While the majority of students at TFC spent their fall break relaxing, most of the fall sports teams hit the road for away games. As the seasons wind down, men’s soccer and volleyball struggled on their road trips while women’s soccer earned a crucial region victory.
TFC’s men’s soccer traveled to region foes Clearwater Christian College and Trinity Baptist College on Friday and Saturday. The Eagles were defeated in 3-2 by Clearwater and 3-1 to TBC.
In the CCC match, TFC’s Sully Adams and Michael Bailey each scored goals within the first 6 minutes of the game to give the Eagles a quick 2-0 margin. Adams scored from a corner kick while Bailey netted his goal via a through ball from the midfield. The Cougars would get on the scoreboard midway through the first period off a quick restart from a foul 25 yards from the Eagles net. TFC would carry the 2-1 lead into the intermission.
The 2-1 scoreline was equalized by the Cougars less than a minute after the restart. CCC tied the game at 2-2 following a loose ball scrum in the TFC box. Clearwater buried the game winner 15 minutes from end time to complete the comeback and take the match 3-2.
The following day in Jacksonville, Florida, Trinity Baptist jumped to a 2-0 first half lead. TFC’s Josh Gailer brought a goal back for the Eagles, but TBC’s Josh O’Hara ended the comeback attempt with his third goal of the match to finish off TFC, 3-1.
The Eagles will continue their Florida road trip on Saturday in Jacksonville as they face the Trinity Baptist College Eagles. TFC’s final home match of the season and Senior Night will be played on Wednesday, October 23 at 7:00 PM.
The Lady Eagles also faced Clearwater Christian College on Friday and Johnson University (FL) on Saturday. TFC fell to Clearwater in controversial fashion, 3-1, but rebounded the following day to best Johnson (FL) 4-0.
The Clearwater match in Florida was the second time the Lady Eagles attempted to upset the Lady Cougars. Clearwater previously topped Toccoa 4-1 in early October in a match played at TFC. In the rematch, the hosts withstood the pesky Lady Eagles and escaped with a 3-1 victory.
Clearwater took a 2-0 lead into the halftime break, but halftime adjustments by TFC made the second period a hard fought 45 minutes. After CCC increased its lead to 3-0, TFC’s Lizz Rice scored to bring the game to 3-1. TFC continued its comeback attempt and earned a free kick 20 yards from the Clearwater net. Defender Elizabeth Mattison buried the free kick but was forced to retake the kick by the official as he moved the ball slightly forward from its original position. Had Mattison’s goal of counted, the match would have been 3-2 with the momentum in TFC’s camp. Instead, the goal was disallowed and TFC eventually fell 3-1 to the defending national champions.
On Saturday, TFC traveled to face Johnson University of Florida (formerly known as Florida Christian College). On a hot day with tired legs, the Lady Eagles rebounded to top Johnson University (FL) by a comfortable 4-0 margin.
TFC jumped to a first half lead of 2-0 and doubled its lead in the second half. Lizz Rice scored twice in the win, and seniors Lauren Howell and Sara Loghry each added a goal.
The Lady Eagles will host Wesleyan College on Wednesday at 5:00 PM. TFC will conclude its regular season on Saturday as they host Berea College at 3:00 PM. The Berea match will also serve as Senior Day for the Lady Eagles.
The TFC Lady Eagles spent their fall break on a three game road trip in which they visited Salem College, Agnes Scott College, and Tennessee Temple University on successive days. The Lady Eagles were unable to earn victories over any of the scholarship schools, but TFC played tough in each of the defeats.
TFC first traveled to Salem College on Thursday and fell in three sets; 16-25, 15-25, and 14-25. On Friday, the Lady Eagles squared off with the Lady Scotties of Agnes Scott. TFC was beaten in three sets, 23 – 25, 22 – 25, and 17 – 25.
In the opening frame of the Agnes Scott match, the two sides were knotted at 17-17 before the home squad pulled away for the narrow set win. The second game was similar to the first and was tied at 21-21 before the Scotties doubled their set lead to 2-0. The third set was less competitive after an 11-11 tie despite the Lady Eagles battling hard until the final point was earned.
TFC averaged 18 digs a set and were led by Sarah Schaeffer and Rachel Morris, who each totaled 10 digs on the night. Courtney Bechtold was close behind with 9 digs, and Kim Crapse and Nikki Eitutis each had 8. Offensively, TFC was led by Bechtold’s 7 kills. Kim Crapse also tallied 7 kills in the effort. Britney Eitutis added 5 kills.
In the third and final game of fall break, the visiting Lady Eagles fought hard but were bested by Tennessee Temple in three sets, 14 – 25, 23 – 25, and 22 – 25.
Leading TFC defensively was Rachel Morris’ 10 digs. Nikki Eitutis added 8 and Courtney Bechtold contributed 6 digs to go along with her team-high 8 kills. Crystal Yang and Kim Crapse each tallied 5 digs in the match. Sarah Schaeffer, Britney Eitutis, and Crapse combined for 10 kills in the losing effort.
The Lady Eagles will host Spartanburg Methodist on October 29 in the team’s regular season finale at 7:00 PM. This match will also serve as Senior Night for the Lady Eagles.