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ATLANTA, Ga. - The Pacific Lutheran University men's soccer team fell victim to a pair of late goals on Friday, having its 2017 season opener spoiled in a 2-1 setback to Oglethorpe University at the Sonny Carter Invitational.
Eddie Na gave the Lutes (0-1) the early advantage as the reigning Northwest Conference Offensive Player of the Year scored unassisted in the 19th minute, beating the Stormy Petrel keeper on a shot to the far post. PLU's lead held until the 69th minute when Gabriel Alvarez leveled the contest. Oglethorpe (1-0) would strike once more with Topher Marshall scoring on a free kick in the 88th minute.
RJ Noll had a busy debut in goal for the Lutes, recording 12 saves in 90 minutes of work. His counterpart, Luke Whelan, stopped two shots in the complete game effort.
"Oglethorpe was a good team and played well and deserved the result," said Head Coach John Yorke. "We're very disappointed though in how we played. We have some self reflection that needs to take place tonight before we get on the field tomorrow. We didn't give the game the energy or the enthusiasm that it deserved."
The Lutes close out their Georgia road trip on Saturday, facing host Emory University at 4 p.m. (Pacific Time).
"I have high expectations for this group though and I'm confident that the players will regroup and be better tomorrow."