Less than 24 hours after being defeated by Bob Jones University at home, the TFC men’s soccer team looked to rebound as they traveled to North Carolina to face Warren Wilson College in a Friday afternoon showdown. The Eagles pressured the Owls from the opening whistle and used an explosive offense to score a season high four goals in the 4-1 victory over WWC.
TFC forward Stephen Lee scored his team-leading third goal of the season 13 minutes into the Warren Wilson match. Lee hustled to a loose ball near the end line, collected possession, and beat the WWC goal keeper near post to give the Eagles an early 1-0 lead. The Owls would equalize halfway through the first period when a redirecting header from a deep throw-in beat TFC’s keeper Elijah Smith. With a 1-1 scoreline at the half, the Eagles set to press the Owls and capitalize on their chances in the second half.
In the opening minutes of the new period, the Eagles had ample opportunities on goal, including a strike from Mike Howell that was denied by the crossbar. It was not until the 66′ that the Eagles would find the second goal for which they had been searching. Captain Josh Gailer gave the visiting side a 2-1 lead, and Mike Howell’s hustle and strong work ethic was finally rewarded in the 83′ minute as he extended TFC’s lead to 3-1. With the final clock ticking inside three minutes remaining, winger Mike Bailey received the ball outside the 18 yard box, beat his defender to the end line, and slotted the ball back across the face of the Owls goal. With his back to the field and an attacker pressing hard, an Owl defender accidentally placed the ball into the back of his own net for the final 4-1 TFC advantage.
“In last night’s loss to Bob Jones, we had several good looks at goal but were unable to put one away,” said head coach Rob Worsley. “In today’s match, we really focused on finishing our chances against a good defense. Thankfully, we were able to put some balls in the back of the net and earn a nice win on the road.”
TFC improves to 2-4 on the season with the win, while the Owls slip to 1-5. The Eagles will host Huntingdon College on Wednesday and the Eagles of Trinity Baptist on Friday. Both matches will begin at 7:00 PM and will be streamed live. Follow @TFCAthletics on Twitter and Facebook to access the links for each match.