NEWBERRY — On senior day it was a freshman who scored the game winning goal for the Newberry men’s soccer team, as the Wolves topped Erskine 1-0 on a strike from Lucas Ferreira.
After the Wolves (4-9-1) and Flying Fleet (6-6-3) exchanged early chances, senior Kofi Kufuor (Accra, Ghana) flicked a pass to freshman Julian Feneberg (Durach, Germany) who in turn did the same by finding Ferreira (Belo Horizonte, Brazil) with a well-placed pass. The Brazilian slotted a shot to the far post from just inside the 18 to put Newberry up 1-0 in the 15th minute.
Neither team was able to add to the score column in the remaining minutes of the first half, as Erskine and Newberry finished the period even 6-6 in shots.
The second half saw both teams take promising shots on frame before being turned away by the goalkeepers. The Wolves out shot Erskine 14-9 in the second half, but Erskine keeper Roberto De La Vina turned away all six shots on goal. Not to be outdone, Newberry junior Patrick Sweatt (Indian Land) recorded six second half saves of his own.
Kufuor led the Wolves with five shots, including four on goal, while Sweatt finished the match with seven saves.
Ferreira’s goal was his second collegiate score, while Feneberg recorded his second collegiate assist and Kufuor was credited with the first assist of his career.
Prior to kickoff Newberry seniors Adrian Ochoa (East Point, Ga.), Colt Priest (Marietta, Ga.) and Kufuor were honored by teammates, coaches and fans for their contributions to the Newberry soccer program. All three are scheduled to graduate at the end of the spring semester.
Newberry hits the road on Tuesday for a conference meeting at Brevard, scheduled to kick off at 4 p.m.