Daisa Shepherd scored the game-winning goal with 8:06 left to play, and the Trinity Baptist College women’s soccer team defeated the Florida College Falcons 1-0 Thursday afternoon at Trinity.

Just under 37 minutes into the second half, Shepherd took a corner kick pass from Arianna Elliot from the left corner and headed the ball into goal for the game’s only score. It was Shepherd’s second shot on goal of the game and eighth goal of the season.

The Eagles had seven total shots, three of them on goal, and met up with some very stiff defensive play from the Falcons, particularly back-fielders Cassidy Coffman and Shelby Lovett. Both Falcon defenders spent the afternoon stopping Eagles attacks by blocking pass attempts and forcing the Eagles back outside the scoring area.

Trinity’s defense, though, was just as tough. Alexa Goodwin, Hailey Ridenour, and Kristin Pabon continued their stellar defensive play by giving the Falcon attackers similar treatment. Trinity’s defense held Florida College to five shots on goal and forced the Falcon attackers to miss wide to either side or over the crossbar on their other shot attempts.

With the Eagles’ starting and backup goalkeepers unavailable, Alex Vierra stepped up to save four of the Falcons’ five shots on goal. The fifth hit the crossbar, and Emily Martinez beat FC attackers to the ball to clear it away before the Falcons could get off a second-chance shot.

Florida College goalkeeper Abigail Montanez saved two, once coming out of the goal box to catch Shepherd’s first shot.

With the win, the Eagles finish their home schedule and have a record of 7-4-1 overall, which guarantees them a winning record. The Eagles have one game left — at Florida National University on Saturday, October 28. Kickoff is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. EDT. Trinity defeated FNU 2-0 last weekend.

Trinity will host the South Region Tournament late next week. The #2 seed Eagles will battle #3 Toccoa Falls College on Thursday at 3:30 p.m. The winner will take on top-seeded Bob Jones University at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 4, for a chance to advance to the NCCAA Division 2 National Championship Tournament.

–Raymond Bureau, TBC