TFC’s men’s soccer team earned its first victory of the 2013 season on August 31 with a 2 – 0 defeat of Crown College (TN). The Eagles (1-1) held a distinctive advantage in shots and possession of the ball, but struggled to score until late in the match.
From the opening kick, the Eagles pressured Crown’s defense. It appeared as if an opening goal for TFC was inevitable, but the Eagles’ possession did not translate into the soccer ball crossing the goal line in the first half. At the halftime whistle, TFC held a 16 – 1 advantage in shots, including a strike from Sully Adams that ricocheted off the crossbar. TFC’s keeper Elijah Smith stifled Crown’s lone chance in the opening half by stonewalling a one-on-one break away.
The second half followed the same pattern until captain Josh Gailer earned TFC’s first goal of the season. With less than 10 minutes left in the game, Gailer won possession in the midfield and played the ball wide to Chris Chesnut. Gailer continued his run and Chesnut found his head for a perfect header to the far post. The Eagles would put the game away five minutes later as Stephen Lee doubled the Eagles lead, following an accurate pass from Joseph Faletto. In the end, TFC tallied 30 shots compared to five for Crown, and Smith finished with three saves on the day.
TFC Coach Rob Worsley said of the win, “It was good to see implementation of what we’re trying to do. We need to finish more chances, but I am encouraged we translated possession into shots. We just need to finish more of those shots. Overall, I’m pleased with the team effort and the way the back line is gelling to earn the shutout.”
The Eagles will host North Greenville University at home on September 5 at 7:00. TFC will finish the week on September 7 as they travel to nearby Franklin Springs to face Emmanuel College.