|2||55:53||Ignacio Mangada (Campbellsville (Ky.))|
|2||66:33||TEAM (Campbellsville (Ky.))|
|2||75:09||Brad Spooner (Bryan College)|
|2||84:57||Yudai Yamauchi (Campbellsville (Ky.))|
|Campbellsville (Ky.)||Indv. Leaders||Bryan College|
|2 Players (#9,#10) - 1||Goals||#17 Brad Spooner - 1|
|2 Players (#9,#11) - 1||Assists||#6 Dino Jones - 1|
|2 Players (#8,#9) - 2||Shots||#15 Arthur Dombrowski - 4|
|#1 Andreas Nota - 4||Saves||None|
|Campbellsville (Ky.)||Team Statistics||Bryan College|
|7 (2)||Shots (on goal)||14 (5)|
Dayton, Tenn. – One of the most highly anticipated NAIA men's soccer games of the week unfolded Saturday night on the campus of Bryan College as the 11th-ranked Lions hosted Mid-South Conference foe, 16th-ranked Campbellsville University in a top-20 showdown. After a scoreless first half, the crowd knew they were in for a show but ultimately it was the Tigers who held on for the 3-1 win, improving their overall record 2-0 while dropping the Lions to 2-2.
Bryan allowed only one goal through the majority of the second half, seeing Campbellsville gain a 2-0 advantage off an unfortunate own-goal by the Lions. The home team struck late, cutting the difference to one goal but Campbellsville sealed the victory with just over five minutes remaining on their third and final goal.
The edge in the first half went to the Lions as they outshot the Tigers 7-4 and landed three on target while none of Campbellsville's were on-goal. Bryan saw numerous opportunities to get on the board, including back-to-back shot attempts by Arthur Dombrowski in the 33rd-minute, but the Tiger's goalkeeper Andreas Nota eliminated the threat with two vital saves. Dombrowski had another try at the goal at 40:36 but it sailed high, marking the last shot by either side for the rest of the opening half as each stood scoreless at the break.
It wasn't until 10 minutes into the second half that a shot was taken, and the attack was by Campbellsville as Yudai Yamauchi slotted a pass to Ignacio Mangada for the first goal of the contest. The Tigers used the momentum as they controlled possession and continuously placed the ball in the box. In the 66th-minute, the pressure got to the Lions as they went to clear a ball but instead managed to deflect it back into their own goal, providing Campbellsville with a comfortable 2-0 lead.
The field grew quite as the game went on, but at 75:09 Brad Spooner (SO/Norwich, England) helped ignite a fire back in Bryan after receiving a pass from teammate Dino Jones (JR/Manchester, England) and capitalizing by netting his team-leading fourth goal of the year. As another 10 minutes passed, both Jonathan Ricketts (SO/Dayton, Tennessee) and Jones took their turn at an equalizer but came up short. In the 84th-minute, the Tigers roared their way to one last successful attack. The Lions made the initial stop as Campbellsville was forced to a corner kick. Even though the Tiger's attempt was not what they intended, the bounce off the post was in their favor as the ball rolled back to the Tiger who took the corner kick. He corralled the ball and hit Yamauchi in front of the goal who collected the pass and chipped it over the outstretched hands of Lion's goalkeeper Alex Horton (JR/Nuneaton, England) for the final goal of the night, giving Campbellsville the 3-1 win.
Bryan ended with 14 shots and five on-goal compared to Campbellsville's seven total looks with two on line. Dombrowski led the Lions in shots with four and had three fall on target, but it was Spooner who tallied two shots with both on-goal as one found the back of the net for Bryan's lone goal. Horton finished with three saves.
Following three straight competitions where the Lions have faced-off against top-20 foes, Bryan will return home on Sept. 5 at 7pm for a meeting with University of Pikeville (Ky.) who is neither ranked or receiving votes.
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