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Cougars Earn Huge 3-2 Over Southeastern

(10/18/11) Clearwater Christian College defeated Southeastern University (NAIA) 3-2 on a wet and rainy night at the Southeastern Soccer Complex. Senior Drew Custer led the Cougars with 2 goals, and freshman Chad Broussard added a goal and an assist.

Only eight minutes into the match, Southeastern was able to grab the early lead on a goal by Stephen Eppinger. With 15 minutes left in the first half, Ben Holmes took a long free kick that was stopped by the SEU keeper but Custer came up with the rebound to tie the score at 1-1. The Cougars maintained the momentum and with three minutes left in the half, Broussard took a pass from John Woodhall, beat the SEU defender and hit a blistering shot from 35 yards out to give the Cougars the 2-1 lead going into the half.

The first half was very evenly played with Southeastern holding a slight 6-5 edge in shots. In the second half, Clearwater earned an insurance goal when Broussard hit a cross into the box for a Seth Dempsey shot that was initially saved, but Custer was there for the rebound to push the CCC lead to 3-1. It was Custer's second goal of the game and would prove to be the eventual game winner.

Southeastern came back strong as the Cougars settled into a more defensive game to preserve the lead. Shawn Meek knifed through the Cougar defense scoring for the Fire to cut the lead to 3-2 with 15 minutes to play. Southeastern continuted to push for the tying goal in the closing minutes but the Cougar defense came up big to preserve the win.

The win was another chapter in a series of close matches between CCC and SEU and was the 4th straight win for the Cougars over the Fire.

Following the match, Coach Whitaker commented, "This was a huge win for our team. I'm so proud of the way our guys battled tonight against a really good team. Hopefully, this will give us a lot of confidence as we finish the season and head into the regional tournament."

Clearwater will close out the regular season with a trip to West Palm Beach, Florida to play Chowan University (NCAA II) on Saturday at 3:15 p.m. and Palm Beach Atlantic University (NCAA II) on Monday at 11:00 a.m.