CAMPBELLSVILLE – For nearly 60 minutes the University of Pikeville men’s soccer team was in control at Campbellsville (Ky.) with a 1-0 lead, but the final 30 belonged completely to the Tigers who fought back for a 6-1 win on Saturday night at Finley Stadium.
Cooper Gaypia provided the early heroics for UPIKE, travelling by himself down the left side of the field in the 42nd minute before booting a shot across the box in front of Tiger keeper Max Malachiyev for the 1-0 lead.
Campbellsville (11-1-1, 4-1-1 MSC) led the first half in shots 7-5 and held an 8-1 corner-kick advantage, but Gaypia was the only player on the field in the first 45 minutes to score.
The second half was a much different story as Campbellsville outshot the Bears 20-5 to finish with a 13-4 advantage in shots on goal.
It made sense for a foul heavy game, in which the Tigers led 17-15, that also had eight cautions, would have a momentum turning goal off a penalty kick.
A UPIKE (3-8, 1-5 MSC) foul in the penalty box just under 13 minutes into the second half resulted in a successful penalty kick by Alex Ryan to tie the game. Seven minutes later the Tigers were awarded a restart one foot off the box which was ultimately finished off the crossbar by Ryan to take the lead for good at 2-1.
After being stymied by two goals off of free kicks, UPIKE managed to put just one more shot on target the rest of the game by Exon Menjivar in the 79th minute.
The game fell apart for the Bears in the final 10 minutes at Campbellsville struck for goals in the 82nd, 84th and 86th minutes to build a 5-1 lead. Making matters worse, the Bears had an unlucky own goal off a ricochet from a cross to get to the final 6-1 score.
Gaypia paced UPIKE with five shots, including two on goal, while Eddie Zavala was the only other Bear with multiple shots, taking two. Campbellsville was led in shots by Ryan and Kevon Farquharson with five each.
Bear keeper Alfredo Piedra finished with eight saves and the Tigers’ Malachiyev grabbed three with just the one goal allowed.
Pikeville will be back in action at 3 p.m. on Sunday against Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) at the Bob Amos Soccer Complex.