Brenau Cracks Under Bryan’s Relentless Pressure to give Lions women the win
October 7, 2017
Dayton, TN –– Another Appalachian Athletic Conference victory was awarded to the Bryan College Women’s Soccer team Saturday evening when they hosted Brenau University (Ga.) and overwhelmed the Golden Tigers through an entire 90 minutes of play. Despite outshooting Brenau a staggering 14-1, Bryan was unable to find the back of the net. That wouldn’t matter though, because the pressure dealt by the Lions would prove too much for the Golden Tigers, forcing them to make a costly error that would decide the game. Midway through the second half, Bryan pounded the ball on an attack just as they had all game, but as a Brenau defender desperately attempted to clear the ball directly in front of the goal, the plan backfired as she sent the ball sailing past their own goalkeeper and into the net for an own goal. The one score would be all the Lions needed to lock in place a win, as they closed out the remaining time playing keep-away in search of an insurance goal. The clean sheet is Bryan’s sixth shutout of the season, improving to 7-4 overall and 5-2 in conference play. Brenau continues to struggle as they drop their overall record to 1-9-2 and AAC record to 1-5-1.
Bryan was consistent on offense, seeing seven looks at Brenau’s goal in each period. Golden Tigers’ keeper, Ashley Spring, shined for Brenau as she stood tall in the goal while collecting four impressive saves in the opening half. Spring kept her focus until the buzzer sounded for halftime, because the Lions’ Sara Farlett caught the rest of the Golden Tigers off guard when she settled a long kick from Bryan’s keeper, Morgana Hardt da Silva, and nearly put the Lions on the scoreboard in the final seconds with a sliding strike. There was spring in Spring’s step as she jumped up for the save, keeping the score 0-0 at the break.
The duo of Claudia Eckstein and Makena Giles produced looks on target for Bryan in the first ten minutes of play in the second half, but Spring prevented a score. As the Lions controlled possession for the vast majority of the game, Brenau almost caught a break on their one shot of the contest. At the 75-minute mark, Golden Tigers’ Mackenzie Callas was on the right side of the field and got the ball off a large cross. Hardt da Silva was out of position, but impact defender Polly Holt slid in and ended the hopes of Brenau as she rejected the shot by sending it back up field. One minute and 25 seconds later was one the own goal that helped seal the game for Bryan as the Lions would prevent the Golden Tigers from seeing another look for the duration of the match.
Of Bryan’s 14 shots, eight fell on target, giving way to eight saves for Spring. Johanna Rappe led all players in shots with three, while Giles and Farlett both tallied two. Others of Bryan to connect for a shot were Yarahi Hernandez, Ruth Rosales, Ana Ramirez, Paige Klose, Mya Patel, Anna Sanders, and Eckstein.