for the Freed-Hardeman University soccer teams, but neither match worked in their favor as both teams fell 3-2 to Park University on Senior Day at the Josh Riley Soccer Complex.

Prior to the start of the men's match, three Lady Lion senior players, Taylor Jenkins, Kennedi Van Ravestein and Rachel Butler, were recognized for their contributions to the team throughout their collegiate careers.

Additionally, six Lion senior players were recognized. The senior members of the Lions squad included Alex Meany, Nassar Ssempa, Jorge Segura, Matt Mescher, Ty Hendley and Jose Reyes.

The first match of the day between the Lady Lions and Park University started out quiet, as neither team was able to find the back of the net in the first frame. However, both teams would more than make up for it in the second half, as each team would fire in two goals apiece in the final 24 minutes of play to force overtime.

Abigail Morales would get the scoring drive started for the Lady Lions in the 70th minute, following a goal by Pirates midfielder Emma Chatterton, to even things up at one apiece.

Francesca Wild would strike back for Park University in the 73rd minute with a goal of her own to put the Pirates up 2-1 with 17 minutes remaining in the match.

However, the Lady Lions would not go down without a fight, as Nina Carolissen would fire in a second goal for the Lady Lions off a cross pass from Taylor Jenkins in the 79th minute to equalize the match and force overtime.

Similar to the first half, both teams would stay quiet in the first overtime period. However, it would not take long in the second overtime period for Park University to get on the board, as Emma Chatterton would strike again with her second goal of the match to give the Pirates a 3-2 victory.

Park University (11-3-1, 11-1 AMC) out-shot FHU (4-9-3, 4-6-2 AMC) in the match, as they attempted 17 shots and 11 shots on goal compared to the Lady Lions who attempted 10 shots and four shots on goal.

Meanwhile in the men's match, it was the same story, as a 2-2 tie at the end of regulation would force overtime with Park University coming away with the 3-2 win.

Daniel Jackson would get things started for the Pirates with two early goals in the 9th and 12th minutes to give Park University an early 2-0 lead. 

However, as he has done all season long for the Lions, Alex Meany would respond with a goal of his own in the 23rd minute to close the gap and keep the Lions within striking distance.

Andrij Sawczuk would strike next for the Lions in the 63rd minute with a goal of his own to even things up at two apiece midway through the second frame. The goal for Sawczuk would be big, as neither team would be able to find the back of the net in the closing minutes of the second half.

However, similar to the women's match, Park University would find their stride in the overtime period, as Isaias De La Torre would find the back of the net with two minutes remaining in overtime to seal the 3-2 win.

Despite the loss, FHU (4-10, 4-7 AMC) played solid on the offensive end, as they attempted 16 shots and eight shots on goal compared to Park University (8-5-2, 7-4 AMC) who attempted 15 shots and six shots on goal in the match.

With the loss, the Lions fall to 4-10 on the season and 4-7 in conference play. The Pirates improve to 8-5-2 on the season and 7-4 in AMC play with the win.

UP NEXT: The FHU soccer teams will not get much of a break following Saturday's match, as they will be right back at it on Monday, October 31 for their final match-up of the season against Georgia Gwinnett. The Lady Lions kick things off first at 2:00 PM followed by the men's match at 4:00 PM at the Josh Riley Soccer Complex.