TFC Eagles hosted Oglethorpe University in a preseason scrimmage on Saturday. The Eagles rallied from a 22-9 deficit to win the first scrimmage period 46-40. Per scrimmage regulations, the score was reset at halftime, and Oglethorpe took the second scrimmage period, 37-32.
The regular season will begin on November 2 as the Eagles travel to nearby Emmanuel College for a 8:00 tip off.
Toccoa Falls men’s soccer team hosted Columbia International University on Wednesday and traveled to Point University on Friday. The Eagles dropped both matches by an identical 1-0 score lines.
On Senior Night at TFC, the Eagles hosted Columbia International in the last home match for several seniors. CIU’s Daniel Miele broke the 0-0 deadlock just seven minutes into the match. Miele collected a loose ball on the right flank, cut into the middle and put the ball on his favorite left foot. Miele’s strike curled around the post and froze TFC’s Jon Wright for the lone goal of the match. Trailing 1-0, the Eagles consistently put the Rams on their heels. The Eagles best chance of the night came shortly after falling behind. Midfielder Erik Garrigo’s shot on target was initially saved by CIU’s Luke Brooks, but the rebound landed in front of the net. The loose ball fell just behind the reach of senior Daniel Berry and his lunge sent the ball over the bar.
After halftime, the Eagles continued to challenge the tight Rams defense while CIU looked to spring the counter attack. Neither side was able to finish chances in the second half. The match came to an end immediately after senior Mike Howell’s shot narrowly missed the back post for a would-be tying goal.
The Eagles out shot the Rams 14-12 on the night. CIU forced keeper Jon Wright to make 8 saves in the match while CIU’s Brooks was required to make three. The CIU match was the final home game of the season and the final home match for seniors (pictured right, left to right) Lenny Kroneman, Jon Wright, Mike, Howell, Andy Hoeweler, Noah Smith, and Daniel Berry.
The Eagles finished the week and the regular season on Friday with a road trip to West Point, Georgia, to face Point University. The Skyhawks controlled the majority of the match, and TFC dropped its second consecutive match, 1-0.
Point put the TFC defense under pressure for the majority of the opening period. Despite the consistent pressure, the Eagles back line and keeper Elijah Smith denied the Skyhawks the opening goal.
The Eagles would surrender the opening goal of the match less than ten minutes after the second half restart. Point’s Federico DeAramburu served a cross from the right flank and teammate Matias Domingo netted the game’s only score with a powerful header. Trailing, the Eagles put together a comeback attempt but were denied. The Eagles almost equalized the game less than 15 minutes from end time. Point’s keeper parried Josh Gailer’s initial shot and Noah Smith’s rebound was denied by the crossbar.
In the second half, TFC was out shot by Point 6-4 but 18-5 in the game. Keeper Elijah Smith saved 10 shots on the night.
TFC will travel to Clearwater, Florida, on November 1 for the south region tournament. The third seeded Eagles will face Trinity Baptist College at 7:00 on Friday for the right to play in the region championship match on Saturday against tournament hosts Clearwater Christian College. The winner of the south region tournament will earn an automatic bid to the NCCAA DII national tournament. TFC is the defending south region champions.
TFC Lady Eagles won both of their matches last week, defeating Wesleyan College 1-0 on October 23 and Berea College 2-0 on October 26. Both matches were held at TFC. TFC extended its winning streak to three games with the wins this week.
In the victory over Wesleyan College, forward Lizz Rice scored her 16th goal of the season with 25 minutes left on the clock. Teammate Lauren Howell won a header from a Wesleyan goal kick, and the powerful header sprung Rice one on one with the Wesleyan keeper. Rice calmly finished the chance with a cool chip over the on-coming keeper.
The Lady Eagles concluded their regular season with a 2-0 victory over Berea College on Senior Day. (Pictured above L-R: Rachel Berry, Lauren Howell, and Sara Allen Loghry).
Senior Lauren Howell scored early in the first half to put the Lady Eagles ahead 1-0. Howell controlled a cross, avoided one defender, and slotted the ball into the side netting. The first half ended with the Lady Eagles ahead 1-0 despite both sides having good looks on frame.
Forward Lizz Rice, TFC’s leading scorer, doubled TFC’s lead less than 15 minutes into the second half as she dribbled right and shot the ball just over the keeper’s hands. Rice’s 17th goal of the year gave TFC a comfortable 2-0 margin. Keeper Katherine Borderud and TFC’s back four earned their third consecutive clean sheet.
The 10th ranked Lady Eagles head into the south region tournament on a three game wining streak and winners of four of their last five matches. The Lady Eagles will next face #5 Bob Jones University in the opening round of the region tournament on Thursday at 3:00 pm in Kissimmee, Florida. The winner of the opening round match will face the winner of #1 Clearwater Christian College and hosts Johnson University (FL). The region championship game will be played on Saturday afternoon.
The Lady Eagles return to action after not having any matches last week. On Tuesday, TFC will host Spartanburg Methodist at 7:00 pm. The SMC match will conclude the regular season and will be the final home game for seniors Crystal Yang and Kim Crapse.
TFC will travel to Tampa, Florida, to compete in the south region tournament on Friday and Saturday.