Kyle Simmons scored in his second straight game to open the season, but the University of Alabama in Huntsville men's soccer team fell in its home debut by a 2-1 score to visiting Talladega on Wednesday evening. The Chargers drop to 0-2, while Talladega improves to 5-1.
After being named the Gulf South Conference Player of the Week for his efforts during the opening weekend, the sophomore struck in the 89th minute to register his 15th career goal.
The Huntsville native made two strong bids to open the scoring in what was a scoreless first half as a solid header attempt went just wide in the 14th minute, and Simmons had another opportunity saved by the Talladega keeper in the 21st minute. He finished the night with a team-high five shots including the two that made it on frame.
A chippy affair, the Chargers found themselves down a man 10 minutes into the second half after having a player sent off in the 55th minute, and the visitors quickly capitalized on the momentum as Kenrick Preston scored for the Tornadoes in the 56th.
The game continued to be contentious as a total of seven cautions were issued, and both teams played with 10 men after Talladega had a player issued a red in the 77th minute.
After the ejection, the Chargers had a golden opportunity to level the contest, but the subsequent penalty kick sailed high and the game remained 1-0 in favor of the guests.
Seemingly icing the contest, Talladega's Byron Lynum put one into the net in the 88th minute to make it 2-0 before the late UAH goal produced the 2-1 final.
Shots were even in the contest with both sides firing off 13 as Talladega had five make it on target compared to UAH's three.
The Chargers will return to action on Tuesday, Sept. 11, as they travel to Montevallo for a 7:30 p.m. contest with the former GSC foe.