Beckley, WV. – On Saturday, the 16th-ranked Bryan College Men's Soccer team improved their overall record to 4-2 and dropped the West Virginia Tech Golden Bears to 0-3-1 when junior midfielder and Norwich, England native, Joe Goreham (JR/Norwich, England), netted the game-winning goal in the 39th-minute as Bryan blanked the home team with a 1-0 final.
The Lions' attack completely overwhelmed the Golden Bears en route to a 14-8 edge in shots through 90 minutes. In the first half, WVU Tech saw a mere three looks as Bryan produced seven shots. Charlie Clarke (JR/Norwich, England) looked to get the Lions on the board in just the first few minutes when at 2:20 Clarke saw an opening and released a strike but traveled wide. At 13:40, Dino Jones (JR/Manchester, England) made his presence known in the box as he skied and propelled a header towards the goal, but Golden Bears' goalkeeper, Lewis Everett managed to deflect the shot. The Lions wanted to take advantage of the opportunity and nearly capitalized on the set piece as Kevin Roenpage (SR/Bremen, Germany) took the corner kick. Everett recorded another save as David Solis (FR/Littleton, Colorado) sent a shot his way. WVU Tech struggled to clear the ball as Brad Spooner (SO/Norwich, England) took possession and fired a shot that sailed wide.
The Golden Bears escaped the threat from the Lions and were finally able to penetrate the Lions' back line 17 minutes into the opening period as they tallied their first shot, but Alex Horton (JR/Nuneaton, England) stood tall in the goal for Bryan and collected the save. The next shot for the Lions occurred at 24:36 when Goreham launched the ball but went high. Goreham remained focused and his determination paid off at 39:43 when he maneuvered through WVU Tech's defense and found the back of the net for the second time this season.
The lone score for Bryan was good enough for the win as the Lions kept the Golden Bears out of the goal the second half, notching their first shutout of the year, 1-0. Clarke led the Lions in shots with four and two on target, while Goreham trailed with three shots but made one attempt on-goal count for the only score of the contest. Jonathan Ricketts (SO/Dayton, Tennessee) and Roenpage also aided in applying pressure with two shots apiece. Horton compiled four saves, bringing his total this season to 13.
"I am proud of our guys for the way we worked," said Bryan Head Coach, Drew Courtney. "Our possession was much improved but we need to continue building our final product. Overall we accomplished our goal on the road while keeping a clean sheet."
A top-25 matchup is scheduled for the Lions on Tuesday, Sept. 12 when No. 23 Dalton State College (Ga.) host Bryan at 7pm.
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