|1||22:24||Aaron Attree (Bryan College)|
|1||44:01||Charlie Clarke (Bryan College)|
|2||63:49||Charlie Clarke (Bryan College)|
|2||77:25||Joao Delgado (Bluefield (Va.))|
|Bluefield (Va.)||Indv. Leaders||Bryan College|
|#20 Joao Delgado - 1||Goals||#7 Charlie Clarke - 2|
|#2 Joe Stacey - 1||Assists||#11 Jonathan Ricketts - 2|
|#20 Joao Delgado - 8||Shots||3 Players - 3|
|#1 Sven Kleinhans - 5||Saves||#1 Alex Horton - 11|
|Bluefield (Va.)||Team Statistics||Bryan College|
|21 (12)||Shots (on goal)||13 (8)|
Dayton, Tenn. – With only a few teams battling for top positioning in the Appalachian Athletic Conference Men's Soccer standings, the Bryan College Lions made a move Saturday afternoon when they faced off with a Bluefield College Rams (Va.) squad that entered the contest with a scorching 11-1 overall record and 6-1 conference record. Bluefield was using momentum from their upset of No. 8 Georgia Gwinnett College last weekend as the cruised past conference foe Milligan College (Tenn.) 6-1 earlier in the week, but too bad for the Rams that the Lions helped hand them just their second loss of the year as Aaron Attree (FR/Norwich, England) and Charlie Clarke (JR/Norwich, England) both found the back of the net for Bryan in the opening half before Clarke notched his second goal of the day in the 77th-minute, sealing a 3-1 victory.
The Lions improve to 7-4 overall and 3-1 in AAC action, swiping the No. 2 spot in the conference only behind Reinhardt University (Ga.). The Eagles are currently 5-3-1 overall and a perfect 4-0 in conference play. Bryan and Union College (Ky.) share a 3-1 record in conference, but the Lions shutout the Bulldogs on Tuesday 3-0.
Bluefield ended Saturday's outing with a 21-13 edge in total shots over Bryan, but the Lions forced the Rams to take poor attempts, reflected in their 12 that fell on target. For those that were shots on goal, Bryan's keeper Alex Horton (JR/Nuneaton, England) turned in an impressive performance as he secured a handful of remarkable saves, ending with 11 stops. Horton's 37 total saves this year currently ranks him No. 3 in the AAC. The Lions were efficient as they had eight on target. Clarke led the team with all three looks falling on goal with two reaching the back of the net. Attree made his lone shot count, registering Bryan's other goal. Brad Spooner (SO/Norwich, England) helped apply pressure on the attack as he unleashed three strikes with two on goal. Despite Spooner not scoring, he aided with one assist. Jonathan Ricketts (SO/Dayton, Tennessee) led all players with a pair of assists. The Lion's other assist in the game went to Jason Ward (JR/Norwich, England).
For just the second time this season, Attree came through with a goal when Ricketts swiped the ball from Bluefield, traveled up the field and into the box while making several defenders miss, before hitting Attree for the first goal of the match. It took Bryan 22 minutes to break the silence the first time and another 22 minutes on the second occasion when Spooner collected his fifth assist off a perfectly placed corner kick met by Clarke who tallied the successful header for his ninth goal this year. The goal in the 44th-minute extended Bryan's advantage to 2-0 at halftime.
18 minutes into the start of the second period, Clarke put on show on the opposite end of his previous score as Ward and Ricketts drew off Rams before finding Clarke for his team-leading 10th goal this year and the Lion's last goal of the game. His 10 scores are second best in conference.
Bluefield managed to escape the blanking with a goal at 77:25 when Joe Stacey passed to Joao Delgado who slotted the ball into the net, giving way to a 3-1 final.
Tennessee Wesleyan University hosts Bryan on Tuesday, Oct. 3 at 3:30pm. The Lions will have an opportunity for another significant conference win with the Bulldogs currently in the mix and receiving votes in the NAIA top-25 poll.
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