Union College men's soccer team upsets No. 4 and defending national champion Martin Methodist

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September 24, 2014

For the second time in four days a Union College team has knocked off a ranked opponent, this time it was the men's soccer team as they defeated No. 4 Martin Methodist (Tenn.) 1-0 in a non-conference matchup.

Union College men's soccer team upset No. 4 Martin MethodistThe upset win over the reigning national champions moved the Bulldogs to 8-0 on the season, their best start to a season since 1997. The Redhawks fell to 3-2-1 on the young season.

The Bulldogs and RedHawks played a stellar match in which it seemed that a goal may not be scored in the first night soccer game in Union history that kept fans on the edge of their seats.  

At the 83:31 mark, Alex Smith (SO/Montego Bay, Jamaica) found the back of the net off a goalie deflection from a George Carroll (SO/Chester, England) shot that gave the Bulldogs a 1-0 lead. The goal was Smith's 11 on the year which leads the Appalachian Athletic Conference.

The final five minutes of the match saw some of the best Bulldog defense as the Redhawks only managed one shot near the goal. The Redhawks best chance came at the 85:43 mark when a Sean Dong shot was saved by Andy Clark (SO/Glasgow, Scotland) in a crowd of Redhawks and Bulldogs.

In the match, the Redhawks only managed five shots on the night with only one on goal. The Bulldogs only got off two shots in the first half but controlled the second half with six shots.

As the final horn sounded at Williamson Stadium, bleachers full of Bulldog fans rushed to midfield to celebrate the upset win.

"It's a magical day," said head coach Tyler Brock. "The stands were electric and in 18 years of being a college coach, I've never saw a giant mob on the pitch after a game."

The matchup between the two teams marked the first time they had met since the 1992 season. The Redhawks took the first meeting 1-0 over the first men's soccer team in Union history.  

"There is a fine line between confidence and cocky," Brock said. "We got to make sure we toe that line and not go over it."

The next test for the undefeated Bulldogs will be on Saturday when AAC foe Tennessee Wesleyan comes to Williamson Stadium for a 7:30 p.m. match. The Bulldogs will put their perfect 8-0 record and 1-0 conference record on the line.