Josh Briones and Clayton McDaniel provided the offense, and the defense was very stingy as the Trinity Baptist College Eagles defeated South Region opponent Toccoa Falls College 3-1 Friday afternoon at Trinity.
After a scoreless first half, Briones put Trinity on the board just 1:26 into the second with an unassisted goal on a direct free kick. He shot around a four-man wall and landed his kick just inside the right post.
Briones had two shots on goal in five attempts.
Five minutes later, McDaniel took a long pass from Angelo Fernandez off the chest. He turned and fired a hook shot inside the right post to give the Eagles a 2-0 lead. Octavio Amaral then found McDaniel in Minute 55 to extend the lead to 3-0. Juan Grimaldo set up the play with a tap-in corner kick to Amaral, who earned the assist.
McDaniel led all players with six shots, five of them on goal.
Toccoa’s Caleb Meeks scored with nine minutes left to play. Meeks hit a slap shot from nearly 30 yards out into the top left corner of the net. Toccoa’s Austin Reed was the defensive player of the game, thwarting several Trinity attacks and blocking shot attempts all afternoon.
Trinity’s Kyle Aultman had one save thanks to his defensive backs, who limited Toccoa to only three total shots on the afternoon. The Eagles had 10 shots on goal in 19 total attempts. Tyler Standridge had seven saves for Toccoa Falls.
Saturday’s game with Warner University is canceled, so the Eagles will play their next four games on the road, beginning at LaGrange College on Tuesday, September 19. Two South Region games will follow: Pensacola Christian College on September 22 and Toccoa Falls on September 29. After a trip to NAIA Dalton State College on September 30, the Eagles have some time off before facing Regent University at home on October 7.
–Raymond Bureau, TBC