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Sports Recap: 09/09 – 09/15
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Soccer Men:

Less than 24 hours after being defeated by Bob Jones University 5-0 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.

Soccer Women:

The TFC women’s soccer team hosted Bob Jones University on September 12. The Lady Eagles entered the game a 1 – 2 record. TFC attempted a new strategy to defend the talented Lady Bruins from BJU but were narrowly defeated 1 – 0.

TFC played an organized, compact defense while attempting to spring leading scorer Lizz Rice in the counter attack. Coach Warren’s plan worked perfectly through the first 60′ of the game. The Lady Eagles frustrated and congested BJU’s attack while Rice had several moments of pressure on the opposing goal. With less than 20′ remaining in the game, BJU’s Rebecca Luttrell broke the deadlock with the game winning goal. TFC’s counter attack had positive chances in the last few minutes of the game, but was unable to seriously challenge the BJU keeper.

Following the BJU loss, the Lady Eagles traveled to LaGrange College on September 14 for a Saturday clash. TFC fought hard against the NCAA Division III side, but were overcome 2-1 in overtime.

There was minimal action through a scoreless first half in which LaGrange out shot TFC 13-0. Of the 13 shots LaGrange tallied in the first 45′, only four were on target and required a save from keeper Becca Heath. It was not until the 59′ that the Lady Panthers finally found the back of the net with a strike from Andrea Richard. TFC’s Nicole Cooprider answered just 11 minutes later with an equalizing goal to tie the score at 1-1. Senior Lauren Howell earned the assist on Cooprider’s goal. When regulation ended still tied at one goal apiece, LaGrange had increased their advantage in the shot column, 24-2.

The Lady Panthers pressed hard in the first few minutes of overtime and put the Lady Eagles defense further on their heels. In the 93 minute, LaGrange’s Sydney Dorsey collected the ball from teammate Michaela Osborne and buried the shot for the golden goal winner. In the end, Heath collected 11 saves for TFC in the 2-1 loss.

TFC will host Huntingdon College on Wednesday and the at 5:00 PM and will be streamed live. Follow @TFCAthletics on Twitter and Facebook to access the links for the match.

Volleyball:

The TFC volleyball team participated in a tri-match on September 14 in which they squared off with hosts Wesleyan College and Coastal Georgia University. The Lady Eagles dropped both matches on the day and tallied just one set win in the two losses.

The Lady Eagles fell to Wesleyan College (1-7) in the opening match of the tri-match, 1 – 3. TFC won the first game 26-24 but fell in four total games, 9-25, 19-25, 20-25. In the match, outside hitter Kim Crapse led the attack with 11 kills while setter Hadley Harris and Sarah Schaeffer each recorded 10 assists. Defensively, Rachel Morris totaled 18 digs from her libero position. Nikki Eitutis had 10 digs, and Courtney Bechtold added 8.

Coastal Georgia University (9-5) defeated TFC in three sets in the final match for the Lady Eagles. From the onset, the powerful NAIA side established their dominance and buried points at each opportunity. CGU topped the Lady Eagles 9-25, 13-25, and 6-25. Rachel Morris again led the team in digs and tallied 8 digs in the match. Hadley Harris assisted on each of the Lady Eagles five kills.

TFC (2-8) will next host region foe Trinity Baptist College on September 20 at 5:30 PM. The Lady Eagles of TFC defeated the Lady Eagles of Trinity in three sets earlier this season.