Union downs Lambuth
By JENNIFER GARVIN
The Jackson Sun
Sep 20/2000

A bright, sunny day became a dark ground for rivalry Tuesday afternoon, when
Lambuth and Union's soccer teams met for the third annual Jackson Cup.

And for the first time, Union did something it had never done before: scored
a goal against the Eagles.

With seven minutes remaining, Scott Marksberry's goal off a corner kick by
Gordon Wilson gave the Bulldogs a 1-0 victory in the first quarter of
sudden-death overtime at Lambuth.

"I said, 'Gordon, find me on this one. I'm feeling it,'สำ said Marksberry,
the Bulldogs' captain who has compiled 23 points in seven matches this
season. "He put it in there and knocked it off my shoulder and hit one of
the defenders and popped back out. I was kind of already falling down
backwards. I got my foot on it somehow and put it through. ... It felt
great."

Twice in regulation, the Bulldogs had goals called back because of fouls.

With 3:42 remaining in the first half, Nikola Barjaktarevic's shot past
Lambuth goalkeeper David Logue was ruled no good. Union forward Joe Phiri
was called offsides on a goal with 34:17 to go in the second half.

"That was a psychological burden we had to get over, having those goals
called back," Bulldogs coach Darin White said. "But the guys showed they
have the heart of a champion and overcame it."

Offensively, the Bulldogs created more opportunities for themselves at goal,
outshooting Lambuth, 19-11. In the second half, they expanded their pressure
before getting the eventual winner.

"He made some great plays," said Marksberry of Logue, who stopped several
point-blank shots throughout the match to finish with 13 saves. "We were
coming at him in the second half (and) he was playing great and it was just
good to get one past him. We caught him off-balance at the end."

Union goalkeeper Jeff Lean had four saves; the Bulldogs have allowed just
three goals this season. In their six wins, they've scored 44 goals.

Heading into Tuesday's match, Lambuth had outscored the Bulldogs, 6-1, in
two previous meetings.

Union, a third-year program, suffered its only loss this season in overtime
to No. 15 Birmingham-Southern. They weren't eager to relive that memory
against Lambuth.

"When we walked out, I pulled the team in and I said, 'remember what it felt
like? I don't want that again. What do you guys think?'สำ Marksberry said.

"That's just a great college soccer match, great for the sport of soccer in
West Tennessee. That's what this was all about," White said. "Good rivalry,
good, fair play-by-plays, good game."

Lambuth players took the loss hard. Following the match, several Eagles
remained on the field, towels covering their faces.

"Last year, we won it on a free kick, and this year they get it on a (free)
kick," Lambuth coach Chris Przemieniecki said. "They put it in and we didn't
get it out. I thought Union today was the better team. They have improved
tremendously from last year. We're very young and this was just another one
of those learning experiences for us."

In the first half, Lambuth survived a couple of scares when defender Jeremy
Honors was inadvertently struck in the groin by the cleat of a Bulldogs
player and Justin Wright took an elbow to the lip. Both players returned for
the second half.

WHAT'S NEXT

Lambuth (4-3 overall, 1-0 Mid-South Conference) takes to the road for a
conference game against North Greenville at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Union (6-1 overall, 0-1 TranSouth) will play host to the Casey Jones Classic
on Friday and Saturday.

Williams Baptist and No. 23 Bethel (Ind.) play at 6 p.m. Friday; The
Bulldogs face Reinhardt (Ga.) in an 8 p.m. match Friday.

On Saturday, Reinhardt and Williams Baptist meet at 4:30 p.m.; Bethel and
Union face off at 6:30 p.m.

UNION 1, LAMBUTH 0

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