|1||16:40||Lewis Perkins (Bryan College)|
|1||22:08||Keith Lyons (Bryan College)|
|1||40:43||Daniel Vonthin (Bryan College)|
|2||65:23||Max Isenberg (Pikeville (Ky.))|
|2||84:40||Angel Santiago (Bryan College)|
|Pikeville (Ky.)||Indv. Leaders||Bryan College|
|#10 Max Isenberg - 1||Goals||4 Players - 1|
|None||Assists||6 Players - 1|
|#10 Max Isenberg - 2||Shots||3 Players - 3|
|#1 Anibal Navarro - 6||Saves||None|
|Pikeville (Ky.)||Team Statistics||Bryan College|
|2 (1)||Shots (on goal)||21 (10)|
Dayton, Tenn. – Following a three-game stretch where the 16th-ranked Bryan College Lions Men's Soccer Team faced-off with three top-20 teams, including then-7th and now 2nd-ranked William Carey University (Miss.), the Lions were able to recharge with a small break, return home, and then improve their overall record to 3-2 with a 4-1 win over Mid-South Conference foe, University of Pikeville (Ky.) while keeping the Bears winless at 0-2.
Bryan began the contest in complete control as the first half got underway and continued to do so until the last seconds ticked off the clock. In the opening period, the Bears were unable to produce a look at the goal, while the Lions clawed their way to 12 attempts with three finding the back of the net. Pikeville managed a pair of shots in the second half with one falling for a score, but Bryan added nine more to total 21 shots in addition to another goal to seal the game 4-1.
The Lions remained confident as a group of key starters didn't see the field until the 30-minute mark, but that wouldn't keep Bryan from getting on the board first when Jonathan Ricketts (SO/Dayton, Tennessee) connected with Lewis Perkins (FR/Dereham, England) for his first career-goal. After the ball was played into the box, Ricketts competed for control in the air and was able to make contact with his back. Perkins took the deflection with no hesitation and buried it into the top right corner of the goal for a 1-0 advantage. The second goal came just six minutes after the initial score when Dino Jones (JR/Manchester, England) helped guide an attack by Bryan. Jones directed a pass to Joao Paulo who turned and hit an open Keith Lyons (JR/Dandridge, Tennessee). Instead of corralling the pass and using a touch before the strike, Lyons rocketed the pass back towards the goal and passed the hands of Pikeville's goalkeeper, Anibal Navarro, registering his second goal of the year and third in his career. Bryan's last goal of the first half came in the 40th-minute when Jason Ward (JR/Norwich, England) placed a near perfect through ball to Charlie Clarke (JR/Norwich, England). Navarro decided to rush the play, leaving the goal unattended. Clarke saw a shot opportunity and delivered, but the ball sailed and made impact with the keeper. Navarro couldn't secure the ball and Daniel Vonthin (SR/Wetzlar, Germany) was prepared on the back side of the goal as he capitalized on the second-chance look for a 3-0 edge over the Bears after the first period, turning in his first goal of the year and second as a Lion.
20 minutes ran off the clock in the second half before Pikeville broke the silence with their lone goal of the game, which also marked their first shot of the night. A foul by the Lions set up the Bears with a free kick 20 yards deep. Pikeville's Max Isenberg stepped up to the plate and directed a flawless strike long and high. Alejandro Toro (JR/Cali, Colombia), who was standing guard in the goal for the Lions, made the necessary adjustments and jumped to punch the ball away but the ball unfortunately crawled past his outstretched hands and in the for the score, cutting the deficit to 3-1. Bryan relentlessly beat on the door in the second half, threatening to extend the lead, but Pikeville changed their strategy to all defense. The Bears surrendered only one more goal to the Lions, which came at 84:40 off a set piece. Vonthin had a pair of assists last season and recorded his first this year when he took a corner kick that Angel Santiago (SO/San Juan, Puerto Rico) battled to connect with. Santiago received the corner and slotted the ball to the bottom right corner of the goal, leaving Pikeville no chance at stopping the shot. The score is the first of Santiago's career and helped Bryan seal the 4-1 final.
The Lions outshot the Bears 21-2 and had 10 fall on target compared to Pikeville's one. Toro went without a save, while Navarro compiled six saves. In addition to 21 total shot attempts, Bryan also took 12 corner kicks as a result of an endless offensive attack.
"I was glad to see some different players step up tonight and help us," said Bryan Head Coach, Drew Courtney. "We created a lot of chances but have to do a better job with our final product as we progress through the season."
Bryan will be tested once again as they go head-to-head with West Virginia Institute of Technology, who started the season ranked No. 5 in the nation but have fallen from the top-25 list since. The Golden Bears host the Lions Sept. 9 at 4pm.
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