BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - The Union College men's soccer team defeated Tennessee Temple University by the score of 3-1 Saturday in the home opener for the Bulldogs, but the match featured unexpected delays.
A weather delay for lighting in the area interrupted the first half and another lighting and rain delay pushed back the start of the second half. Through all that, Union battled and held on for the team's first victory of the season. After the match, the Bulldogs improved to 1-0-1 and Tennessee Temple falls to 1-3.
Mbizo Mzamane (Johannesburg, South Africa) scored the first goal of the season for Union unassisted and Liam Johnson (East Yorkshire, England) added another goal for a 2-0 Union advantage. Johnson's goal was assisted by Jonathan Sutton (Portsmouth, England).
Tennessee Temple cut the lead in half when a Micah Smith shot found the back of the net shortly before the extended halftime break.
After the teams returned to the field, Johnson once again teamed up with Sutton for an insurance goal.
Union's Jonathan Shaw (Merseyside, England) saved two shots in goal. The Bulldogs won the attempted shots category 16-8.
Next on the schedule for the Bulldogs is a trip on Tuesday to Williamsburg, Ky. to play University of the Cumberlands at 3 p.m.