Sat, Sep 30, 2017 - [Women's Soccer]
Photo by: Wesley Sanders
Photo by: Wesley Sanders

Dayton, Tenn. – In Saturday's meeting between the Bryan College Women's Soccer team and fellow Appalachian Athletic Conference challenger Bluefield College (Va.), the decision came down to one successful attack by the home team when the Lions' Ruth Rosales (SR/El Salto, Mexico) dribbled the down the right side of the box and weaved a pass to Johanna Rappe (FR/Nordhausen, Germany) who drove the game-winning goal into the back of the net in the 29th-minute, helping Bryan to their second consecutive AAC win. 

The Lions dropped the Rams to 3-7 overall and 1-4 in conference play while they moved their overall record to 6-3 and AAC record to 4-1. Truett McConnell University (Ga.) remains the only conference team unbeaten in AAC play with Bryan and Columbia College (S.C.) trailing at 4-1.


The Rams charged their way to seven total shots and four falling on target, while the Lions overwhelmed Bluefield with 13 looks but only had three on goal. Morgana Hardt da Silva (SR/Porto Alegre, Brazil) compiled four saves, bringing her total to 26 this season, en route to her fourth shutout of the year.


Each side took turns countering on offense in the opening half. Bluefield had Bryan on their heels in the 19th-minute when the Rams delivered two shots in 14 seconds, but Hardt da Silva stood tall between the posts for the Lions, keeping the game scoreless. Bryan's third shot of the match came at 29:14 when Rosales connected with Rappe who capitalized on the shot, notching her fourth goal of the year and Rosales' team-leading fifth assist. The lone goal would be all Bryan needed to seal the win, capturing the 1-0 victory.


Rappe, Ana Ramirez (JR/Garland, Texas), and Makena Giles (FR/Athens, Tenn.) each recorded three shots, while Rosales followed with two attempts. Both Yarahi Hernandez (JR/Garland, Texas) and Claudia Eckstein (JR/Stettfeld, Germany) produced one shot, respectively.


Bryan will travel to Tennessee Wesleyan University on Wednesday, Oct. 4 for a matchup with the Bulldogs at 3:30pm, who are currently receiving votes in the NAIA Top-25 poll (4-3-1, AAC: 3-1-1).


To view the full 2017 women's soccer schedule, click here.


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