|Bryan College ( 0-1)||0||0||0|
|Freed-Hardeman University ( 2-1)||0||2||2|
|2||64:50||Samantha Clymer (Freed-Hardeman University)|
|2||88:31||Nina Carolissen (Freed-Hardeman University)|
|Bryan College||Indv. Leaders||Freed-Hardeman University|
|None||Goals||2 Players (#18,#22) - 1|
|None||Assists||#23 Abby Redferrin - 1|
|#10 Ana Ramirez - 5||Shots||#18 Nina Carolissen - 8|
|#00 Morgana Hardt da Silva - 11||Saves||#1 Erin Douglas - 7|
|Bryan College||Team Statistics||Freed-Hardeman University|
|15 (7)||Shots (on goal)||20 (13)|
Henderson, Tenn. – Rainfall on Thursday during the first day of the Lions Cup, hosted by Freed-Hardeman University Aug. 31-Sept. 2, threw a wrench in the Bryan College Lions Women's Soccer originally scheduled season opener as the Lions overwhelmed the University of Pikeville (Ky.) 5-0 through one half of play. Unfortunately, the weather made the field conditions unplayable, resulting in a cancellation of the contest since the required 70 minutes were not played. The change set up Saturday's matchup with home team Freed-Hardeman as the Lion's true season opener, but Bryan struggled to have the start they saw against Pikeville. Neither side could find the back of the net through the first half. A pair of late goals by Freed-Hardeman helped them improve to 2-1 overall and hand Bryan a 0-1 start to the season following the 2-0 final.
It was an equal first half as both sides produced 10 shots apiece, and each keeper managed to save six, respectively. In just the 3rd-minute of play, it looked as if Bryan would get on the board first as Ana Ramirez (JR/Garland, Texas) saw an opportunity on an attack and delivered a strike, but Erin Douglas stood tall between the posts for Freed-Hardeman and tallied her first save of the contest. As the opening half continued, both teams grouped shots together as Freed-Hardeman applied pressure with a trio of shots through the 11th-13th minutes, Bryan responded with three looks from the 22nd-minute through the 27th-minute, the home team came back with three attempts in the 28th and 29th-minutes, and the Lions countered with three more in the 31st-minute. Freed-Hardeman gave one last effort with 30 seconds remaining before halftime, but Morgana Hardt da Silva (SR/Porto Alegre, Brazil) kept the game scoreless with a save.
Last season the Lions battled their way to a 2-1 victory over Freed-Hardeman, and Freed-Hardeman took to the field in the second half determined to not have Bryan get the best of them once again. The Lions were held to only five shots in the second half as Freed-Hardeman worked their way to another 10 shots, but this time the Lions were unable to keep the home team out of the net with the first goal of the game coming at 64:50 when Abby Redferrin found Samantha Clymer who broke the silence. Bryan searched for the equalizer for the rest of the game as Freed-Hardeman added an insurance goal in the 88th-minute, collecting the 2-0 win and registering the shutout.
Ramirez used her speed to notch five shots with two on target, which was the most of any Lion. Following Ramirez was Makena Giles (FR/Athens, Tenn.) with three shots and two on-goal while Yarahi Hernandez (JR/Garland, Texas), Ruth Rosales (SR/El Salto, Mexico), and Johanna Rappe (FR/Nordhausen, Germany) all took two shots apiece. Bryan compiled 15 shots with seven on target compared to Freed-Hardeman's 20 shots and 13 falling on line. Hardt da Silva ended the match with 11 saves.
Bryan returns to Dayton, Tenn. on Sept. 5 for their home opener against Gulf South Conference opponent Shorter University (Ga.). The Lions and Hawks kickoff at 4:30pm.
To view the full 2017 women's soccer schedule, click here.