The Spring Hill College men's soccer team saw a 3-1 second half advantage evaporate before their eyes at Library Field as Southern Wesleyan University scored two goals in 40 seconds to pull out a 3-3 tie on Saturday afternoon.
SHC opened the scoring in the 2nd minute of the match when junior John Tanner of Gulf Shores, Ala., accepted a pass from junior Josh Ledet of Fairhope, Ala., and knocked a goal past SWU keeper Leonardo Berenguel.
Nevertheless, the Warriors (1-1-2) quickly recovered from that body blow and tied the game at 1-1 in the 11th minute off a goal by Nicolas Luque.
Junior forward Bryce Privett of Fairhope then lifted a beautiful 30-yard scoring strike that floated over the head of Berenguel in the 41st minute as the Badgers took a 2-1 lead into halftime.
In the 69th minute, Tanner lifted a lovely entry pass toward the front of the Warrior goal that sophomore Andy Poveda of Niceville, Fla., headed into the top right corner to stake SHC to a 3-1 cushion.
SWU forward Andres Molano from Bogota, Columbia, however, suddenly stepped to the fore and stole certain victory away from the Badgers with goals at the 87:09 and 87:49 marks to tie the game at 3 goals apiece.
Neither team could mount much offense in the two overtime periods as tempers and frustration flared for both teams toward the close of action. In the final 10-minute overtime alone, the Warriors were served with three yellow card warnings and a red card dismissal while the Badgers also suffered a dismissal at 108:52. In all, three red cards and nine yellow cards appeared throughout the 110-minute contest.
Berenguel faced 13 SHC shots and made four saves while SHC senior Cory Bronenkamp of St. Louis, Mo., faced 24 SWU shots, making 11 saves. The Warriors attempted eight corner kicks while the Badgers took just two corners.
The Badgers (1-3-1) will travel to Cleveland, Miss., on Wednesday to face NCAA Division 2 opponent Delta State University at 3 p.m.