No. 17 Lander unable to complete rally, falls in overtime to Queens

No. 17 Lander unable to complete rally, falls in overtime to Queens

GREENWOOD – The No. 17-ranked Lander men's soccer team's comeback effort fell short as the Bearcats suffered a 3-2 overtime loss to Queens in an upset at Van Taylor Stadium on Wednesday night.

"I thought from the first minute, we were flat," said head coach Lee Squires. "I thought Queens, who's a very good team, made us look ordinary for large parts of that game. I don't know if we really created enough chances to win the game. We weren't good enough tonight, it's as simple as that. We'll take a look in the mirror and regroup and see if we can continue to move toward our goals going forward."

Queens took the lead in the 33rd minute following a Bearcat foul. The ensuing free kick was sent deep into the box and ricocheted off a Lander defender and inside the far post to put the Royals up 1-0.

Edmundo Robinson extended Queens' lead to 2-0 at the 54:12 mark when he took a pass from Liam Doyle and slipped a shot past Aleksander Holboe for his 11th goal of the season. 

Lander got on the board in the 70th minute after drawing its first corner kick of the match. Oliver Brock's kick found Jordan Skelton, who headed a shot into the upper-right corner of the net for his team-leading seventh goal of the year. 

The Bearcats netted the equalizer at the 77:37 mark when Lars Kveseth sent a pass to Richard Bryan, who buried a deep shot from beyond the box over a leaping Sergio Lemus. 

The match appeared to be heading to double-overtime, but Juan Carlos Carrillo's muscled a shot through traffic and into the net with just 49 seconds remaining to give the Royals the win. 

Queens (7-5-4) snapped Lander's eight-match unbeaten streak and 14-match winning streak at home. Each squad managed four corner kicks, while the Bearcats outshot the Royals, 10-7. 

Lander (10-3-1) travels to PBC foe Georgia Southwestern on Saturday afternoon for a 3:30 p.m. match in the regular season finale. A win or a draw will give the Bearcats their second consecutive outright Peach Belt Conference regular season title.