|Bryan College (2-1 )||1||0||1|
|William Carey (Miss.) (3-0 )||0||3||3|
|1||22:04||Charlie Clarke (Bryan College)|
|2||46:24||Michael Conejero (William Carey (Miss.))|
|2||74:19||Matt Redgrave (William Carey (Miss.))|
|2||85:23||Michael Conejero (William Carey (Miss.))|
|Bryan College||Indv. Leaders||William Carey (Miss.)|
|#7 Charlie Clarke - 1||Goals||#21 Michael Conejero - 2|
|#10 Kevin Roenpage - 1||Assists||#14 Joaquin Ruiz Cabello - 2|
|#17 Brad Spooner - 4||Shots||#21 Michael Conejero - 4|
|#1 Alex Horton - 5||Saves||#33 Grant Adam - 1|
|Bryan College||Team Statistics||William Carey (Miss.)|
|9 (2)||Shots (on goal)||14 (8)|
Hattiesburg, Miss. – On Monday evening, the 11th-ranked Bryan College Lions Men's Soccer Team headed to southern Mississippi in seek of their second victory against a top-15 opponent in the span of three days. Even though it was the Lions who struck first, 7th-ranked Southern States Athletic Conference foe William Carey University got the home crowd to energize them back in the game as the second half got underway. First came the equalizer just after the break, then the go-ahead score midway through the period, but it was another goal by the Crusaders with less than five minutes remaining that sealed the 3-1 win for the host school. The Lions move to 2-1 to begin the season, now taking a shot at two top-ranked teams, including a 3-1 victory at 12th-ranked Thomas University (Ga.) on Saturday, Aug. 26. The Crusaders improve to 3-1 with their only top-25 win coming against Bryan.
William Carey seemed to apply more pressure than Bryan in the opening half, outshooting the Lions 6-3, but once again Bryan made the best of their opportunities and at the 22-minute mark Kevin Roenpage (SR/Bremen, Germany) registered his second assist of the season after connecting with Charlie Clarke (JR/Norwich, England) who found the back of the net for a team-leading third time this year. The early conversion put Bryan on top 1-0 and was good enough to provide the Lions the advantage heading into halftime.
The difference maker for William Carey was their set pieces, which caused significant problems for Bryan. All it took was one and a half minutes for the Crusaders to level the score 1-1 following the start for the second half. At 46:24, Michael Conejero closed the gap for William Carey after capitalizing on a free kick.
Both sides vied for the lead as the latter half ticked away, and it was the home team who answered in the 74th-minute. Joaquin Ruiz Cabello dished out his first assist of the game to Matt Redgrave who headed the ball past Bryan's goalkeeper, Alex Horton (JR/Nuneaton, England), to control a 2-1 edge over the Lions. Bryan would go on to create six looks at the goal but none would fall. At 85:23, William Carey ended all hopes of Bryan as Conejero netted his second goal of the game and Ruiz Cabello secured his second assist of the outing to earn the 3-1 win.
William Carey compiled 14 shots with eight on target, while Bryan totaled nine attempts with two on-goal. Horton snagged five saves, bringing his total saves this season to nine. The Lions took a pair of corner kicks in the game compared to nine corner kicks for the Crusaders, who were able to use them to down Bryan.
"Our effort was certainly there tonight, but playing a top-ranked team, we have to bring more than effort," explained Bryan Head Coach, Drew Courtney. "William Carey is extremely effective on set pieces, and we played into their strengths which was ultimately costly for us. Time to regroup and focus on our next match."
The Lions have proven that they are an NAIA powerhouse team and will look to continue to challenge themselves as they host 16th-ranked Campbellsville University Sept. 2 at 7pm, marking the third top-20 team that they have faced in one week.
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