UWA men hold off Concordia

LVINGSTON – The University of West Alabama men’s soccer team used two first-half goals to run past Concordia College, 3-2, Sunday at Tiger Stadium.

With the win, UWA improves to 2-0 on the season with two more home matches scheduled later in the week. Head coach Matthew Thorne’s team now hosts Montevallo Wednesday evening at 7 p.m.

“I could not have asked for a better start from our team,” stated Thorne. “For a first-year program to start 2-0 is a tremendous accomplishment, but I don’t want to stop there. I extend my congratulations to the whole team, and I look forward to a great season.”

The Tigers jumped out on Concordia with two first-period goals that put a sizable advantage between UWA and the visitors. Headlining the West Alabama scoring effort was once again Thibault Charmey, who knocked in a shot at the 27 minute mark of the first half.

UWA went into intermission following a goal by freshman defender Alex Brown. With the score at 2-0, the Tigers then faced a stiff test in the second half.

West Alabama added a score by Evan Beutler to extend the advantage to 3-1, but Concordia answered with a shot by Vincent Mitchell to make it a 3-2 contest. That would be as close as Concordia could get, however, as the Tigers held on for their second win of the season.

UWA ended the match with seven shots on goal compared to five from Concordia. Meanwhile, Tiger goalkeeper Jack Moore took the decision with three saves in 90 minutes.

Coach Thorne’s squad now hosts Montevallo on Wednesday before facing off with Talladega on Friday at 7:30 p.m.