Lions Roll Past Pfeiffer in USA South Opener, Home Debut Vs. Brevard

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The Piedmont College men’s soccer team opened USA South play on Sept. 14, at Pfeiffer University to bring home a dominating 4-0 shutout. As Piedmont led the way, seniors Jose Linares, Victor Munoz and Brandon Ramos each netted a goal, while junior Cameron Earls sealed the game with the fourth and final goal. 

“Scoring the first goal of my senior season was good, and Cam was able to lay me off well so I could strike it first-time right outside of the box,” Munoz said. “It had been a while since I last found the back of the net, so this goal really helped.”

Munoz has high hopes as the season continues on for the Lions. 

“This year’s squad is something special, and I believe we can achieve big things this season.”

Tuesday, Sept. 17, the Lions made their home debut, hosting another conference matchup against Brevard. 

The Lions surrendered a goal in the early minutes of play, until Cameron Earls delivered a ball to Nick Pope, who polished off a wide header, awarding Piedmont a 2-1 lead. The Lions held the lead until the final minute, when the Tornados tied the score with just under 30 seconds remaining. 

Piedmont fiercely held off a persistent Brevard attack in two overtime periods, as Cameron Verona, reigning USA South Defensive Player of the Week, made three saves in the final 20 minutes to help the Lions escape with a 2-2 draw. 

For the third-straight game, the Piedmont Lions continued USA South play as they traveled to Covenant this past Friday to take on the Scots.  

Early in the first half, the Scots threatened Piedmont with a strike just inside the 18-yard box to the top right corner of the net. Piedmont continued to battle the rest of the half and throughout most of the second to keep its deficit at just a single goal. 

However, Covenant put the game away in the 88th minute with an insurance goal as the Lions were unable to mount a comeback, falling 2-0 to the Scots.