Owls Begin the Season with 1-1 Tie Against Talladega

Owls men's soccer huddle; Photo Credit: Owls Communication
Owls men's soccer huddle; Photo Credit: Owls Communication

TALLADEGA, Ala. – The Owls men's soccer team wanted to make an impact in the season opener, as junior, Josh Martin scored the first goal of the game under five minutes. The W, unfortunately, was unable to break the tie after competing in double overtime bringing the final score to 1-1.

The Owls played extremely hard offensively and defensively throughout the first half, as they recorded 9 shots whereas the Tornadoes were unable to attempt any shots. The men's soccer teams ended the first half leading 1-0. 

The W continued to battle against Talladega in the second half, but Talladega oushed to score a goal, bringing the score to 1-1.

Leading the Owls offense was Memphis, TN native Josh Martin who scored the Owls only goals with six shots and three shots on goal within 85 minutes. 

Following Martin with three shots was junior forward Michael Ledbetter. Nikola Srzic and Jacob Thomas trailed with two shots each. 

Overall the men's soccer team ended the game with 19 shots and 11 corner kicks.

Coach Burnett's Thoughts

"Today was a great learning experience for us as it was the first match of the season! I thought we played well at times and created numerous opportunities that we just did not cash in on. It was a chippy game so it was fun to see how we responded in a competitive environment. There's no doubt our guys played for each other until the game ended and that's something to be proud of as a coach. We still have a lot to work on and fix but there were bright moments today that makes things promising moving ahead."

Up Next 

The Owls will be back in action on Thursday, Sept. 5 at 7 p.m. when they host Louisiana College in the annual Faculty/Staff Appreciation.

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