The Spring Hill College men's soccer team suffered a 4-3 loss to conference foe Faulkner University in a match at Library Field on Tuesday afternoon.
Spring Hill cracked the scoring column first with a nice headed-in goal by freshman Tyler Hartlage of Tampa, Fla., from two yards out off a beautifully executed entry pass by fellow freshman Mario Escalante of Santa Cruz, Bolivia, in the 17th minute of play.
The Eagles (4-10-1, 2-8 SSAC), however, stunned the Badgers with a goal in the 45th minute of play with just 25 seconds before halftime when Rob Cooke scored to tie the game at 1-1.
Coming out the intermission, Faulkner jumped out quickly with goals in the 47th and 50th minutes by Esolam Kpemoua following assists by Brighton Masuka and Didier Atse and staggered Spring Hill with a 3-1 turnaround in fortunes.
In the 56th minute, the hole only got deeper for SHC when Brighton added a fourth goal for Faulkner off an assist by Jonathan Dishon.
Despite the avalanche of early second half goals, the Badgers were not to be denied and sophomore Nick Link put life back into the home team with a penalty kick goal in the 63rd minute.
Freshman Salvador Sanchis of Miami, Fla., then cut the SHC deficit to just 4-3 in the 65th minute when he took a pass from Hartlage and scored.
Faulkner was able to hold on over the final 25 minutes by turning away nine shots and two corner kicks by the Badgers.
Senior Cory Bronenkamp (7-5) took the loss in-goal for SHC and made four saves against 14 Eagle shots. Austin White was the winner for Faulkner with six saves in the face of 19 SHC shots.
SHC took three corner kicks and Faulkner had two corner chances.
Spring Hill (10-6, 5-5) will next host 7th-ranked William Carey University (12-1, 7-0) this Tuesday at Library Field in a conference match beginning at 3:30 p.m. Before the match, SHC will honor the 2011-12 senior players with its annual Senior Day ceremony.