Rams get two 2nd half goals to shutout Concord 2-0
The rams go reach the .500 mark once again in 2011 season
Sports Information Department BC
October 25, 2011
Bluefield College Athletics
Sports Information Department
Athens, West Virginia- The Bluefield College men's soccer team used two second-half goals to shutout Concord University 2-0 on Tuesday afternoon in Athens.
The Rams finish their series of games against NCAA Division II schools, going undefeated in 2011, going 2-0-1 and only giving up one goal in three matches.
The huge win comes off the heel of a heartbreaking conference loss to Montreat last Saturday, where the Rams lost 4-3 in double-overtime. With today's win, the Rams move one step closer to qualifying for a Regional berth to the NCCAA Regionals in a few weeks.
In today's match, the Rams struggled early to find possession in their offensive third, as they were outshot in both halves by the Mountain Lions. A huge afternoon for the Rams defensively by the back four and Rams GK Jefferson Watson.
Much of the second half, the Rams pushed numbers forward giving a bit more pressure on Concord and not allowing as much time to possess in their own half. With some space, Bluefield was able to find a few runs in behind and wide in the defensive third of Concord.
A nice heads-up play by Cody Snow created the first goal for the Rams. Off a quick throw-in, the restart was ingnited when Dan Turpin slid in behind Concord's defense catching them off guard. Aa the ball landed in front of Turpin, Concord's keeper came out to force pressure on the Rams midfielder. Turpin lofted the ball over him and into the net from around 20 yards out, giving the Rams a 1-0 lead.
Just up one goal, the intensity picked up for both teams as Concord looked to equalize. As well as the Rams defended as a unit, they still looked to attack and find another goal to put the game away. The goal would come with ten minutes left in regulation. Mader slammed home a ball off a one-timer from a mis-calculated ball and put the Rams up two goals, as Concord couldn't catch back up with the little time remaining.
Mader recorded his 11th goal of the season, while Turpin moves to 14 total overall points (3 goals, 8 assists) on the season. Watson picked up his 4th shutout on the season as well.
The Rams will return to action on Saturday as they close out the regular season on the road when they face Bryan College in Dayton, Tennessee at 7pm.