SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Gardner-Webb men's soccer took an early 1-0 lead Friday night at Wofford, but the host Terriers rallied for two goals in the second half for a 2-1 win on the first day of the 2016 Big South/SoCon Challenge.
Wofford (3-0) got the deciding tally in the 83rd minute, as Kyle Nelson took an assist from Lucas Altman off a corner for the winner.
Gardner-Webb (1-1) had its chance to go ahead moments earlier in the match, as Severin Soerlie's shot sailed high in the 76th minute.
Ali Al-Gashamy had a flurry of his own over a three-minute stretch after the Terriers tied the match in the 47th minute. The redshirt senior shot wide himself in the 51st minute, had a corner kick in the 52nd minute and had another shot blocked in the 54th minute.
Wofford's Matthew Aurednik tied the match in the 47th minute, beating Gardner-Webb's Matthew Swan from the left corner of the box – a low shot that found the net.
Gardner-Webb took its lead at the 7:56 mark, with Marvin Mendy chipping a shot over the Terriers' keeper for his first goal of the season. Mendy took advantage of a Wofford turnover on the chance.
Mendy had an earlier chance as well, with his header saved by Wofford's Garrett Closs. Sami Jilla also had a chance early, as the Runnin' Bulldogs started the match with intensity. Jilla's shot at the 3:36 mark was blocked away.
Wofford outshot the 'Dogs 20-10, with eight of those on frame.
Gardner-Webb got three shots from Al-Gashamy, two from Soerlie and another pair from Mendy – one which found the net. Hunter Frey, Jilla and Alain Delgado also recorded shots for the Runnin' Bulldogs.
Wofford was paced by Connor Donohue and Andreas Suri with three shots each. Nelson, a defender, had a pair of shots on goal – including the match winner.
The Terriers had 15 of their shooting total in the final 45 minutes.
Gardner-Webb will return to Spartanburg on Sunday afternoon, battling Mercer at Snyder Field. Kickoff is set for 1:00 pm.