The USC-Salkehatchie men's soccer team opened the regular season with a 1-0 loss to Wake Tech Saturday in Allendale.
USC-Salkehatchie battled with Wake Tech in the first half, keeping the game scoreless.
The score remained that way until a momentum shift at the 66th minute mark when a Salkehatchie player was assessed a "Red Card" for unsportsmanlike conduct.
The penalty proved to be the difference in the game as Wake Tech scored three minutes later on a goal by Bi Jan Amiri. Thomas Mousseau assisted on the play.
Down by a goal with under 10 minutes remaining, USC-Salkehatchie had several chances to tie the score, but misfired on three goal attempts to close out the game.
USC-Salkehatchie coach Bill Glass said his team had its chances.
"We outplayed them in the first half, but didn't have anything on the scoreboard to show for our effort," Glass said.
"In the second half, it seemed we had everything in our favor until the red card. After the penalty, our play was undisciplined."
Wake Tech coach Joy Burdee said it is always a dogfight when they play Salkehatchie.
"This is a tough place to win," Burdee said. "Every time we play here, it's usually a one goal game. It was a very tough game all the way. We were very lucky to walk away today with a win."
USC-Salkehatchie forward Mamadou Ka said the team simply didn't execute.
"We have no one to blame for this loss but ourselves," Ka said. "We controlled the tempo of the game the entire first half. In the second half, we played well until we got the red card. After that, we were a different team out there."
Indians' midfielder Dave Stone said this was the first game for a lot of players.
"We have a lot of freshman so the chemistry isn't there yet," Stone said. "We'll get better as a team as the season goes on."
Defensively, the Indians played well, holding Wake Tech to one goal on 12 attemped shots.
Indians' keeper Dieusel Jeannot had a good day defending with eight saves.
Others players stepping up on the defensive side of the ball included Odane Smith, Brandon Woods, Benjamin Koroma, Dominique Hooks and Odane Smith.
"I'm disappointed with the loss, but not with the effort," Glass said. "We have a few areas in our game we need to clean up. Once we do that, the wins will come."
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