No. 5 Limestone Gets by No. 12 Pfeiffer in Overtime

GAFFNEY, S.C. Limestone senior midfielder Jackson Decker (Port Moody, British Columbia) scored with 1:20 left in overtime sending the No.5 Saints to a thrilling 8-7 come from win over rival and No.12 Pfeiffer at "The Rock" on Saturday, April 14.

Jackson's game winning goal came a shot from the edge crease off a feed from junior midfielder Connor De Voe (East Rockaway, N.Y.) as Limestone captured its fourth consecutive Conference Carolinas regular season title and the No.1 seed for the tournament with the Saints to play No.4 seed Belmont Abbey on Friday, April 20 at the Queens Sports Complex at Marion Diehl Park in Charlotte, N.C., with the face-off scheduled for 3:00 p.m.

Saturday's win on Senior Day moved Limestone to 12-1 overall, 5-0 in the Conference, a 24th consecutive league win and extended the Saints' NCAA Division II South Region win streak to 45 games which includes an 12-0 mark on the season while the Falcons dropped to 4-1 in the league and 10-5 overall.

Limestone seeks a fourth consecutive Conference Tournament Championship and 14th in the last 15 seasons. Limestone seeks its fourth since Conference Carolinas has sponsored the sport, adding to one in the then Carolinas-Virginia Athletics Conference with the others coming as member of the Deep South Conference.

Note ... Prior to Saturday's game Limestone recognized 11 seniors and their accomplishments as a group ... those recognized were goalie Steve Gartelman (Seaford, N.Y.), attackmen Shayne Jackson (Bowmanville, Ontario) and Michael Colonell (Glen Arm, Md.), midfielders Mason Mundell (Severna Park, Md.), Randy Waugh (Severna Park, Md.), Desi Gonzalez (Massapequa, N.Y.), Jackson Decker (Port Moody, British Columbia) as well as defensemen Steven Sauser (Pasadena, Md.), Josh Wharton (Pasadena, Md.), Jeremy Serraglio (Coquitlam, British Columbia) and Tommy Bryant (Severna Park, Md.).

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GAFFNEY, S.C. - A 4-1 halftime lead was erased for good with Jackson Decker's overtime goal as #5 Limestone avoided the upset bid by Pfeiffer with an 8-7 win on Saturday afternoon. The Conference Carolinas victory scared the Saints to 12-1 overall, 5-0 in league play while the Falcons fall to 10-5, 4-1.

After Randy Waugh's goal 1:14 into the first quarter, Pfeiffer would reel off the next four over the next 28:46 for their three-goal lead at the break. Cole Sheen started and finished the first half streak while Robert Hope and Kory Lutes sandwiched goals in-between.

Starting the second half, Luke Gillespie made it 5-1 Pfeiffer just 66 seconds into the third before Limestone roared back for four-straight goals. Connor DeVoe would tally back-to-back strikes for a five-all game through three.

Both teams traded goals back-and-forth in the fourth as Tucker Hammock and Justin Rose put the Falcons up one on two different occasions. A man-up goal by Tyler Baker with 3:56 would be the final equalizer for Limestone before Decker's OT winner.

Pfeiffer will once again settle for the #2 seed in next week's conference tournament at Queens while Limestone holds the top spot.


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