|1||32:42||Claudia Eckstein (Bryan College)|
|1||43:41||Mya Patel (Bryan College)|
|2||52:58||Johanna Rappe (Bryan College)|
|Union (Ky.)||Indv. Leaders||Bryan College|
|None||Goals||3 Players - 1|
|None||Assists||4 Players - 1|
|2 Players (#12,#22) - 1||Shots||#6 Johanna Rappe - 4|
|#1 Courtney Ford - 10||Saves||#00 Morgana Hardt da Silva - 1|
|Union (Ky.)||Team Statistics||Bryan College|
|2 (1)||Shots (on goal)||25 (13)|
Dayton, Tenn. – The Bryan College Lions Women's Soccer team completely controlled Tuesday night's game against Appalachian Athletic Conference opponent Union College (Ky.) on both ends of the pitch as the Lions found the back of the net three times after constant pressure from 25 total shots and 13 on target, while holding the Bulldogs to just two shots and one on goal. The 3-0 clean sheet for Bryan lifted their overall record to 5-3 and conference record to 3-1. The loss kept Union winless this season as they now stand at 0-9-1 overall and 0-4-1 in AAC action.
In the first half, the Lions clawed their way to a 15-2 advantage in shots and nearly snagged an early lead when Paige Klose (SO/Woodstown, N.J.) almost capitalized on a corner kick by Ruth Rosales (SR/El Salto, Mexico) but the shot reflected off the post, keeping the game scoreless. It wasn't until the 32nd-minute mark that Bryan broke the silence, but how the goal was scored made the moment especially unexpected. Claudia Eckstein (JR/Stettfeld, Germany), a junior from Stettfeld, Germany made her first appearance on the pitch this season and less than 10 minutes on the field, she proved to add to the dynamics of the Lion's team as she went unassisted and delivered her first shot from deep, placing the ball out of reach of the Bulldog's goalkeeper for the first goal of the game.
Bryan added onto their lead just before halftime when a combined attack by Mya Patel (FR/Cleveland, Tenn.), Rosales, and Xena Jesurum (SO/Cleveland, Tenn.) put the Lions out in front 2-0. With 1:19 to go, Jesurum dished out her first assist of the season after finding Rosales, who tallied her fourth assist when she connected with Patel who slotted the ball into the back of the net for the second time this year.
The second half was all Bryan as they created 10 looks at the goal while keeping Union with no shots. After Makena Giles (FR/Athens, Tenn.) had back-to-back shots that were stopped by Courtney Ford in the goal for the Bulldogs at the start of the second period, Giles kept the relentless attack going as she received a pass from Mary Mai Berchtold (JR/Wake Forest, N.C.) and this time, swung the ball to Johanna Rappe (FR/Nordhausen, Germany) who easily ripped a shot past Ford for the third and final goal of the match. The score was Rappe's third this season, while Giles now sits at four total assists and Berchtold has produced three total assists.
Ford tallied 10 saves, and the Lion's keeper Morgana Hardt da Silva (SR/Porto Alegre, Brazil) ended with one. Rappe led the team with four shots and three on goal. Five players for Bryan notched three shots apiece: Rosales, Ana Ramirez (JR/Garland, Texas), Giles, Hannah Bohner (SR/Winston-Salem, N.C.), and Patel. Both Eckstein and Klose registered two shots, while Abby Sweatman (SO/Chattanooga, Tenn.) and Jesurum took one shot, respectively.
Bryan currently leads the AAC in goals (24), goals per game (3.00), assists (18), assists per game (2.25), and the least goals allowed per game (1.00).
Up next for the Lions, they will continue conference play as they host Bluefield College (Va.) on Saturday, Sept. 30 with kickoff slated for 4:30pm.
To view the full 2017 women's soccer schedule, click here.