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Sports Update: 09/30 – 10/05
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Soccer Men:

The TFC Eagles traveled to nearby Cleveland, Georgia, on October 5 to face the NAIA Truett-McConnell Bears. The Eagles most recently fell to Tennessee Temple University to slip to 4-6 on the year entering into Saturday’s match. The TMC Bears drew Bob Jones University, 1-1, earlier this week and stood 5-4-1 prior to Saturday. In Saturday’s game, the Eagles fell behind immediately after the opening whistle and would be defeated 3-0 at the hands of the Bears.

Less than two minutes after the opening whistle, TMC’s Gavin Duff bounced on an errant back pass intended for the Eagles’ keeper and finished the mistake to give the home side an immediate 1-0 lead. The Eagles would settle into the game shortly after the goal but could not seriously challenge the TMC net. Cody Brown doubled the Truett’s lead 23 minutes from the half as he was the benefactor of a nice combination play and a scramble in the box. The first period ended with the Eagles behind 2-0 despite earning 6 shots compared to Truett’s 13 shots in the first half. TFC held the edge in corners taken in the period, 5-4.

Following the intermission, Truett re-established their dominance and finished off the Eagles with their third goal 12 minutes from the final whistle. In the second half, the Bears out shot the Eagles 10-1 to seal the 3-0 win. TFC keeper Elijah Smith saved 7 of the 23 Truett attempts.

The Eagles (4-7) will look to snap their two game losing streak at Piedmont College on Tuesday, October 8. The local derby is scheduled for a 7:30 PM kickoff. TFC will welcome region rival Clearwater Christian College to Toccoa on Friday, October 11 as part of TFC’s Homecoming weekend. The Homecoming match is set for 7:00 PM, but will follow the women’s match against Johnson University at 5:00.

Soccer Women:

The TFC Lady Eagles hosted the top ranked Clearwater Christian College on Friday night in an intense match that saw TFC’s upset bid fall short, 4-1.

TFC fell behind 1-0 less than 5 minutes into the game, but TFC”s Lizz Rice fired the equalizer from a quick counter attack started by Rachel Berry. Clearwater would add goals in the 13th and 28th minutes to take a 3-1 lead going into the half.

The Lady Cougars would score their fourth and final goal in the 70th minute mark. All-American forward Tori Hale scored a hat-trick for the visiting Lady Cougars.

Toccoa Falls will travel to Wesleyan College on Tuesday. The Lady Eagles will host Johnson University at 5:00 on October 11 as part of TFC’s homecoming weekend.

Volleyball:

The Toccoa Falls College volleyball asserted themselves as a challenger in the NCCAA south region over the weekend by sweeping region foes Johnson University of Florida and Trinity Baptist College at a tri-matched hosted by Trinity College. With the wins, TFC improves to 5-2 on the year when facing NCCAA Division II south opponents.

TFC rallied to defeat Johnson University of Florida (formerly Florida Christian College) in five sets after dropping the opening set 18-25. TFC would even the match at one game apiece by taking the second set 25-19 but would face defeat after dropping the third set 22-25. The Lady Eagles dominated the fourth set 25-12 to force a deciding fifth game. TFC carried the momentum into the final set and took the fifth set 15-8 to win the match 3-2.

In the win, TFC accumulated 17 service aces, 79 digs, 48 kills, and 43 assists. Sarah Schaeffer led the team with four services and 23 assists. Schaeffer also tallied 8 kills with zero errors. Rachel Morris and Courtney Bechtold led the defensive effort with 24 and 23 digs, respectively. Bechtold was also a major influence on the attack as she led the team with 10 kills from her outside hitter position. Britney Eitutis contributed 9 kills, and Kim Crapse added 8 kills. Setter Hadley Harris tallied 15 assists in her own right.

TFC earned their second win of the day in much easier fashion as TFC topped hosts Trinity Baptist College in three sets; 25-23, 25-23, and 25-16.

In the win over the Lady Eagles from Trinity Baptist, the TFC Lady Eagles were led on offense from 6 service aces by both Britney Eitutis and Courtney Bechtold. As a team, TFC totaled 20 aces against Trinity. Bechtold again led the team in kills. Bechtold totaled 10 kills in the Trinity win to match her total from the Johnson (FL) match. Additionally, Bechtold had 7 digs on the defensive end, but finished second on the team to Rachel Morris’ 8 digs. Sarah Schaeffer had a team high 20 assists in the win.

TFC will host Catawba Valley on Tuesday at 5:30 PM. The Lady Eagles’ homecoming match will be played at 2:30 PM on Saturday against region opponent Piedmont International University.

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