Concord drops Rams, 2-0

By Rudy Roediger | September 6, 2012 | RSS

BLUEFIELD, W.Va. – Bluefield College’s men’s soccer team fell for the second straight time with a 2-0 loss to local rival Concord on Thursday evening at the East River Soccer Complex. (Box)

The loss, the second straight by the Rams, drops Bluefield to 1-3-0 on the year while the win improves Concord to 1-1-1.


Cameron Russell netted the game’s opening goal with less than 30 minutes remaining on a header on an assist from Tyler Farrar.


The play began following back-to-back fouls on the Rams setting up a dangerous free kick. Farrar lined up the kick from the left wing and swung the ball onto the unmarked head of Russell who neatly tucked it past the Rams starting keeper, Jefferson Watson made five saves on the night.


The goal by Russell marked the first of the year for the Mountain Lions who came into the contest 0-1-1 with eight goals against.


Chris Gummer returned to the lineup with under 19 minutes to play and quickly made an impact as the Rams looked for the equalizer.


First the Rams earned back-to-back corner kicks and saw a shot by James Gunn go just wide at the 15:32 mark.


With just under 14 minutes to play Gummer tightroped the byline and sent a pass to the penalty mark for a crashing Dan Turpin. The junior from Draper, Va., put the ball wide of the target as the Rams poured on the pressure.


After Steven Guerrier smashed a shot off the crossbar James Gunn followed it up only to have his strike saved by the Mountain Lions keeper, Matt Hamilton.


Concord found the final goal of the game with 11:29 remaning when Richard Vicent intercepted a ball and walked in on net for an easy finish securing the final 2-0 result for the visitors.


For the game the Mountain Lions outshot the hosts 11-9 and held a decisive 7-3 lead in shots on target.


The Rams return to action at the East River Soccer Complex on Saturday when they host Ferrum College with a 3 p.m. kickoff.