Bryan Forces # 5 William Carey Into Overtime with Two Goals In Final Minute of Regulation Before Falling 3-2
DAYTON, Tenn. – As the Bryan College men’s soccer team and the visiting 5th-ranked team in the country, William Carey University (Miss.), neared the final minute of regulation on Saturday evening, it looked like the match was nothing but sealed with the Crusaders owning a 2-0 lead over the Lions. Little did William Carey know that the contest was far from over when Bryan’s Brad Spooner capitalized on a penalty kick with 43 seconds remaining. The Crusaders played the ball in after the goal, needing to bleed the clock just as they had sneakily done for the latter part of the second half. When William Carey played the ball back, believing they had already captured the win, the Lion’s Jonathan Ricketts made the Crusaders pay for their relaxed effort. He met the ball high with one of his popular headers, in a near perfect lead pass to a streaking Dino Jones, Bryan’s leader at center back. The combination of Ricketts and Jones sent the entire crowd into an uproar, as Jones buried the shot into the back of the net, completing the equalizer in just a mere 18 seconds after their first goal of the game!
Forcing overtime was ideal for the Lions, since the momentum was in their favor and the energized Bryan squad was more than ready for the upset. William Carey managed to gain and control possession early, which proved key to the final outcome. A push by the Crusaders gave way to a packed box with several William Carey players desperately looking for the golden goal. While Bryan kept them without a look, the Crusaders received the call that would allow them to catch a major break. Just as Bryan had happen in their season-opening game exactly one week ago, the opposing team would have the win handed to them via overtime goal in the form of a penalty kick. At 92:06, William Carey’s Michael Conejero saved the Crusaders from the comeback presented by the Lions with a PK in the lower left corner of the goal, earning them the 3-2 win.
William Carey’s first two goals were split with one coming in the first half and the other occurring midway through the second frame. The Crusaders broke the silence at 39:40 when a free kick awarded to them just outside the box resulted in a notable strike past the outstretch hands of Horton in the top right corner of the goal. Before Bryan’s valiant effort in the final minute, the only other goal was at 65:34 when the Crusaders built a two-goal cushion for the 2-0 advantage.
The victory for the Southern States Athletic Conference visitor kept their overall record perfect, as William Carey improved to 4-0. Bryan stands at 0-2 with a pair of overtime losses, but the Lions will be on the attack Tuesday, Sept. 4 in their first road match of the year at Bob Jones University (S.C.) with a 6pm start time.
In total, Bryan outshot William Carey 11-8 and had six fall on target compared to their five that were on goal. Ricketts led the Lions with a trio of shots and one on goal, followed by the duo of Spooner and Lucas Mattos who each registered two shots apiece. Jones, Jason Ward, Charlie Clarke, and Aaron Attree tallied one shot, respectively. Alex Horton secured two saves during his 92 minutes guarding the goal for Bryan.
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