by Jason Mehl
Director of TFC Sports Information
The Toccoa Falls College women’s soccer (3-5) team split a pair of road games last week. They beat Johnson University 5-1 on Sept. 23 and lost to Kentucky Christian University 2-0 on Sept. 24.
TFC dominated the entire field when they beat Johnson 5-0 at home back in August, and they did so again on the road last week. They outshot Johnson 37-7 and kept them on the defensive most of the afternoon. Johnson’s lone goal came toward the end of the first half when goalkeeper Layne Arnold made one of her four saves, but could not wrap up the ball and Johnson put in the rebound. Danae Martin scored one goal and assisted on another. The assist put her at the top of the TFC career assist list. Kallie Richards scored two goals for the Lady Eagles. Anna Long had a goal and an assist, Maria Miner scored a goal, and Siara Stacey had one assist.
Against Kentucky Christian the next day, the Lady Eagles had more opportunities but failed to convert them. They outshot Kentucky 13-9, and played what Head Coach Doug Howell called “aggressive team and individual defense,” but Kentucky capitalized on a couple miscues and scored two quick goals at the beginning of the second half.
The men’s soccer team (4-5) lost two close games last week. The first was a 2-1 road loss to Point University (formerly Atlanta Christian College). Point scored first and was up 1-0 at the half, but Eric Bill evened the score at 1-1 with a goal assisted by Logan Ferrell. The Eagles put pressure on Point’s defense and controlled the ball most of the second half, but could not score again. Later in the half, Point scored the game-winner after TFC misplayed a ball that could have been cleared.
The following evening TFC hosted Bluefield College (Virginia) for the first time and lost 1-0 to the NAIA school. Bluefield scored their one goal in the 6th minute of the game against Loren Ellenberger who was playing his first game in the TFC goal. After that goal, the TFC defense tightened up and Bluefield did not generate many scoring opportunities. Again, the Eagles controlled possession for most of the game but were unable to convert the opportunities that developed.
Both women’s and men’s teams are looking at a big home match-up against Clearwater Christian College Friday Sept. 30. The women play at 5:00 and the men at 7:00.
The TFC volleyball team (6-8) lost to Spartanburg Methodist College, 3-2, on Sept. 21. The Lady Eagles were much smaller at the net but found a way around the blocks and won the first set 25-19. They continued to play well in the second set and won it 25-23 despite a scoring lull when they were down as many as six points. But Spartanburg made adjustments and fought back and Head Coach Selina Slate said, “We had a hard time adjusting to them in return.” The Lady Eagles lost the next two sets, 25-19 and 25-21. In the deciding fifth set, TFC was plagued with errors and was down 12-0 before they bounced back and scored a few points before losing 15-6.
Bethany Slate again led the way with 22 digs and 16 kills. Kayla Peters had 12 kills. Mary Willis had 12 digs and 37 assists. The Lady Eagles host Point University on Tuesday, Sept. 27 at 6:00 p.m. and Piedmont Baptist College at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 30.
The TFC men’s and women’s cross country teams competed at the Southern Wesleyan Invitational on Sept. 24. Southern Wesleyan won the women’s competition and Emmanuel College won the men’s competition. TFC finished in 6th place out of the seven participating colleges in each race. Ben Pigott led TFC’s men with a time of 29:54, and Clessie Kendrick led the women with a time of 22:37.