HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Collin Hensel netted a quick-witted game-winning goal with a mere 24 seconds remaining to send Carson-Newman past Alabama Huntsville, 2-1, on Tuesday evening at Charger Field.
“Overall, the guys did very well,” Carson-Newman coach Stephen Lyons said. “A lot of players got an opportunity to play tonight, especially in that starting group. Matheus Maia was one of those, getting his goal to open things up. There were really good individual performances tonight that showed a lot of character. I think this proved that they do have that belief in themselves.”
Carson-Newman (7-2-1) has now won four-straight meetings against Alabama Huntsville (3-5), moving its overall lead to 6-4.
Hensel’s goal marked the first game-winner of his career and pushed his career goal total to six.
With his goal, C-N has now seen four of its 26 goals this season come in the final five minutes of play. Within that, two have come in the final minute, those being Hensel’s goal and Nic Carsh’s goal with 19 seconds remaining against Newberry on Sept. 21.
Maia provided the first push that C-N needed on the night with the first goal of his career. Not only was this his first appearance on the pitch this season but it was also his first career start.
Most of C-N’s starting mainstays through this point of the season came into the match from the bench, including Tobias Solem Karlsen . The senior tacked on the most shooting opportunities for the Eagles with four attempts and two on goal.
In the 25th minute, Sofian Maghouz set up a pass to Thaylan Silva but the junior got caught up with a Charger upon fighting for possession. Maia swept in to recover the open ball, taking it above the 18-yard box before launching a rocket to the back right upper 90.
Alabama Huntsville forced a 1-1 tie in the 61st minute on a look to the low left portion of the net from Khalil Bell.
The stalemate lasted until the 90th minute when Hensel booted a quick flick past Kelly for the first game-winning goal of his career.