COLUMBIA, S.C.  –  The Dartmouth men’s soccer team scored a late insurance goal in the second half to hold off Kentucky 3-1 in the first game of the South Carolina Tournament on Friday evening.

The Big Green (3-0-2) scored early in the contest, capitalizing on a corner kick opportunity set by junior Stefan Defregger. The set piece volleyed to the boot of junior Colin Heffron from 10 yards out for his first of the season in the 13th minute. The goal was the first shot on target for either squad.

Although they led 1-0 at the half, the Big Green was out played on the score sheet by as the Wildcats held a 9-3 edge in shots. Sophomore Stefan Cleveland made two stops in frame and the defense was credited with five defensive blocks.

Holding a 1-0 advantage to start the second half, the Green added its second marker in the 52nd minute. Following a Kentucky (2-3) corner kick, the Big Green sent the ball down field allowing a cross into the box from sophomore Alberto Gorini to junior Gabe Stauber.

Kentucky creped back into the contest with a goal in the 69th minute as leading scorer Isak Krogstad snapped a free kick into the goal from just outside the top of the box.

Ten minutes later, Dartmouth added an insurance goal off the foot of freshman Alexander Marsh. Marsh streaked down the far side and blasted a shot to the near post to give the Big Green a 3-1 lead.

Cleveland made five saves in the contest for Dartmouth. Callum Irving made just one save for the Wildcats. UK outshot Dartmouth 17-8 and held a 9-1 advantage in corner kicks.

Dartmouth will remain at the South Carolina Tournament and take on the host Gamecocks on Sunday at 1:30 pm.