MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The Spring Hill College men's soccer team dropped a 5-2 conference decision to 20th ranked Auburn University Montgomery (AUM) at the AUM Soccer Complex on Tuesday afternoon.
AUM (9-4-1, 7-1 SSAC) opened the scoring with a goal by Goffin Boyoko in the 15th minute of play and followed it 10 minutes later when Boyoko assisted Philippe Silveira for a score at the 26-minute mark.
The Badgers then launched a furious comeback when senior John Tanner of Gulf Shores, Ala., cut the deficit to 2-1 with a tally off an assist by freshman Tyler Hartlage of Tampa, Fla., just before halftime in the 42nd minute.
Spring Hill knotted the score at 2-2 in the 62nd minute as Tanner found fellow senior Gable Fortune of St. Louis for a score that made it a new ballgame.
The Warhawks' Boyoko broke the Badgers' hearts in the 63rd minute when he notched the game-winning goal off a free kick and AUM would later add goals by Daniel Rodrigues in the 67th minute and Nik Chamberlain in the 73rd minute to close the door on the SHC upset bid.
Freshman Badger goalkeeper Patrick Danner of Tampa, Fla., suffered his first collegiate loss with five saves while freshman Gabriel Jaramillo of Miami, Fla., made three saves over the final 15 minutes of play. The Spring Hill duo faced a total of 29 shots by the Warhawks.
Vignir Johannesson took the win in-goal for AUM with three saves against nine SHC shots.
AUM attempted 11 corner kicks and Spring Hill took just one corner attempt.
In the most recent NAIA Top 25 Coaches' Poll released on Tuesday afternoon, Spring Hill received 32 votes and ranked 32nd on the list.
Including today's match, the Badgers will face four Top 20 teams over their final five regular season matches in the next three weeks. Spring Hill (10-4, 5-3) will next travel to Jackson, Miss., on Saturday to face 10th ranked Belhaven University (11-1, 6-1) in a conference match beginning at 7:30 p.m.