Badger Athletics - Spring Hill College News
Men's Soccer - Sat, Sep. 27, 2008
The Spring Hill College men's soccer team (4-5-1, 0-1) dropped its first Gulf Coast Athletic Conference match of the year to the University of Mobile (4-4-2, 1-1) by the score of 3-0 on Saturday afternoon at Library Field.
 
The match was a defensive duel in the first half with neither team breaking into the score column, but Mobile opened the second half with a rebound goal by Ruben Diaz in the 47th minute.  The original shot caromed off the crossbar and directly to the feet of Diaz who alertly poked it past Spring Hill's starting keeper William Gafford.
 
The Ram's second goal came in the 74th minute when Matt Watts scored a penalty-kick goal following a handball in the goalie's box by the Badger's sophomore defender Deven Arnold.
 
Diaz would add the Ram's final goal in the 82nd minute off a one-on-one play with SHC replacement keeper Dan Criscione, who entered the game following an injury to Gafford in the 52nd minute of play.
 
Mobile controlled the game's tempo for most of the first half, but the Badgers' offense was much more aggressive and productive in the second period.  For the match, UM took 11 total shots while SHC took just five.  Mobile attempted nine corner kicks to Spring Hill's three.
 
In goal, Jason Williams made one save in the win while Gafford and Criscione both made two saves for SHC.
 
The Badgers will host Shorter College in a non-conference match on Sunday at 3 p.m. on Library Field.