Daisa Shepherd scored the game’s only goal, and the defense held strong as the Trinity Baptist College Lady Eagles defeated Bob Jones University 1-0 in a battle for the top seed in the South Region.
Shepherd took a long pass from Kristin Pabon on a free kick near midfield following a foul. Pabon lofted the ball over Shepherd, who beat her defender and slapped it in from well inside the penalty box for the game-winning goal in Minute 77.
Both teams played very solid defense throughout the game. Trinity’s defense forced the Bruins to retreat and reset many times all afternoon, and the Bruins’s defense held Trinity to only six total shots and three on goal. Bob Jones goalkeeper Jessica Baun saved two and came out of the net several times to stop the Eagles from shooting. Defender Jennifer Townsend stepped up in the second half and either stole the ball or blocked numerous Eagles passes and shot attempts.
Meanwhile, Trinity’s Courtney Blanset saved 10 overall, and most of them came after Shepherd’s goal. The Bruins controlled the ball for the majority of the second half and kept the pressure on the Eagles’ defense. Two Bruin shots on goal hit off the crossbar, and Blanset saved all else that came her way. Kaitlyn Hummel (4) and Mikayla Rajcan (3), both Bruins, led all players in shot attempts.
Pabon, Jennifer Jeffrey, and Hailey Ridenour cleared away attack after attack in the game’s final minutes to help preserve the win.
With the win, the Eagles even the season series with Bob Jones at 1-1 and tie the Bruins atop the South Region with a 3-1 record. Both teams have completed South Region play.
Trinity will next play on Saturday, October 21, when they kickoff homecoming ceremonies and battle Florida National University at 2:00 p.m. EDT. The gentlemen will host Pensacola Christian College at 4:30. A home game versus Florida College follows on October 26, and the Lady Eagles will end the regular season at Florida National in Hialeah, Florida, on October 28.
The South Region tournament will begin on November 2, and the title game is scheduled for November 4. Trinity Baptist College will host the women’s tournament.
–Raymond Bureau, TBC