|Bryan (Tenn.) ( 2-2)||3||2||5|
|Life (Ga.) (2-3)||1||1||2|
|1||06:40||Ana Ramirez (Bryan (Tenn.))|
|1||23:01||Wilma Moberg (Life (Ga.))|
|1||25:49||Makena Giles (Bryan (Tenn.))|
|1||36:10||Johanna Rappe (Bryan (Tenn.))|
|2||47:21||Makena Giles (Bryan (Tenn.))|
|2||50:42||Makena Giles (Bryan (Tenn.))|
|2||73:25||Wilma Moberg (Life (Ga.))|
|Bryan (Tenn.)||Indv. Leaders||Life (Ga.)|
|#12 Makena Giles - 3||Goals||#20 Wilma Moberg - 2|
|#12 Makena Giles - 2||Assists||None|
|#12 Makena Giles - 4||Shots||#20 Wilma Moberg - 4|
|2 Players (#00,#1) - 3||Saves||#0 Julia Bernhardt - 6|
|Bryan (Tenn.)||Team Statistics||Life (Ga.)|
|19 (14)||Shots (on goal)||12 (8)|
Marietta, Ga. – Makena Giles (FR/Athens, Tenn.), a freshman forward from Athens, Tenn., proved an offensive threat for the Bryan College Lions Women's Soccer team after netting her first career goal on Sept. 8 in a 2-0 win versus Oglethorpe University (Ga.). Giles seems to have found her groove after adding three goals, completing the hat trick, and then getting involved on Bryan's two other goals with a pair of assists during Wednesday night's 5-2 stomping of Mid-South Conference school, Life University (Ga.). The win improved the Lion's overall record to 2-2 while moving the Running Eagles to 2-3.
It took less than seven minutes for Bryan to break the silence and claim an early lead when the Lions went on the attack; Giles drew defenders and hit an open Ana Ramirez (JR/Garland, Texas), who sent a strike past Life's goalkeeper for her first career goal. The lead was controlled until the 23rd-minute when the Running Eagles caught a break with a free look at the goal off a penalty kick. Morgana Hardt da Silva (SR/Porto Alegre, Brazil) did all she could, but Life capitalized and leveled the score 1-1.
Before the Running Eagles could sprint away with some momentum, the Lions responded two minutes later as Giles took her turn on the scoring end. Ruth Rosales (SR/El Salto, Mexico) worked the ball down the field and found Giles who made a few defenders miss before planting the ball in the back of the net, putting Bryan on top 2-1.
The last goal of the opening half happened at 36:10 when Giles aided another Lion in their first career goal as Johanna Rappe (FR/Nordhausen, Germany) made the Running Eagles pay, providing Bryan with a comfortable 3-1 edge over Life heading into the break. At the half, the Lions led the shot count 10-6 while also producing higher accuracy with more shots on target.
The Lions ran circles around the Running Eagles to begin the second half, dealing the rest of their damage in the first five minutes of the period. In the 47th-minute, Giles swiped the ball from Life and showcased her speed by maneuvering through the back line and tallying her second goal of the contest, extending Bryan's lead to 4-1.
Only three minutes later, the Running Eagles hadn't learned their lesson as Giles gave Life another dose by notching her third goal of the outing and the Lion's final score of the night.
It wasn't until 73:25 that the Running Eagles scraped away one more goal, but it would come in the form of another penalty kick by the same Life player, Wilma Moberg, who ended the match with a pair of successful penalty kicks as Bryan outlasted Life with a 5-2 final.
The Lions totaled 19 shots and landed 14 on goal, while the Running Eagles had 12 attempts with only eight fall on target. Hardt da Silva started in the net for Bryan and secured a trio of saves before handing over duties to teammate Caragan Treola (FR/Fayetteville, Tenn.) in the second half who took to the pitch for the first time of her career and also corralled three saves. Giles ended with a team-high four looks with all three that were on line finding the back of the net. She went on to notch two assists by connecting with Rappe and Ramirez who ended the game with one goal apiece.
Bryan will look to build on the win as they host St. Andrews University (N.C.) on Saturday, Sept. 16 at 4:30pm, for their Appalachian Athletic Conference opener.
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