The Southern University soccer team took on Arkansas Pine Bluff at Pumphrey Stadium in Arkansas as they looked to earn their first SWAC victory of the year. The Jags tried to shake off early season performance and earn a spot in the SWAC tournament later this Fall.
The two teams felt each other out in the beginning of the half with good defense from both teams locking down both goals early. The first goal of the game however came at the hands of UAPB as they took an early 1-0 in the 23rd minute of play.
The Golden Eagles took their lead into the half as Southern looked to mount a comeback for their first SWAC win of the season.
Although the second half of play started off similarly with a steady pace and solid defense, Southern got some shots of their own off as they tied the game 1-1 in the 67th minute of play.
This was the final goal scored for either team until the 85 minute mark where Southern took a decisive lead to seal their victory late in the game.
Up to this point, it seemed likely that an overtime period would have to be played between the two teams. The goal from Love’ Tovar however put an end to that notion as Southern held on to earn their first win in conference play.
Preseason All-SWAC goalie Chioma Ericken recorded three saves on the afternoon as the Jags smothered UAPB defensively after their first goal early in the first half of play.
The Jags will take on Mississippi Valley State in Jaguar Park on October 25 as they look to maintain their recent success in the SWAC. The Jags will look to keep the wins in conference coming as they hope to snag a last-minute entry into the SWAC Tournament.