|Bryan (Tenn.) ( 4-3)||1||2||0||0||3|
|Dalton State (Ga.) (5-1)||2||1||0||1||4|
|1||09:06||Charlie Clarke (Bryan (Tenn.))|
|1||05:30||Isael Guiterrez (Dalton State (Ga.))|
|1||26:35||Kevin Villatoro (Dalton State (Ga.))|
|2||57:33||Daniel Valenciano (Dalton State (Ga.))|
|2||83:43||Brad Spooner (Bryan (Tenn.))|
|2||89:43||Brad Spooner (Bryan (Tenn.))|
|2OT||108:56||Santiago Moore (Dalton State (Ga.))|
|Bryan (Tenn.)||Indv. Leaders||Dalton State (Ga.)|
|#17 Brad Spooner - 2||Goals||4 Players - 1|
|#13 Aaron Attree - 1||Assists||#10 Santiago Moore - 2|
|#7 Charlie Clarke - 5||Shots||#88 Daniel Valenciano - 6|
|#1 Alex Horton - 8||Saves||#1 Samuel Fraire - 8|
|Bryan (Tenn.)||Team Statistics||Dalton State (Ga.)|
|14 (11)||Shots (on goal)||18 (12)|
(At the time of publication, stats were not available)
Dalton, Ga. – The score was 3-1 and the 19th-ranked Dalton State Roadrunners controlled the lead with only seven minutes remaining in Tuesday night's rainy matchup with 17th-ranked Bryan College Lions Men's Soccer team. With the help of sophomore midfielder and current lead goal scorer for Bryan, Brad Spooner (SO/Norwich, England), the Lions kept their hopes alive with a strike in the 84th-minute to close the gap to one. Only 32 seconds were left on the clock and Bryan went on the attack. The senior defender from Dayton, Tenn., Stephen Ricketts (SR/Dayton, Tennessee), threatened Dalton State at the top of the box, and in a desperate attempt to stop Ricketts, the Roadrunners made a costly error with a handball. The penalty kick was taken by Spooner, who surveyed the goal, made his approach, and slotted the equalizer past Dalton State's goalkeeper, bringing the score to 3-3 and forcing a first overtime period. It was a back-and-forth battle in the first overtime until a red card allowed only 10 Roadrunners to compete for the remainder of the contest. After a scoreless first overtime, Bryan applied pressure with total control of possession as the second overtime period got underway. Numerous opportunities opened up for the Lions but were unable to capitalize. With one minute left, Dalton State managed to counter and get the ball across the halfway line. A Roadrunner created space and made a pair of Lion defenders miss as the ball found the back of the net for the golden goal and the upset. Despite Bryan showering Dalton State's keeper with many shots, the Roadrunners made the most of their lone look, improving to 5-1 overall while the Lions moved to 4-3.
Six minutes following kickoff, Dalton State jumped on the board first when a corner kick traveled in front of the Bryan net. Unable to clear the ball, a Roadrunner was able to take advantage and put the ball past Lion's keeper, Alex Horton (JR/Nuneaton, England), to jump ahead 1-0. Another six minutes passed and Bryan took their turn as Aaron Attree (FR/Norwich, England) tallied his third assist of the season after hitting a cutting Charlie Clarke (JR/Norwich, England), evening the count 1-1. The score was Clarke's fourth on the year. Before the break, Horton attempted to kick the ball out of the goal but a Roadrunner blocked it with their body, corralled the ball, and sent a shot into the empty net for a 2-1 lead.
Samuel Fraire stood between the posts for Dalton State and compiled several stops from early attacks by Bryan to start the second half. The Roadrunners extended their lead to 3-1 in the 58th-minute with a shot from the middle of the box. The multi-goal deficit would hold through nearly 25 minutes of playing time until Spooner went unassisted and answered for the Lions with a goal, making the score 3-2. Bryan did all they could as the final minute expired, and Ricketts set up the Lions for the tying goal, forcing a handball by Dalton State. Spooner stepped up to the plate and delivered on the penalty kick, helping Bryan come back after down two goals with only six minutes left in the game.
Based on stats and possession in the overtime periods, the win would have gone to the Lions, but the Roadrunners prevailed down one man and nabbed the victory with just over one minute on the clock, sealing the game 4-3.
Four of Bryan's seven opponents seen this season have been ranked in the top-25, with one that was top-15 and another top-10, but the Lions get a change of pace at home on Saturday, Sept. 16, as they host fellow Appalachian Athletic Conference foe St. Andrews University (N.C.) to open up conference play. Kickoff is slated for 2pm.
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