Josh Briones broke a scoreless tie in the second half, and the Trinity Baptist College Eagles held on for the victory as they defeated the NAIA Warner University Royals 2-0 Monday afternoon.
Originally scheduled as a home game at Trinity, the game moved across town to Losco Regional Park in Mandarin because of field conditions stemming from Sunday’s heavy storms. It was also a game rescheduled from earlier in the season because of Hurricane Irma.
Briones broke the tie 8:26 into the second half on a direct free kick that ensured from a tripping penalty as the Eagles advanced toward the goal. The foul occurred at the top of the arc outside the penalty box. Briones shot around the Royals’ four-man wall and found the top right corner of the net for the game’s first score.
Briones added an insurance goal with 12:20 left on the clock. Taurean Lee (assist) lofted a long pass from near midfield. Briones beat Royals goalkeeper Johan Seminoario to the ball inside the box and slapped it in.
Warner had scoring opportunities, but Trinity’s goalkeeper Josh Aultman saved three shots on goal, and his defense provided plenty of help in front of him, including two headers on Warner corner kicks that knocked the ball out of scoring range late in the game. The Eagles had several more shot attempts before the final whistle, but they could not add to the goal count.
The Eagles controlled the ball on their offensive side throughout the game, but Warner defenders kept the Eagles from getting off shots. The two teams entered halftime scoreless.
Trinity will travel to Florida College on October 10 and Bob Jones University on October 14 before playing again at home on Homecoming Saturday — October 21 — vs. Pensacola Christian College at 4:30 p.m. EDT. Three of Trinity’s final four games are all at home.
–Raymond Bureau, TBC