MONTGOMERY, Ala. ----- Three second-half goals by Montevallo proved to be the difference in the match, as the Auburn University at Montgomery men's soccer team fell to its in-state foe, 4-1, Wednesday at the AUM Soccer Complex.
With the loss, the Senators dropped to 4-5-2 on the season, while Montevallo, the No. 6 ranked team in NCAA Division II, improved to 8-0-1.
After the Falcons took a 1-0 lead in the 11th minute of the match, the Senators battled back to tie the contest at the 34:03 mark of the match.
Freshman Gudni Kristjansson scored his first collegiate goal to even the match at one apiece, taking a pass from fellow freshman Christian Kleine Holthaus. With the assist, Holthaus is now tied for third on the team with three on the season.
Montevallo regained the lead quickly in the second half, scoring just 11 seconds in on a goal by Alex Gohja. Milan Pualic assisted on the goal, as well as the second goal of the half for Montevallo. Pualic also scored the final goal of the match for the Falcons to finish with four points in the contest.
For the contest, AUM held an 18-7 advantage in total shots, but Montevallo goalkeeper Brendan Ledgeway stopped six shots to earn the victory. Junior Steve Keller posted two saves in the contest for the Senators.
Senior Gunnar Kristinsson led all players with five shots, while sophomore Tornubari Nyonebue finished with four shots. Freshman Clayton Arnez added three shots.
AUM will return to action on Saturday, when it hosts Southern Polytechnic State University at 3 p.m. The contest will be part of a doubleheader with the Lady Senators, who take on Martin Methodist at 1 p.m.