Jeremy Zalacca - Director of Athletic Communications
MISENHEIMER, N.C. -- For the first time since September 17, 2015, the Pfeiffer men's soccer team (1-4) suffered a defeat on N.E. Lefko Field, ending a 32-match home winning streak that tied the longest mark in Division II history. Methodist (5-2-1) came away with a 3-2 victory to spoil both Pfeiffer' streak and home opener in one night.
In a match that featured 29 fouls and eight yellow cards handed out, it looked like the visiting Monarchs would easily defeat Pfeiffer. Just 2:06 into the match, Isaac Sanchez converted on a free kick from 20 yards out to give Monarch an early 1-0 advantage. In the 37th minute, Sanchez's corner found the foot of Zach Landry as Methodist jumped ahead 2-0. In the closing seconds of the first half, Chris Brown got the rebound off his own shot and netted his second goal of the season to pull Pfeiffer within one score heading into the break.
Methodist had the answer in the 56th minute when Grant Nelson beat Pfeiffer's Tomas Correa for the Monarchs third and final goal of the evening. Instead of folding, Pfeiffer clawed back into the contest. In the 74th minute, Caleb Bratager rebounded a save by the Monarchs' keeper and put the ball into the open net to cut the deficit to 3-2. Over the final 16 minutes, Pfeiffer battled and wouldn't go away without a fight. The Falcons had a couple close opportunities to even the score but were unable to convert as the clock ran out and the streak came to a halt.
Jonathan Moore was superb for Methodist in goal, making eight stops to earn his second win of the season.
On the night, Pfeiffer held a 7-4 advantage in corner kicks and a 15-8 lead in shots.
The Falcons will return to action on Saturday afternoon as they host LaGrange at 1 p.m.