by Andrew Goodwin, Sports Information Assistant
GETTYSBURG, Penn. – A physical road contest didn't go Whitworth's way Friday evening as a late goal propelled the Gettysburg Bullets to a win in the season-opening contest for both teams.
Jonathan Molina scored the go-ahead go for Gettysburg in the 71st minute, slotting a shot into the top-left corner of the net to give the Bullets a lead they wouldn't relinquish.
The goal came at the end of a rough and tumble match where officials handed out six yellow cards – three to each team – and called 23 fouls between the two squads.
A foul call also helped the Bullets take the match's first lead. After the Pirates were called for a foul inside the box, Precious Ozoh knocked home a 14th minute penalty kick which gave Gettysburg a 1-0 advantage that they held for the next 35 minutes.
Whitworth evened the match right after halftime. Chase Reidt made a run down the right side of the field before finding Kyle Cacoyannis wide open in the box. The senior midfielder buried the opportunity to tie the game at one.
Gettysburg took control after Cacoyannis' goal. The Bullets mustered four shots in the next four minutes, though none found the net thanks to Whitworth goalkeeper Jesus Nunez. The next shot that either team took was Molina's match-winner.
Whitworth attempted to find another equalizer with time running out, but Reidt's shot missed wide in the 89th minute and defenders blocked Luke Denke's 90th minute effort.
The Bullets finished the game looking like the aggressors on the stat sheet. Gettysburg took eight more shots than Whitworth, including six more shots on goal. Nunez was forced to make five more saves than his counterpart, Thomas Keane.
The Bucs will have an opportunity to bounce back tomorrow when they take on top-ranked Messiah College. The match is scheduled to kick off at 1:30 p.m.