|1||29:03||Makena Giles (Bryan College)|
|2||47:20||Ruth Rosales (Bryan College)|
|2||57:24||Makena Giles (Bryan College)|
|Reinhardt (Ga.)||Indv. Leaders||Bryan College|
|None||Goals||#12 Makena Giles - 2|
|2 Players (#17,#23) - 2||Shots||#12 Makena Giles - 4|
|#1 Nina Haeberlin - 5||Saves||#00 Morgana Hardt da Silva - 1|
|Reinhardt (Ga.)||Team Statistics||Bryan College|
|6 (1)||Shots (on goal)||12 (10)|
Dayton, Tenn. – When the Appalachian Athletic Conference Women's Soccer Preseason Poll was released mid-August, the Reinhardt University Eagles were projected to win the 2017 AAC championship, while the Bryan College Lions were voted in at No. 5. On Tuesday night, after weather delays and wet conditions, the Lions proved that they might be the team to watch out for this season as they shutout the Eagles at home 3-0, extending their win-streak to four games and improving to 2-0 in conference play. The overall mark of 4-2 by Bryan is currently the best record in the AAC. Reinhardt's 1-5 overall record places the Eagles towards the bottom of the list but still above Brenau University (Ga.), Union College (Ky.), Columbia College (S.C.), and St. Andrews University (N.C.) who all remain without a win.
Following last week's two hat tricks and garnering both AAC and Tennessee Sports Writers Association Player of the Week honors, freshman forward Makena Giles (FR/Athens, Tenn.) continued to add to her monumental season with another multi-goal performance, finding the back of the net in the first period and once again in the second half. Her nine goals and 1.5 goals per game average this season rank her in the top-20 in the country in the respective categories as well as make her the scoring leader in the conference. Between Giles' goals was a dazzling score by Ruth Rosales (SR/El Salto, Mexico) in the 47th-minute to help kickoff the closing half. Reigning AAC Defensive Player of the Week, Polly Holt (SR/Knoxville, Tenn.), helped the Lion's defense silence another opponent as Bryan held Reinhardt to only six shots in the game with just one falling on target, while the home team broke free for 12 total looks and a notable 10 attempts on goal.
Giles nearly put the Lions on the board in the first three and a half minutes of the contest when she created space and sent a shot at the goal, but Eagles' defender Gemma Hall was able to make contact and deflect the strike. Both sides took turns countering, but the next shot wouldn't occur until the 24th-minute when Reinhardt took a chance. Bryan goalkeeper Morgana Hardt da Silva (SR/Porto Alegre, Brazil) used great positioning to secure her one and only save of the night, preventing the Eagles from soaring away with a goal. In the 28th-minute, Ana Ramirez (JR/Garland, Texas) applied pressure with two shots but Reinhardt's keeper Nina Haeberlin tallied a pair of stops. Fortunately for the Lions, Giles stayed in the box during the attack, battled for control, and registered the first goal of the game. Giles and Ramirez would each have one more shot in the final minutes of the opening frame, but neither could capitalize as Bryan owned a 1-0 advantage at halftime.
The Lions used no hesitation in going on the attack as the second half got underway, and at 47:16 the Eagles were forced to clear the ball, allowing Bryan one of their four corner kicks taken in the match. Rosales set up for the corner, but instead of using any help, she went ahead and bent the ball towards the back side. The ball sailed through the air and over the heads of the players, connecting with the far post and bouncing into the net, providing the Lions with a 2-0 lead over Reinhardt.
10 minutes went by before Bryan scored the final goal of the game. Johanna Rappe (FR/Nordhausen, Germany) was passed to in the box, and Haeberlin managed a phenomenal save when Rappe positioned a shot. After Giles' first goal, the Eagles hadn't learned as she settled the rebound and slotted the ball back into the wide-open goal, completing her second score of the night at 57:24. Bryan kept Reinhardt without a goal for the rest of the half, completing the clean sheet with a 3-0 victory.
Giles led the team in shots with four, three on goal, and two that traveled into the net. Ramirez followed with three shots that were all on target but was unable to collect a score. Rosales ended with one goal while Rappe, Abby Sweatman (SO/Chattanooga, Tenn.), and Paige Klose (SO/Woodstown, N.J.) produced one shot apiece.
On Saturday, Sept. 23 the Lions continue AAC play as they travel to Columbia College in Columbia, S.C. for a meeting with the Koalas at 2pm.
To view the full 2017 women's soccer schedule, click here.