Athens, Tenn. – The Tennessee Wesleyan University Bulldogs sent a strike into the back of the net in the last six minutes of play Wednesday evening to steal a 2-1 decision over the Bryan College Women's Soccer team in their Appalachian Athletic Conference meeting.
The Bulldogs were the first to get on the scoreboard in the opening period when Emiley Saddler drove in a shot that gave Tennessee Wesleyan a 1-0 lead. Despite taking nearly half an hour for the Bulldogs to break the silence, their lead wouldn't last long as Bryan's Yarahi Hernandez (JR/Garland, Texas) went unassisted and responded on the opposite side of the pitch only 15 seconds after Tennessee Wesleyan's goal and delivered the equalizer, leveling the score 1-1. When halftime came, the deadlock continued with the Bulldogs holding a slight edge in shot count 7-4.
As the latter period unfolded, Tennessee Wesleyan would pace themselves to an additional six looks while holding Bryan to three. Unfortunately for the Lions, they would not be able to capitalize. Even though the Bulldogs were able to control possession, they struggled as they faced a Lions' defense that currently leads the conference in averaging least amount of goals allowed per game (0.89) and ranks second in total shutouts (5). It wasn't until 84:33 that Tennessee Wesleyan caught a break when they corralled a missed shot that rebounded off the post and took advantage of the second-chance opportunity. The goal lifted the Bulldogs to a 2-1 victory, improving their overall record to 5-3-1 and conference record to 4-1-1. Even with the loss, the Lions move to a respectable 4-2 in AAC play and 6-4 overall mark, which is the third best among fellow conference schools.
Of Bryan's seven total shots, both Hernandez and Ana Ramirez (JR/Garland, Texas) accounted for more than half as each tallied two apiece. Hernandez' one shot on target fell in for her first career goal as a Lion. Ruth Rosales (SR/El Salto, Mexico), Paige Klose (SO/Woodstown, N.J.), and Mya Patel (FR/Cleveland, Tenn.) ended with one shot, respectively. Morgana Hardt da Silva (SR/Porto Alegre, Brazil) closed out the contest with five saves as she stood in the goal for Bryan.
The Lions are back home this weekend as they host Brenau University (Ga.) during Bryan's annual homecoming festivities. Kickoff on Saturday, Oct. 7 is slated for 4:30pm.
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