STATESBORO, Ga. – Georgia Southern scored with just 10 seconds left in regulation, as Gardner-Webb was handed a heartbreaking, 3-2, road loss in non-conference action Wednesday night.
The Runnin' Bulldogs (3-8-0) and Eagles (6-5-1) came out of the gates in high gear, with Georgia Southern taking the lid off with a goal from Jeremy Record just 1:20 into the match.
Gardner-Webb wasted very little time catching up, as Severin Soerlie dribbled from the top of the box and finished from 18 yards out at the 3:30 mark.
Each team had a handful of chances over the next 25 minutes, but could not find the net.
David Koloko gave Gardner-Webb the lead off a Soerlie assist in the 35th minute, as Soerlie dribbled into the left side of the box and served a ball that Koloko finished from 10 yards away.
That unleashed a flurry for the Runnin' Bulldogs, with Marvin Mendy's shot blocked just half a minute later – and Koloko following with a rocket that hit off the crossbar at 34:38. Sami Jilla got off another shot on goal – with Torgeir Fjaer saving the chance at 34:46.
A corner kick was followed by a pair of shots from Magnus Moldboard, the last at the 38:13 mark that was saved again by Fjaer. Simon Olsen followed with another shot off an Al-Gashamy corner with 38:55 on the clock and Al-Gashamy finished the half with another chance that sailed high.
Georgia Southern scored the equalizer in the 73rd minute, as Nick Wells tied the match off an assist from Filip Davidovski and Sander Wang.
The match appeared headed for extra time when the Eagles were whistled for offsides at the 87:07 mark, but Blake Wilson shook free and passed to Josh Bronstorph at 89:50 for the game winner.
Georgia Southern held a 23-17 shooting edge, with nine Gardner-Webb shots on frame. Al-Gashamy had four shots (three on goal), Moldjord had three (two on goal), Soerlie had three (one on goal) and Koloko had three (one on goal).
Gardner-Webb will stay on the road, traveling to play at Brevard on Friday night at 6:30 pm.