On Tuesday, the Trinity Baptist College Eagles headed south to take on the Webber International University Warriors. The Eagles jumped out to an early lead, but the NAIA Sun Conference’s Warriors came from behind to win it 5-2.
Originally scheduled as a home game for the Eagles, the game was relocated to Webber in Babson Park, Florida.
Josh Briones put the Eagles on the board first with a goal that came at the 4:59 mark of the first half. Briones got the assist from Youlormans Hillaire as the Eagles started strong on the attack from the opening whistle.
Trinity held the momentum for much of the first half until Webber’s Noel Moandi scored twice within two minutes with goals at the 20:42 and 22:32 marks to put his team out in front. Trinity regained momentum from that point on and played aggressive soccer for the reminder of the half. However, Diachi Arahara added a third Warriors goal on a fast break with less than a minute before the halftime whistle.
Zane Downey pulled the Eagles to within one 15 minutes into the second half with an unassisted slap shot into the corner of the net. The Eagles poised themselves to tie the game with relentless pressure, but Webber goalkeeper Randy Chesson was stingy as he made some fine saves to thwart Eagle attacks. Webber then added two insurance goals from Armani D’Agostino and Roman Nielavitzky.
Trinity played a very aggressive game and fired off a season-high 16 shots with 7 of them on goal. Briones attempted seven shots, and eight other Eagles each had shot attempts. Chesson saved five overall for Webber while Kyle Aultman saved six for Trinity. Webber had 11 shots on goal out of 19 total attempts.
The Eagles will have the next 10 days off before they face South Region rival Toccoa Falls College on Friday, September 15. Both the men’s and the women’s teams will play Toccoa Falls with the women kicking off at 2:00 p.m. EDT and the men following with at 4:00 p.m. Scheduled start time. The men will then face Warner University the next day at 4:00 p.m. at home.
–Raymond Bureau, TBC Athletics
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