Saturday, August 31, 2013
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Georgia Gwinnett College’s Ibrahima Sissoko brings the ball up the field against Embry-Riddle in Lawrenceville on Saturday. (Photo: Tom Grason/GGC)
LAWRENCEVILLE — The Georgia Gwinnett College Grizzlies men’s team hosted the Embry-Riddle Eagles Saturday night at the Grizzly Soccer Complex in a game delayed by weather.
The Grizzlies (2-1) may have wished the rain from the earlier women’s game had stuck around a little longer, losing to the Eagles 2-0.
“This was the test we needed,” Grizzlies head coach Steve Decou said.
Embry-Riddle (1-0) wasted little time scoring early as Sigurbergur Ellison found the back of the net, taking an assist from Nicklas Petersson for a 1-0 lead at the 38:11 mark of the first half. The Eagles seemed to stifle the Grizzly attack at times and there were plenty of stoppages of play for fouls.
Veit Couturier converted a penalty kick inside the box to extend the Eagles lead to 2-0 at the 17:23 mark of the first half.
Both teams played hard in the second half with the Eagles vying to extend their lead and the Grizzlies staving off opportunities and trying to convert their own scoring chances.
A tense moment in the second half when Grizzly Callum Mordey was sent off with a red card. Mordey and an Eagles player were both sliding into the ball when it was determined that Mordey made too much contact with the leg of the Eagles player.
“This was a big game for us and that was a good team we played,” Decou said. “We just have to be better going forward, I thought we were predictable at times tonight. We’ve got to keep our composure, both teams had good chances.”