MARYVILLE, Tenn. - Goals by senior Andrew Smith-Parker and sophomore Dallas Thomas were not enough, as the Huntingdon men’s soccer teams attempt to upset top-seed Maryville in the semifinals of the Great South Athletic Conference tournament fell short, in a 3-2 loss on Friday.
With the loss, the Hawks season came to an end at 3-15, while the Scots (12-2-3) advance to take on Piedmont at 4 p.m. on Saturday for the league championship.
The Scots took a 1-0 advantage in the first half, when Tom Webster successfully converted a penalty kick in the 21st minute.
Ben Lawson extended the lead to 2-0 early in the second half, before Huntingdon mounted its comeback.
Thomas scored his fourth goal of the season in the 70th minute to trim the deficit to 2-1, while Smith-Parker looked to have forced an extra period with just eight minutes to play with his third goal of the year.
However, Maryville had one final push left in its tank. Travis Bolton scored with under four minutes to play in the contest off a corner kick to send the Scots to the Championship game.
Thomas and fellow sophomores Morgan Burke and Louis Hines each recorded two shots for the Hawks, while freshman Matt Russell recorded five saves in the loss.
“I cannot say enough about the effort the guys gave today,” head coach Kevin Ray said. “This was by far the most intensity I have seen out of our team all year. The wins and losses do not begin to show the improvement we made this season. The future of Huntingdon men’s soccer is heading in the right direction.”