|2||56:30||Dino Jones (Bryan College)|
|2||78:15||Jonathan Ricketts (Bryan College)|
|2||82:00||Aaron Whitten (Reinhardt (Ga.))|
|2OT||104:53||Gus Fidler (Reinhardt (Ga.))|
|2||87:20||Gus Fidler (Reinhardt (Ga.))|
|Reinhardt (Ga.)||Indv. Leaders||Bryan College|
|#22 Gus Fidler - 2||Goals||2 Players (#6,#11) - 1|
|4 Players - 1||Assists||2 Players (#10,#17) - 1|
|#9 Connor Heydon - 4||Shots||#7 Charlie Clarke - 7|
|#1 Torge Wiedenroth - 9||Saves||#1 Alex Horton - 4|
|Reinhardt (Ga.)||Team Statistics||Bryan College|
|14 (7)||Shots (on goal)||21 (11)|
Dayton, Tenn. – The Bryan College Men's Soccer team outshot fellow Appalachian Athletic Conference opponent Reinhardt University (Ga.) 21-14 in their matchup Tuesday night, including an 11-7 edge with shots on goal, and led 2-0 with eight minutes remaining in the contest. The 23rd-ranked Lions had the upper hand and needed to keep the Eagles from the goal just as they had all night long, but a score at the 82-minute mark gave new life to Reinhardt. The momentum continued to build until Bryan surrendered the tying goal to the Eagles at 87:20, giving way to even 2-2 score as the second half came to a close, forcing the first overtime period. As overtime got underway, all Bryan could do was defend as the table turned and Reinhardt pounded their way to five shots, not allowing a single look to the Lions. Bryan's goalkeeper, Alex Horton, secured a pair of saves to help send both sides into a double overtime. The Lions clawed their way to attack mode in overtime number two, setting up two corner kicks but were unable to capitalize. The Eagles took control of possession and quickly forced the ball up the field. After a Reinhardt player made two Lions miss, he pushed the ball into the box. A series of quick passes caught Bryan off guard, allowing Kevin Sosa to find Gus Fidler who delivered a strike into the bottom left corner of the goal for the golden goal double overtime 3-2 victory. The loss brought down the Lion's overall record to 5-4 and AAC record to 1-1, while the Eagles improved to 3-3-1 overall and 2-0 in conference action.
The opening half of the AAC showdown was all Bryan as the Lions controlled the overwhelming majority of the possession, led in shots 7-3, and nearly scored one minute into the game when Brad Spooner sailed a shot just over the crossbar. Charlie Clarke nearly put the Lions on the board in the first period when one shot point-blank bounced off the crossbar and another was a one-on-one situation with the Eagles' goalkeeper, Torge Wiedenroth, who secured a stunning kick-save. Despite the overwhelming pressure that Bryan applied, Reinhardt managed to prevent the Lions from scoring as halftime approached.
Even though the entire second half didn't go Bryan's way, most of the period did as Spooner and Kevin Roenpage helped Dino Jones break the silence with the first goal of the game at 56:30. Spooner put the ball at Roenpage's feet, and he did what he does best, which is help put teammates in scoring position and collect the assist. Roenpage dished out his 5th assist on the season as Jones slotted a shot past the outstretched hands of Wiedenroth for his second goal of the year. The Lions thought that one goal might be all that was needed, but Jonathan Ricketts went ahead and tacked on an insurance score at 78:15 as he went unassisted for his second goal this season.
Following a corner kick by the Lions with less than 10 minutes left on the clock, the Eagles transitioned to offense and soared down the pitch where a foul by Bryan allowed Reinhardt a free kick. The ball was played into the front of the box where Aaron Whitten scooped up possession and buried it into the back of the net, cutting the margin to one as the Lions led 2-1. The Lions tried to balance running down the clock as well as making a threat for another goal, but the Eagles caught a break on a last minute effort. Whitten had a hand in the play once again after receiving a pass from Connor Heydon and finding Gus Fidler, who leveled the score 2-2 after scoring at 87:20.
Reinhardt kept Bryan on their heels by locking down with five shots and limiting the Lions to none, but a pair of saves from Horton and block by Spooner helped keep the home team alive for a second overtime period. Bryan started to find a groove with an attack in double overtime, giving way to two corner kicks, but Reinhardt ended the Lion's move and answered back. The Eagles traveled the full length of the field before Sosa gave the ball to Fidler, who provided the clutch equalizing goal in the last moments of the second half. Fidler didn't disappoint for Reinhardt as he netted his second goal of the game in golden goal style to give the Eagles the 3-2 win.
Wiedenroth had an outstanding performance with nine saves, while Horton secured four stops. Clarke led Bryan in shots with seven and four on goal. Both Spooner and Ricketts tallied three shots apiece with Roenpage, Aaron Attree, and Keith Lyons all compiling two shots, respectively. Jones and Jason Ward wrapped up the shot attempts with one apiece. Goals went to Jones and Ricketts, and assists were awarded to Roenpage and Spooner.
Bryan gets a week break before hosting another conference school, Union College (Ky.), on Tuesday, Sept. 26 at 7pm.
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