The Trinity Baptist College Eagles men’s soccer team traveled to Columbia, South Carolina, to battle NCCAA rival Columbia International University Saturday night. Both teams displayed excellent defense for the entire game. In the end, though, it was the Rams of CIU who prevailed with a final score of 2-0.

Just 1:46 into the second half, Jed Blanchet scored the first goal on the rebound off a corner kick. Both teams continued their strong defensive play throughout the second half, but CIU got some insurance with less than two minutes on the clock. Rahim Gordon scored on a slap shot to put up the game’s final tally.

The Eagles also played a very aggressive game up front. Juan Grimaldo, Zane Downey, and Clayton McDaniel attacked the goal throughout the game, but they met with equally-strong Rams defenders who deflected a number of shots away from the goal. Josh Briones and Caleb Vila were strong off the bench for the Eagles. In the backfield, Downey, Jean Hillaire, and Garret Feustel thwarted several Rams attacks and kept the ball away from the net.

The games was scoreless at the half.

Both teams had several shot attempts blocked by defenders, and both goalkeepers were stingy. The Eagles had 10 shots overall with five of them reaching goal, and Trinity goalkeeper Jason Kyle Aultman had four saves while Dominik Schleinitz saved five for CIU.

The Eagles will play their home opener on Thursday, August 31, against Shorter University. Kickoff is at 4:30 p.m. EDT. This is the first of four consecutive home games: Webber International (September 5), Toccoa Falls College (September 15), and Warner University (September 16) will follow.

–Raymond Bureau, TBC

(PHOTO: CIU Live Stream Screen Shot)