Lions Come Back And Nab 2-1 Win From Point Skyhawks
WEST POINT, Ga. – Point University (Ga.) jumped out to an early lead only five minutes into Tuesday night’s men’s soccer game and stayed in front for almost the entire first half, but Bryan College’s Jason Ward connected with Arthur Dombrowski one and a half minutes before the break for a 1-1 halftime score. Jonathan Ricketts completed the comeback victory for the Lions after receiving a pass from Joe Goreham in the 68th-minute and finding the back of the net as the Lions closed out regular-season play with a 13-5 overall record and 8-1 record in Appalachian Athletic Conference action. The 2-1 win extended Bryan’s winning streak to five, which includes upsets of then-No. 5 Georgia Gwinnett College and then-No. 21 Truett McConnell University (Ga.). Point dropped to 8-8-1 overall and 1-7 in conference.
It was a quiet first half in shot attempts as the Lions narrowly edged past the Skyhawks 3-2. Point soared to a quick lead when Juan Gomez found Juan Domingo at 5:16, putting the Skyhawks on top 1-0. Aaron Attree produced two of Bryan’s looks in the first half, but his initial attempt sailed high and the other missed wide. The defensive standoff continued until 39:54 when Gomez created some separation and delivered a shot for Point, which was met by Bryan’s goalkeeper Alex Horton who tallied his first save of the contest. The Lions pieced together a last chance counter in the 43rd-minute and was made successful by Ward’s fourth assist of the season and Dombrowski’s third goal of the season. Dombrowski has now scored in three of Bryan’s last four games.
The Skyhawks awakened the Lions in the second period as Bryan overwhelmed Point in shots 9-3, and all it took was one to seal the game. In the 64th-minute, Ward saw a look that traveled high, in the 65th-minute Goreham copied with another high shot, but in the 68th-minute Ricketts had just the right touch. Goreham, in his second game back following a lengthy hiatus, registered his first assist this season from a picturesque cross that met the head of Ricketts before landing in the back of the net at 68:48. The game-winning goal marked Ricketts’ fifth goal of the year. Two more saves by Horton and a stance made by Bryan’s back line helped silence Point for the final 21 minutes as the Lions secured the 2-1 conference victory.
For the game, Bryan outshot Point 12-5 and had five on goal compared to their four. Ward, Ricketts, Attree, and Goreham each recorded two shots, while Charlie Clarke, Kevin Roenpage, Brad Spooner, and Dombrowski all saw one look, respectively.
The Lions currently rank 7th in the nation with 56 total goals, 1st in assists with 65, and 2nd in assists per game averaging 3.42.
Bryan is receiving votes in the most recent NAIA Coaches’ Top-25 poll, released by the national office Oct. 24, and finishes the season No. 2 in the AAC only behind 25th-ranked Reinhardt University (Ga.) (10-3-2 overall, 8-0-1 AAC).