Two early goals burn Rams in 2-1 loss against West Virginia Tech
Rams lose 1-2 to the Golden Bears
September 28, 2011
Bluefield College Athletics
Sports Information Department
Bluefield, Virginia- The men's soccer team was defeated 2-1 by West Virginia University Tech on Wednesday afternoon at the East River Soccer Complex in a non-conference match.
The physical play of West Virginia Tech gave Bluefield trouble in the first half, as the Rams came out of the gates very stagnant.
Bluefield's luck has not drawn up well against the nearby Golden Bears. Bluefield hasn't beaten WV Tech since 2005, while picking up a 1-1 draw just three seasons ago.
West Virginia Tech scored twice in the opening 25 minutes to go up early on the Rams. Tech's top forward, Jonny Day, drew first blood in the 20th minute when he got in behind the BC defense and slotted home the first goal of the match.
Just four minutes later, Bluefield's defense was found too high as a long ball was played over top of the back four. Tech's Day again was able to track down the ball on a foot race and netted a 1st half brace stunning the Bluefield Rams.
Bluefield started the second half with several new faces looking for some new-found energy and physical pressure to match West Virginia Tech. Inevitably, the tactical changes impacted the match. While being outshot 12-6 in the first half, the Rams evened the second half 8-8 in shots, with WV Tech with only one of eight shots being on frame.
On the heels of being put away, Bluefield dug even a deeper hole mid-way through the second half. On a counter-attack by the Golden Bears, Bluefield's Cody Snow came in late from behind and clipped the heel of a WV Tech midfielder who had the ball. Snow's foul earned him a surprising straight red card as Bluefield would have to play a man down for the final 25 minutes.
With the disadvantage, the Rams' urgency set in and may have been the solution to better play. Momentum carried over to Bluefield and finally after consistent pressure in Tech's half, the Rams tallied off a corner clearance. D James Gunn had the first look as his touch was redirected to MF Joey Waltz. Waltz's volley was buried in the right side netting in the 73rd minute, as Bluefield looked for the ensuing equalizer.
Bluefield pressured for the final 15 minutes with a couple good looks including two corner kicks, but were unable to find the second goal resulting in a 1-2 loss to the Golden Bears.
The defeat was a tough one for the Rams and head coach Peter Dryer as the team has to move forward quickly for conference member, Union College, on Saturday afternoon in Bluefield.
"We beat ourselves today. We made some very dissapointing tactical decisions defensively and we were extremely passive up top in our attack", added head coach Peter Dryer. "This match was tail of two-halves; if we play with the urgency we did in the final 25 minutes for the entire match, we would have won without a doubt."
Bluefield's goal by Joey Waltz was his first of the season, while Tech's Day secured his 5th and 6th goals on the year.
"I have to give credit to Tech", as assistant coach Neidig looked back at the match. "While we can make all the excuses we want, they brought intensity which we have lacked over the course of the past several matches. If we want results, we need to start showing up."
The Rams drop to 4-5-1 on the season, and will return to action on Saturday at 4pm when they face the Union College Bulldogs at East River.