The regular season ended Thursday night for Trinity Baptist College men’s soccer as the Eagles traveled to Lakeland, Florida, to take on the Southeastern University Fire. Trinity played exceptionally well with the very tough NAIA team, but a break late in the game allowed the Fire to score the game’s only goal and take a 1-0 victory.

Southeastern controlled the ball throughout most of the first half, but the Eagles’ defense forced numerous retreats and 25 missed shots. Shelove Delance, Jean Hillaire, and Zane Downey led the defensive effort that thwarted numerous Fire attacks. Kyle Aultman had four saves out of five shots on goal (30 attempts), and the Fire hit the posts and crossbar on three occasions. Trinity had opportunities, but the Fire defense proved tough while goalkeeper Logan Whitney saved all seven of Trinity’s shots on goal.

The teams entered halftime in a scoreless tie.

The Eagles took 16 total shots, spreading them out over eight attackers with Josh Briones taking six of them and Garret Fuestel and Clayton McDaniel each shooting twice. Hillaire, Downey, Juan Grimaldo, Mylens Calixte, and Brenner Pittman all got off shot attempts.

Southeastern’s Caue Salgado took advantage of a free-kick pass from Gustavo Rodriguez and scored the game winner with 10:25 left to play. Trinity forced several strong attacks in attempt to tie the score, but Whitney was solid in the goal, and the Fire held on to win on their senior night and final regular-season home game.

The Eagles will now prepare for the South Region Tournament, which begins on Thursday, November 2, at Bob Jones University in Greenville, South Carolina. Final seeding is not yet determined. Trinity is the three-time defending South Region champion.

–Raymond Bureau, TBC

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