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Shehan’s Late Goal Lifts @CentreSoccer to 3-2 Win over Heidelberg
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DANVILLE, Ky. (CentreColonels.com) – Senior midfielder Phil Shehan (Orlando, Fla.) blasted a 22-yard strike to the upper-90 in the closing minutes of a non-conference matchup against Heidelberg on Friday night lifting the Centre men's soccer team to a 3-2 triumph over the Student Princes. The game was part of the 27th Annual Bob Allen Nissan Classic.
The Colonels improved to 3-0-0 with the win for the first time since the 2007 season. Heidelberg dropped to 0-3-0 with the loss.
Centre jumped out to a 2-0 first half lead, as junior forward Brad Nordin (Paintsville, Ky.) set senior forward Jacob Winkler (Danville, Ky.) for his second goal of the season in the 21st minute, before freshman Nick Mazzarella (Danielson, Conn.) netted his first career goal just nine minutes later off the assist by sophomore forward Xavier Tomlin (Peoria, Ariz.).
The Student Princes battled back in the second period, as Kyle Diaz's goal in the 49th minute cut the Colonels' lead in half, before Alexis Mendoza knotted the game at 2-2 with a score later in the half.
In the 88th minute, Shehan took the feed from the left sideline, beat a pair of Heidelberg defenders to the center of the field before belting a 22-yard rocket to the top right corner of the goal right past Student Prince goaltender Jake Kress.
Heidelberg edged the Colonels in the shot column, 16-14. Corner kicks were an even 6-6 in the contest.
Centre sophomore goalkeeper Bailey Spade, (Frankfort, Ky.) the Southern Athletic Association (SAA) Defensive Player of the Week, made five saves for the Colonels.
A very physical game, the contest featured seven yellow cards, five for Centre and two for the Student Princes.
The Colonels are back in action on day two of the 27th Annual Bob Allen Nissan Classic on Saturday at 7:30 against Thomas More in a battle of two undefeated squads. The Saints defeated Spalding 5-0 in game on of Friday night's doubleheader at Hillside Field.
Centre will look to start 4-0-0 for the first time since the 2005 campaign.
Spalding will take on Heidelberg at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday night for third place.