Just hours after the women lost a heartbreaker to VSU in the semifinals of the Gulf South Conference championship tournament, the University of West Florida men’s soccer team won its semifinal match 3-2 with a go-ahead score in the 89th minute to advance to the finals.
On Nov. 6, the men shared the same disappointment that the women had felt two days earlier when the men fell to Christian Brothers University in penalty kicks, snapping their streak of five consecutive GSC championships.
The game stayed scoreless throughout regulation.
UWF took 13 shots, and CBU took nine, but neither was able to make one count in the tough, physical game, according to www.goargos.com.
Junior goalkeeper Ramon Sealy recorded three saves while CBU goalkeepers totaled two.
After two scoreless overtime periods, the game was sent into penalty kicks.
The Argos shot first, making all but its third penalty kick.
The Buccaneers made all five of its penalty kicks to win the GSC title.
The Argo athletes can hold their heads high though.
Four members of the team were named to the All-Tournament Team: seniors Matt Aldred and Sean Reynolds and juniors James Moore and Junior Prevalus.
In the semifinal match against Alabama-Huntsville, Prevalus got the Argos on the board first, scoring in the 30th minute, according to www.goargos.com.
Stephen Munoz kept the scoring going for UWF two minutes later with a header to put the Argos up 2-0.
The Chargers came back in the 44th minute to send the game into halftime with a score of 2-1.
The Chargers fought back, tying things up in the 62 minute.
It looked like the game would go to overtime before the Argos were given a corner kick late in the game.
Freshman Dillon Gallet received the kick and scored the go-ahead point in the 89th minute, and the Argos went on to win the match.
UWF finished the regular season 9-6-3 (3-2 GSC).
Reynolds was named the GSC Men’s Player of the Year.
He and two other Argos, Aldred and Sealy, made the All-GSC first team for the regular season.
Three Argos also made the All-GSC Second Team: senior Marquel Waldron and sophomores Jack Salafrio and Gallet.
The fate of the Argos rested in the hands of the NCAA selection committee.
The committee announced the selections for the South Regional Tournament on Nov. 7. The Argos were not on the list.