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GW-goal enough for men's soccer in two-game road trip

The men's soccer team traveled to Georgia this past weekend going .500 with a win and a loss

Sports Information Department BC

September 26, 2011

Bluefield College Athletics

Sports Information Department

Bluefield, Virginia

 

Toccoa Falls & Waleska, Georgia- The men's soccer team split a two-game road trip this past weekend with a 1-0 win over Toccoa Falls College and a 1-4 loss against Reinhardt University. 

 

The Rams had to play two matches within an 18-hour period with a conference opponent being the second match of the quick weekend. 

 

On Friday night, Bluefield met up with Toccoa Falls College for a beautiful setting under the lights in Toccoa Falls. TFC brought out close to 500 fans for the match to give BC's opponent a slight advantage. 

 

Bluefield got on the scoresheet early with 6th minute goal by Freshman Aaron Georgiadas assisted by Pedro Frazillio. It was Aaron's third goal of the season, and Frazillio's fourth assist in 2011. 

 

Bluefield pounded TFC's goal with 15 shots, six of them on frame. The first half was dominated by Bluefield, but the Rams were unable to double up on the score. Bluefield's GK Justin Cook was on his game on Friday night, making an unbelievable save in the 18th minute.

 

A scrappy play by Toccoa got a TFC forward a look from 20 yards out. A shot looking to find its way into the back of the net, Cook made a diving power save to his left to tip the ball wide. 

 

With Bluefield trying to conserve energy for Saturday's match, the Rams made several substitutes half-way through the second half even while Toccoa was increasing momentum. 

 

Again, GK Justin Cook kept Bluefield in the lead early in the second half with a 49th-minute save at point blank range. TFC had the 1v1 with Cook, but Cook was able to push the ball wide on the save. 

 

The 1-0 victory was Bluefield's fourth shutout of the season. 

Starting 11 for Reinhardt match

 

The Rams picked up from Toccoa Falls and traveled to Waleska, Georgia to face the AAC's top-ranked team, Reinhardt University, who was undefeated entering Saturday's contest. 

 

Both teams took some time to get into the flow of the game, but RU would be first to tally. Freshman Jansen Berry put the Eagles on top in the 19th minute with a goal on an assist from John Connolly.

 

Just nine minutes later, Bluefield tied the match, 1-1. A beautiful angled through pass from Dan Turpin would find the feet of MF Jacob Mader. Mader's quick bomb equalized the game as it would stay even at halftime. Mader's goal was his 7th of the season. 

 

With the game closely intact, Reinhardt's Tom Wilson found the net just 48 seconds into the second half (45:48). The Eagles added goals from Connolly, assisted by freshman Sam Barnsley, at 70:39 and Robert Roddie at 85:20, as the Eagles pulled away with the 4-1 victory in Waleska. 

 

"Reinhardt outplayed us, its the bottomline", said head coach Peter Dryer. "We competed well for the first 45 minutes, but we tapered off in the second half especially after the quick second goal. Obviously, we exherted too much energy in Friday's match to keep us competitive in a conference matchup. We'll change that moving forward." 

 

Bluefield will be back in action on Wednesday when they host Mid-South Conference member, West Virginia Tech, at the East River Soccer Complex. The Rams currently sit at 4-4-1 on the season and have already reached last year's win total at the half-way point. 

 

For more information on BC Athletics, visit us online at www.bcrams.com

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