MARS HILL, N.C. – The University of Montevallo men's soccer team's (12-5-4) season came to an end in the Opening Round of the NCAA Tournament. The Falcons fell on the road to Mars Hill College (12-5-1), 3-0. UM gave up a pair of first half goals and were never able to recover as the Lions' defense held strong. The Falcons took nine shots on goal which was one more then the Lions but they were unable to get any past the MHC keeper who had eight saves on the night.
Stephen Bivens got the scoring started for MHC in the 19th minute as Alex Mullen fed Bivens the ball in the box where Bivens was able to beat the UM keeper for the early lead. Bivens added another first half goal at the 31:13 mark when he scored off a rebound sent in again by Mullen. Mars Hill outshot Montevallo, 11-6 in the opening frame. Six of the Lions' shots were on goal. The Falcons edged the Lions in corner kicks in the first half, 4-1.
Brandon Tardioli recorded an insurance goal at the 87:38 mark to make the final tally, 3-0 in favor of the Lions. Tardioli found the back of the net from nine yards out on a pass from Giovanni Malnati.
MHC outshot the Falcons, 18-16. Montevallo had eight more corner kicks (9-1) than the Lions.
The Falcons were led in shots by a trio of players including senior Tyson Eyo (Liverpool, England/Florida Tech), junior Shane Howard (County Carlow, Ireland/Old Dominion University) and freshman Giuliano Frano (Mississauga, Ontario/St. Marcellinus) who all had four shots. Eyo led in shots on goal with four.
Sophomore goalkeeper Brendan Ledgeway (York, England/All Saints) made five saves in the loss.