The Trinity Baptist College men’s soccer team opened the regular season on Wednesday on the road versus the NAIA Sun Conference‘s Seahawks of Keiser University. The Eagles matched Keiser defensively for nearly all 90 minutes, but the Seahawks scored twice late to secure a 3-1 win over Trinity.

Following a 30-minute lightning delay 19 minutes into the first half, Miles Calixte got the Eagles on the board first with the team’s first goal of the season, coming with 6:25 left on the clock. Calixte took a cross pass from Josh Briones (assist) and connected from the left side by finding the upper corner of the net to put Trinity ahead 1-0.

Keiser, though, tied the game just 1:31 later when Gabriel Souza picked up  loose ball following a header attempt. The teams entered the intermission tied at 1.

The Eagles’ defense held strong throughout the second half until an own goal gave Keiser a 2-1 lead with 10:13 left to play. Henry Brzycki added an insurance goal for Keiser with 85 seconds remaining to put up the final tally.

Eagles freshman Jason Autman was stellar in the goal in his college debut, saving six of Keiser’s nine shots on goal (22 overall). Trinity had three shots on goal against a very tough Seahawks defense, and Calixte was 1 for 2.

Next up for the Eagles is a trip to South Carolina to face Columbia International University and former Eagles coach Bill Brindley on Saturday, August 26. Kickoff is at 7:00 p.m. EDT. The Eagles will then play their 2017 home opener at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 31, versus the NCAA’s Shorter University. Three more home games will follow between September 5 (NAIA Webber International University) and September 16 (NAIA Warner University), including NCCAA Division 2 South Region rival Toccoa Falls College on September 15.

–Raymond Bureau, TBC