DUE WEST, S.C. - Nathan Regis scored twice, his third multi-goal game in the past five contests, as the Pfeiffer men's soccer team (8-7-1, 3-5) handed Erskine (9-5-1, 5-1) their first conference loss of the season by the final score of 2-1. Regis scored twice in the first half and Nicolas Dulac made four saves as the Falcons defeated Erskine for the first time since Sept. 18, 2010. This is also the latest time in the season that Pfeiffer has been over the .500 mark since the 2009-10 season.
Erskine had entered the game 5-0 in conference play and allowed only two goals in Conference Carolinas play on the season.
The Flying Fleet got the scoring started in the 15th minute as Daniel Beaty scored his second goal of the season off a deflection to give the Flying Fleet the early advantage. Regis and the Falcons would respond in the 34th minute as the freshman placed his shot in the far corner of the net for his eighth strike of the season. Less than six minutes later, Regis added his second tally of the afternoon, off a feed from Simon Leslie, to put the Falcons up 2-1. At the end of the first 45 minutes, the shots were even at seven.
The second half was played to a scoreless draw as the Falcons defense wouldn't allow Erskine to tie the game. Erskine held a small 6-4 advantage in shots, but didn't get many good chances. Dulac was forced to make one second half save, and two were credited to the team. The Flying Fleet took a 3-0 lead in corner kicks in the second half, but the match finished with each team taking four corners.
"We beat a very good team today," said Head Coach Bob Reasso. "We played very well in the first half, clearly having the better chances. Their keeper made three excellent saves. We sat deeper in the second half and protected the lead. Nathan (Regis) and Nicolas (Dulac) were exceptional today as was the whole team."
This was the final conference contest of the season for Pfeiffer, who finish up the year with two home matches next week. On Thursday, Pfeiffer hosts Queens, who is ranked 11th in the nation, at 3 p.m. before the regular season finale against William Peace on Saturday afternoon.