After a successful regular season of soccer, The UWA men’s soccer team traveled to Pensacola, Fla., to play for the GSC title. For their first match, the Tigers took the field against the UAH Chargers. UWA had already defeated UAH twice and added their third shutout against them this past Friday.
Senior Victor Gazza gave the Tigers their win after scoring both goals in the game. His first goal was a solo score-with an assist from forward Clay Green on his second. Gazza now holds a record of eight goals for his 2013 season as a Tiger.
“We are absolutely buzzing from the result today,” said UWA head men’s soccer coach Matthew Thorne. “The boys came out and showed great skill and character for the entire 90 minutes. To make the championship game as a second year program is a great achievement and we are absolutely delighted with the lads.”
The Tigers rested up for the final game against West Florida on Sunday, but unfortunately suffered a 2-1 loss.
A solo goal, made by sophomore Evan Beutler, gave West Alabama the lead-less than a minute into the game.
UWF tied the game up a little under twenty minutes later after scoring on a penalty kick. The game stayed tied going into the half-giving both teams and equal chance to take the win in the second half.
UWF took the lead in the fifty-fourth minute of the game after Fernando Silveria scored a free kick from the twenty-five yard line.
In the sixty-eighth minute, Thibault Charmey had a chance to tie the game up with a penalty kick but the goal was unsuccessful.
Alex Brown posted a few words about the loss after the game “Losing in a final is hard to take but, I’m so proud of what our team has achieved this year. There’s nothing better than being a UWA Tiger. Next year, we will be back, hungrier than ever.”
This was the Tiger’s second year as a program. Throughout their season, UWA defeated many teams that have had an established program for many years. For a second year team, the Tigers went all the way again. This loss has already begun to fuel their drive for next season. West Alabama played a season to be proud of and will be even stronger next year. Congratulations and good luck for next season.