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TFC Sports: 10/06 – 10/13
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JoshGailer503

Cross Country:

The men’s and women’s cross country programs hosted the Eagle Invitational as part of TFC’s Homecoming activities on Saturday, October 12. Joining TFC in the event were Southern Wesleyan University, Bob Jones University, Warren Wilson College, and Johnson University (TN).The TFC women runners finished its five kilometer race in a total time of 1:56:16 to finish in third place. The TFC men came in fifth place and their 8k race in a total time of 2:58:54.

Clessie Kendrick led the Lady Eagles with a finishing time of 21:23 and finished in fifth place behind Abby Stanley (BJU), Sierra Zemahick (SWU), Meg Phillipo (BJU), and Rebecca Watson (SWU). Jodi Braselton (22:43) finished in 11th place and Alisha Carlson (23:29) crossed in 16th position, just ahead of teammate Christine Wells (23:36). Braselton’s time reflected nearly a four minute improvement from her 2012 time on the same course. Rebekah Stillwell (26:05), Sarah Lockwood (26:29), and Crystal Hankin (26:48) finished in 26th, 27th, and 28th slots, respectively. Emily Kresman (29:36) and Jessica Roe (31:17) rounded out the qualifying runners for TFC in 33rd and 34rd positions.

In the men’s race, TFC struggled on the home course and failed to place a runner in the top echelon of competitors. Alex Runyans (34:32) was the first finisher for the Eagles in 29th position. TFC’s Evan Garrett and Mitchell Thompson crossed the end line together for 30th and 31st with a time of 34:43. Andrew Collins (36:20), Ian Caudill (38:36), and Dwayne Miller (42:50) rounded out the Eagles runners in 34th, 35th, and 38th positions, respectively.

Despite the last place finish in a competitive field, the men’s cross country time qualified for Nationals to be held on November 16 in Cedarville, Ohio. The women’s team had already qualified for Nationals prior to the TFC Eagle Invitational.

The TFC women will not race again until the TFC Eagle Run on November 2. The Eagle Run will begin at the campus pond at 10:00 AM. The men’s cross country squad will participate at Kentucky Christian University on October 26.

Soccer Men:

TFC’s men’s soccer team and nearby rivals Piedmont College met in Demorest, Georgia, on Tuesday night for a non-conference showdown. The Eagles fell to Truett-McConnell 3-0 last Saturday, and the Lions (4-7) topped LaGrange College 2-1 prior to facing TFC. The visiting Eagles grabbed an early goal but struggled to maintain the speed of play against the NCAA DIII side. Ultimately, TFC (4-7) was downed by Piedmont 2-1.

Lenny Kroneman scored his first goal of the season less than five minutes into the match to give the Eagles the early lead. The Eagles pressed the Lions backline into forcing a turnover. Freshman Michael Bailey squared the loose ball to Kroneman, who slotted the ball past the oncoming keeper. Midway through the opening period, the Lions found their space and began to possess the ball and force TFC into turnovers of their own. The Lions equalized the match just before the intermission. In the 44′ minute, the Lions won a corner kick and Franklin Robinson squirted home the ball in the midst of a scrum in front of the TFC goal. At the half, the Lions held an 8-2 shot advantage.

The physical and often frantic match resumed in the same pace of which the first half ended. Both sides had chances at goal, but neither were able to finish the winning goal. The Lions found that goal in in the 64th minute from another set piece. After an Eagles infraction in front of the Lions’ bench, Piedmont’s Vincent Thomas served the free kick onto Connor Lockridge’s head. Lockridge’s powerful header found the back of the net to secure the 2-1 victory. With the clock winding down, the Eagles continued to press and won three corners late in the match. TFC was unable to capitalize on their set pieces, and fell 2-1 in the end.

In the second half, the Lions earned a slim 4-3 shot advantage. Elijah Smith earned four saves on the night. This is the third consecutive season in which Piedmont College has topped TFC by a single goal. In 2011, Piedmont earned a late PK to win 2-1. And last season, the Lions were victorious 1-0.

TFC will travel to region opponents Clearwater Christian College and Trinity Baptist College on October 18 and 19 for the final region matches of the season.

Soccer Women:

The TFC Lady Eagles hosted Johnson University on Friday night on Homecoming. The Lady Eagles entered the match having lost to Wesleyan College 3-1 on Tuesday, while Johnson had most recently been defeated by Kentucky Christian University, 4-0. TFC’s attack gave the home crowd plenty for which to cheer. Behind a hat trick from forward Lizz Rice, the Lady Eagles topped the visiting Lady Royals 5-0.

TFC jumped to an 1-0 lead on Johnson within the opening 10 minutes of play and never put the match in doubt. TFC would add two more scores before the half for a 3-0 lead. The Lady Eagles added two additional goals in the second period for a 5-0 victory.

Rice (3), Lauren Howell, and Nicole Cooprider were on the score sheet for TFC.  Keepers Becca Heath and Katherine Borderud combined for the shutout.

TFC will travel to region opponents Clearwater Christian College on Friday night for a 6:30 match. The match should be streamed live on Clearwater’s athletics website. The following day, TFC will play at Florida Christian College in their second region game of the weekend.