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Men’s Soccer

TFC Falls in Region Championship

Toccoa Falls’ soccer season ended on November 2 in the region championship match at the hands of rivals Clearwater Christian College. TFC earned a spot in the title match by defeating Trinity Baptist College 2-1 the day before. Clearwater was undefeated in league play during the regular season and earned a first round bye. With a bid to the NCCAA D2 national tournament on the line, the tournament hosts Clearwater Christian College topped the TFC Eagles, 1-0.

Following the opening whistle, both sides attempted to settle high emotions and adjust to play on the small pitch. TFC was presented with the match’s initial chances as the Eagles earned back to back corner kicks after 10 minutes of action. On the second of the two corner kicks, senior Andy Hoeweler connected with powerful header, only to see his efforts cleared off the goal line by the near post defender. Just minutes later, TFC almost broke through again as freshman Mike Bailey was denied by the inside of the near post. Both squads earned decent chances in the first half, but neither side was able to earn an advantage on the scoreboard.

Clearwater’s Ben Holmes gave the Cougars the game’s lone goal in the 37th minute of play. A Cougar winger on the right sent a seemingly harmless low cross across the top of the 18 yard box that missed its initial targets. Holmes sprinted to the loose ball from his left wing position and buried a left-footed, one timer into the side netting of the far post.

Down a goal and the season ticking away, TFC continued to push forward in search for the equalizer, but the visiting Eagles struggled to find space in the tight quarters. In the end, the lone goal was enough to send CCC through to the national tournament and end the Eagles’ hopes of advancing.

Notes:

For the second consecutive season, the national tournament bid was decided by a lone goal match between Clearwater and Toccoa Falls. In 2012, it was the Eagles who advanced to the national tournament with a 1-0 victory over the Cougars.

Seniors Noah Smith and Andy Hoeweler, junior Josh Gailer, and sophomore Sully Adams earned first team all-region recognition.

Junior Elijah Smith and sophomore Stephen Lee were named to the second team all-region.

Eagles Advance to Region Title Match

The TFC Eagles played Trinity Baptist College on Friday in the opening round of the south region tournament in Clearwater, Florida. The third-seeded Eagles entered the match with #2 TBC hoping to play the role of spoiler, but TFC had fallen twice to Trinity Baptist this season. In Toccoa, Trinity topped TFC 3-2 in a thrilling double overtime match. In Jacksonville, Trinity again beat Toccoa Falls; this time by a 3-1 scoreline. TFC exacted its revenge and advanced to the region finals with a 2-1 victory over Trinity Baptist College.

The pressure of the moment took its toll on both teams in the opening minutes as each side struggled to possess the ball with accurate passes and soft touches. TFC won two quick corner kicks but failed to put a shot on frame. Midfielder Erik Garrigo put TFC ahead 1-0 in the 17th minute of play. TFC’s Ben Maxey squared a pass in the box to Garrigo, who struck the ball with his out-step and curled it in the upper corner. Following the opening goal, TFC continued to press for a second. Forward Nate Dority provided the two goal advantage in the 28th minute with a back post finish from a corner kick taken by Mike Howell. Trinity Baptist’s Danial Stone gave TBC their lone goal of the match with a break away finish with 44 seconds remaining in the half.

The tense second half saw both teams earn good looks on frame, but neither side was able to add to the scoreline. With the 2-1 victory, TFC advanced to the tournament final to face hosts Clearwater Christian College at 7:00 PM on Saturday.

TFC Concludes Regular Season

TFC Eagles concluded their regular season on Friday night in chilly West Point, Georgia, as they faced one of their oldest rivals Point University (formerly known as Atlanta Christian College). The Eagles were defeated by Columbia International University 1-0 earlier in the week, where as Point was victorious over Union College 2-1 in their previous match. The Skyhawks of Point University 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 10 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. The Eagles end their regular season with a 4-13 record and will face Trinity Baptist College on Friday at 7:00 in the opening round of the south region tournament.

Eagles Bested on Senior Night

The Toccoa Falls College Eagles hosted the Rams from Columbia International University on Wednesday night. TFC entered into the match looking to rebound from a 3-1 region loss to Trinity Baptist College on Saturday. CIU was also defeated in their latest match, a 4-0 defeat at Bob Jones University over the weekend. In the final home game for TFC’s seniors, the Eagles played inspired soccer and challenged the CIU back line on several occasions. Even though the Eagles out shot the Rams in the match, the Rams escaped Toccoa with a 1-0 win.

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 above, left to right) Lenny Kroneman, Jon Wright, Mike, Howell, Andy Hoeweler, Noah Smith, and Daniel Berry.

TFC will conclude the regular season on Friday as they travel to West Point, Georgia, to face long time rivals Point University.

TFC Drops Region Road Game

The Toccoa Falls College Eagles traveled to Clearwater, Florida, on Friday night to face region rivals Clearwater Christian College for the second time in a week’s span. The Cougars topped the Eagles last Friday 3-0 in Toccoa, powered by two goals from the Cougars in the first 10 minutes of the match. In Friday’s contest, it was the Eagles who quickly jumped to a lead. Unlike the Cougars in their previous match, TFC was unable to hold their advantage and fell 3-2 in the end.

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 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.

Eagles Topped on Homecoming

TFC hosted Clearwater Christian College on Friday in the first match up of the season between the two south region rivals. Clearwater entered Friday’s match on a two game win streak, last defeating Bob Jones University 1-0. Contrarily, TFC entered the match on a three game skid. TFC most recently had fallen to Piedmont College 2-1 earlier in the week. In front of a raucous homecoming crowd of approximately 800 fans, Clearwater played the role of spoiler with two early goals to eventually top TFC 3-0.

As some fans were still making their way to their seats, Clearwater won an early corner kick. Cleawater’s Jonathan Moore scored his first of two goals on the night when he pounced on the loose ball in the box and made no mistake about it. Just 10 minutes later the Cougars doubled its lead. A seemingly harmless shot from long range took a major deflection off a TFC defender and redirected into the net for a quick 2-0 lead for CCC.

After halftime, TFC challenged the Cougars but failed to maintain possession that would translate into scoring chances. TFC’s best chance of the night was when foward Stephen Lee found himself behind the Cougars defense but was denied by the Cougars Garrett Hollenbach. Moore would score his second opportunistic goal of the match in 83′ minute as he capitalized on a poor dropped pass from the Eagles defense intended for keeper Elijah Smith.

Both sides placed 5 shots on frame in the match with Clearwater’s Garrett Hollenbach earning 5 saves while TFC’s Elijah Smith had two. TFC (4-8) and Clearwater (4-7-1) will square off again next Friday in Clearwater at 4:30. The game should be streamed live here. TFC will also face Trinity Baptist College on their Florida road trip. The TBC match will be played Saturday at 3:00.

TFC Beaten in Double Overtime by Trinity Baptist

Toccoa Falls College Eagles opened region play on Friday night as they hosted the Trinity Baptist College Eagles in front of a raucous home crowd. Trinity Baptist entered the match at 2-4-1. TBC’s lone tie was in region play at Clearwater Christian College in their last match before traveling to Toccoa, 3-3. TFC was seeking their second consecutive victory after they defeated Warren Wilson College 4-1 on September 18. Toccoa Falls and Trinity were both ranked as the #9 team in the country in the latest NCCAA D2 poll. In the Trinity match, the home supporters were treated to a roller coast match that could be described as a “tale of two halves.” The home Eagles were forced to make an exciting comeback to push the game into double overtime, but fell short to the visiting Eagles in the end, 3-2.

Within the opening five minutes of the match, TFC’s captain Josh Gailer was forced to be substituted off the field with a foot injury that required prolonged attention from the trainer. With Gailer off the field, TFC struggled to maintain possession of the ball and fell behind 1-0 just 13 minutes into the match with a strike from TBC’s Josh O’hara. Trinity Baptist finished off the dominating opening period with O’hara’s second strike of the game to give Trinity a dominating 2-0 halftime lead.

In the opening half, Trinity held a wide margin in the statistical category of shots. Toccoa managed just three shots in the first half, two of which came from set pieces, while Trinity racked up 10 shots in the half including a strike that hit the post. Down 2-0 and seeking answers, Coach Rob Worsley challenged the team in his halftime talk.

“Trinity Baptist came out firing on all cylinders, and we struggled in the first half with their high pressure and quick counters,” said Coach Worsley. “I challenged the guys to settle down and possess the ball. We felt like if we could get one goal, we could ride that momentum to a win.”

Forward Stephen Lee provided the early goal for which the Eagles had been searching. Lee’s goal and the re-entry of Gailer into the game energized the team and supporters alike. TFC continued to barrage Trinity’s goal with several dangerous corner kicks and shots on target. With a tidal wave of momentum, TFC was unfortunate not to equalize on several occasions. Freshman Joseph Faletto missed the frame by inches from a corner kick and Mike Howell’s scramble shot was cleared off the goal line by a defender after beating TBC’s goal keeper. The inevitable game tying goal finally came with just 15 minutes remaining, when Howell buried a shot near post off a throw in from Gailer. With the score knotted at 2-2, the match headed to overtime.

Josh Gailer was presented with an immediate chance to end the game within the first two minutes of overtime, but an impressive 0ne-on-one save from Trinity’s Mootiz Rubyae kept the game alive. Despite out shooting Trinity in the first overtime 4-1, TFC was unable to find the golden goal.

In the second overtime, both sides showed fatigue and the quality of play dropped. Neither side had a quality chance on frame until Trinity’s Danial Stone found himself one-on-one with TFC’s keeper Elijah Smith. After 117 minutes of play, Stone ended the match with the golden goal that Stone slotted past Smith. Trinity escaped with a 3-2 win despite being out shot 15-9 after the halftime intermission.

TFC (3-5) will look to bounce back on the road this Thursday at Johnson University in Knoxville, Tennessee. The Eagles will then host Tennessee Temple on Saturday at 3:00 PM.

Eagles Best Huntingdon College

The TFC Eagles played host to the Huntingdon Hawks on Wednesday night before a strong mid-week crowd. The visiting Hawks from Montgomery, Alabama, entered the match at an even 2-2-2. The Hawks (NCAA DIII) defeated Tennessee Temple 1-0 in the previous match. TFC was victorious 4-1 at Warren Wilson last Friday to bring their record to 2-4 prior to the Huntingdon game. Wednesday’s match was evenly played, but the Eagles topped the Hawks 1-0 in dramatic fashion.

As the match began, both teams challenged the opposition’s back line. TFC had two quality chances within the opening minutes of the match off Huntingdon turnovers in the midfield but were denied by goal keeper Dominique Thomas. Halfway through the opening period, TFC captain Josh Gailer sent an attempted cross to the back post. Gailer’s cross overshot all targets including goal keeper Thomas but pierced the back of the net for a fortuitous 1-0 Eagles lead. Gailer’s goal was his third of the year to tie him for the team lead with forward Stephen Lee. Despite falling behind, the Hawks held an advantage in the final 15 minutes of the first half but were unfortunate not to beat TFC’s goalie Elijah Smith.

After halftime, the sides remained even in possession and shots on frame until the Hawks again had the Eagles defense reeling in the last 20 minutes as TFC clung to a 1-0 lead. Despite several good looks on goal and quick through balls, the Hawks could not find the right combination to equalize the score. The Hawks best chance came with under 10 seconds on the clock. Huntingdon’s Desmond Ibie found himself behind the Eagles defense on the left flank. Ibie’s low ball crossed the face of goal and managed to split the legs of an oncoming teammate before rolling harmlessly to the touchline as the clock expired.

The Eagles more than held their own for large portions of the match and out shot the Hawks 14-10 on the night. Thomas finished with 6 saves on the night, while his counterpart Elijah Smith was credit with four saves.

Having won back to back games for the first time this season, the Eagles now sit at 3-4 on the year as they head into conference play this weekend. TFC will host region opponent Trinity Baptist College (2-2-1) on Friday at 7:00 PM.

TFC Defeats Warren Wilson College

Less than 24 hours after being defeated by Bob Jones University at home, the TFC men’s soccer team looked to rebound as they traveled to North Carolina to face Warren Wilson College in a Friday afternoon showdown. The Eagles pressured the Owls from the opening whistle and used an explosive offense to score a season high four goals in the 4-1 victory over WWC.

TFC forward Stephen Lee scored his team-leading third goal of the season 13 minutes into the Warren Wilson match. Lee hustled to a loose ball near the end line, collected possession, and beat the WWC goal keeper near post to give the Eagles an early 1-0 lead. The Owls would equalize halfway through the first period when a redirecting header from a deep throw-in beat TFC’s keeper Elijah Smith. With a 1-1 scoreline at the half, the Eagles set to press the Owls and capitalize on their chances in the second half.

In the opening minutes of the new period, the Eagles had ample opportunities on goal, including a strike from Mike Howell that was denied by the crossbar. It was not until the 66′ that the Eagles would find the second goal for which they had been searching. Captain Josh Gailer gave the visiting side a 2-1 lead, and Mike Howell’s hustle and strong work ethic was finally rewarded in the 83′ minute as he extended TFC’s lead to 3-1. With the final clock ticking inside three minutes remaining, winger Mike Bailey received the ball outside the 18 yard box, beat his defender to the end line, and slotted the ball back across the face of the Owls goal. With his back to the field and an attacker pressing hard, an Owl defender accidentally placed the ball into the back of his own net for the final 4-1 TFC advantage.

“In last night’s loss to Bob Jones, we had several good looks at goal but were unable to put one away,” said head coach Rob Worsley. “In today’s match, we really focused on finishing our chances against a good defense. Thankfully, we were able to put some balls in the back of the net and earn a nice win on the road.”

TFC improves to 2-4 on the season with the win, while the Owls slip to 1-5. The Eagles will host Huntingdon College on Wednesday and the Eagles of Trinity Baptist on Friday. Both matches will begin at 7:00 PM and will be streamed live. Follow @TFCAthletics on Twitter and Facebook to access the links for each match.

Eagles Topped by BJU

The men’s soccer team at Toccoa Falls College (1-4) hosted the Bob Jones University Bruins (2-2) on Thursday night. An early goal from the Bruins put the pressure on the Eagles, who were unable to overcome the early deficit, and were topped 5 – 0 in the end.

The Bruins took the opening kickoff straight at the Eagles’ goal with a through ball that split TFC’s defense and put Bruins forward Matt Moore one-on-one with TFC’s Elijah Smith. Moore converted the breakaway for a 1 – 0 lead just 26 seconds into the match. Despite the early deficit, the Eagles settled down and countered with several decent scoring chances of their own. Unfortunately for the home side, TFC was unable to convert any chances while Matt Moore’s second strike in the 27th minute and a Travis Woodham finish just 6 minutes prior to intermission gave the Bruins a 3 – 0 cushion at the half. While the scoreboard showed a large disparity between the sides, the shot count at the half favored BJU by a respectable count of 10-6.

BJU’s Matt Moore would complete his hat trick in the 61′ with a finish from close range. TFC continued to put the Bruins defense under pressure, but settled for too many direct balls as they attempted to push attackers forward. Bob Jones would earn their fifth and final goal in the 86′ with a John Wilson left-footed strike. In the end, the Eagles tallied 12 shots to the Bruins’ 19, but TFC was unable to beat keeper Cam Lawson and the Bruins defense.

Coach Rob Worsley said of the loss, “Hats to Bob Jones tonight. They finished their chances whereas we failed to convert ours. Whenever we get 12 shots in a game, we have to find a way to bury a few in the net.”

TFC will travel to Warren Wilson College for a 4:00 PM kickoff on Friday, September 13. The Eagles will host Huntingdon College and Trinity Baptist College on Wednesday and Friday, respectively. Both home matches will begin at 7:00 PM and will be streamed live.

Eagles Come Up Short Against Emmaunel

TFC soccer hosted Emmanuel College on Saturday night and were topped by the visiting Lions, 2 – 0. The Eagles have historically fought hard against the Lions, but the final scorelines have usually been one-sided results against the Eagles. Saturday’s match up had a different feel from the on-set. Though the undefeated Lions (3-0) escaped with a 2-0 victory, the Eagles (1-3) made notable strides in their play.

In the opening minutes of play, the Eagles proved they could stand their ground against the NAIA team from Franklin Springs. Emmanuel pressed the Eagles early, but were denied any real chances at goal by TFC’s team defense and keeper Elijah Smith. 30 minutes into the first half and the score still tied, Eagles forward Stephen Lee provided the best scoring chance of the game. Lee collected a loose ball in front of the Lions backline, beat his defender, and snuck a low shot beneath the Lions on-coming keeper. Before his shot could cross the goal line, it was cleared away by a hustling Emmanuel defender to disappoint Lee and home crowd that was already celebrating the goal.

The Lions broke the deadlock with less than five minutes remaining in the first half. Midfielder Morgan Anders received the ball outside the Eagles box, took a lateral dribble to his left, and beat Smith at the far post to give the visitors a 1-0 lead going into the intermission.

Alex Wright doubled the Lions advantage in the 67th minute of play with a bending shot from distance that hit the crossbar in the upper 90 and bounced in the Eagles goal. The Eagles earned a couple of late corner kicks, but were not able to seriously challenge the Lions goalie.

TFC head Coach Rob Worsley said the of loss, “Our guys showed a lot by bouncing back after Thursday’s game. We showed some of our potential tonight against a very strong opponent in Emmanuel.”

The Eagles will play at home on Thursday, September 12 against Bob Jones University. The women’s soccer team will host BJU at 5:00, and the men’s game will follow. The men will then travel to Warren Wilson College on Friday for a 4:00 PM kickoff.

TFC Routed by North Greenville

The Toccoa Falls Eagles hosted the North Greenville Crusaders (NCAA D2) in a non-conference match up on Thursday night. TFC has never defeated the Crusaders and have been on the short end of back to back 1 – 0 losses to NGU in both the 2011 and 2012 seasons. In the 2013 edition, the visiting Crusaders would waste no time in putting the game out of reach of Toccoa.

NGU, who returned 9 starters from last season, jumped on TFC with two goals in the first 15 minutes of action. TFC would fall behind 5 – 0 in the opening period before junior forward Nathan Dority buried a loose ball via a corner kick just before the halftime whistle.

The Eagles looked to start the second half with newly found momentum, but their efforts to stop the Crusaders attack were derailed just minutes into the second half. NGU extended their lead to 7 – 1 within the first 10 minutes after the restart. TFC’s Stephen Lee closed the margin to 7 – 2, finishing a well-played cross from Mike Howell. The final 25 minutes were mostly one-way action as the Crusaders built the final 9 – 2 scoreline.

With the loss, TFC falls to 1 – 2 and North Greenville improves to 1 – 0 following their first match of the season. The Eagles will face another stiff challenge on Saturday as they host nearby rivals Emmanuel College (NAIA) at 7:00 PM.

Eagles Earn Opening Win

TFC’s men’s soccer team earned its first victory of the 2013 season on August 31 with a 2 – 0 defeat of Crown College (TN). The Eagles (1-1) held a distinctive advantage in shots and possession of the ball, but struggled to score until late in the match.

From the opening kick, the Eagles pressured Crown’s defense. It appeared as if an opening goal for TFC was inevitable, but the Eagles’ possession did not translate into the soccer ball crossing the goal line in the first half. At the halftime whistle, TFC held a 16 – 1 advantage in shots, including a strike from Sully Adams that ricocheted off the crossbar. TFC’s keeper Elijah Smith stifled Crown’s lone chance in the opening half by stonewalling a one-on-one break away.

The second half followed the same pattern until captain Josh Gailer earned TFC’s first goal of the season. With less than 10 minutes left in the game, Gailer won possession in the midfield and played the ball wide to Chris Chesnut. Gailer continued his run and Chesnut found his head for a perfect header to the far post. The Eagles would put the game away five minutes later as Stephen Lee doubled the Eagles lead, following an accurate pass from Joseph Faletto. In the end, TFC tallied 30 shots compared to five for Crown, and Smith finished with three saves on the day.

TFC Coach Rob Worsley said of the win, “It was good to see implementation of what we’re trying to do. We need to finish more chances, but I am encouraged we translated possession into shots. We just need to finish more of those shots. Overall, I’m pleased with the team effort and the way the back line is gelling to earn the shutout.”

The Eagles will host North Greenville University at home on September 5 at 7:00. TFC will finish the week on September 7 as they travel to nearby Franklin Springs to face Emmanuel College.

TFC Falls to Bryan in 2013 Opener

The TFC Eagles opened their 2013 season on the road at NAIA powerhouse Bryan College on Monday night. The Bryan Lions are coming off a 12-4-2 season in which they climbed as high as #15 in the NAIA national poll. To open the 2013 campaign, the Eagles fell to the powerful Lions, 4 – 0.

Bryan College opened the match with high defensive intensity and converted on two early chances to lead 2-0 after the first 8 minutes of play. Scoring for the Lions were Jorge Gonzalez Giron and Dan Branley. Following the early shock, TFC settled in their team shape. Though their offensive chances were sparse in the first half, the Eagles played solidly on defense and kept the game at 2 – 0 at the half.

In the second, the Eagles found their offensive rhythm and challenged the Lions back line with sharp passing and runs. The Eagles were unable to put the ball in the back of the net despite having the momentum for spurts in the half. In the 79th minute, the Lions added a third goal on a nice one touch finish from a corner kick by Bryan’s Christoph Krekeler. The Lions put the match away in the 87th minute behind Dan Branley’s second goal of the match. For the Eagles, keeper Elijah Smith tallied 13 saves on Bryan’s 17 shots on frame.

TFC’s Coach Rob Worsley said of the loss, “I was impressed with the way we settled into the match after falling behind so earlier. We did a lot of good things against a very strong opponent. We were disappointed to give up the last two goals, but we will learn from those going forward.”

The Eagles home opening games of the season will be played on August 30 and 31 against Hillsdale College and Crown College (TN), respectively. The Hillsdale match will kick off at 7:00 PM while the Crown College game will be at 3:00 PM the following afternoon.

Eagles End Preseason with Scrimmage Loss

The Toccoa Falls College men’s soccer team was defeated in a preseason scrimmage at Columbia International University on Saturday, 0 – 4.

The Rams opened the scoring in the 35th minute after a reasonably balanced opening to the match. Both teams had possession in dangerous territories, but the CIU’s Daniel Mallard opened the scoring and finished a Daniel Miele cross in front of the Eagles’ net. The first half ended with the Eagles trailing 0 – 1. Despite allowing the opening goal, Coach Rob Worsley was pleased with what he saw. “We were able to translate strategies from the training ground onto the game field in the first half. The first half, especially the first 25 minutes, exceeded my expectations in our first scrimmage.”

As TFC began to rotate depth onto the field early after the restart, the Rams capitalized on three TFC turnovers with goals in quick succession from Mitchell Roberts (52nd minute), Daniel Mallard (54th minute), and Daniel Miele (60th minute). In the attack, TFC’s Ben Maxey gave the Eagles their best scoring chance of the game with a powerful header that was redirected onto the post by CIU goalkeeper Jacob Rechenbach.

Coach Worsley said of the second half, “We really hurt ourselves by giving up the ball so easily in our defensive third. All four of CIU’s goals resulted from a turnover; that was disappointing, but those are correctable mistakes. Overall, we accomplished several of our pregame objectives; we got everyone into the game for significant minutes and we applied defensive pressure where we wanted to. Those are things I take away from the game, more so than the final score. Now we know what issues we have to address before the games that count begin.”

TFC’s regular season will begin on Monday as the Eagles travel to NAIA powerhouse Bryan College in Dayton, Tennessee. The TFC Classic will mark the beginning of the Eagles home schedule with games against NCCAA opponents Hillsdale College (7:00 pm) and Crown College (3:00 pm) on August 30 and 31, respectively.

Men’s Soccer to Host Recruiting Showcases

Toccoa Falls College men’s soccer will be hosting two on-campus tryouts for the 2013 fall season. In conjunction with the TFC admission department’s events “Friday at the Falls” and “TFC Campus Preview,” the try outs will be held on Friday, March 8 (7:00 pm – 8:30 pm) and Saturday, April 6 (9:30 am – 11:30am). The purpose of these training sessions is to give prospective student-athletes the opportunity to experience TFC, and what it’s like to be a part of an intercollegiate soccer program. Prospective players will participate in training sessions and competitions under the direction of the TFC men’s soccer coaching staff along with other prospective players and current TFC players. Included in the showcase events are opportunities to meet with our coaching staff and players, take a campus tour, and participate in other informational sessions about the college. Don’t miss this opportunity to see what makes TFC soccer special, and why this could be the place for you!

If you have any questions about this event, please contact head Coach Robert Worsley by email at RobertWorsley@tfc.edu or by phone at 864-907-2124.

TFC Finishes 7th at National Tournament

The Toccoa Falls College Eagles traveled to Kissimmee, Florida, on November 8-10 to participate in their first national tournament since 2006. TFC earned the right to attend the national tournament when they defeated Clearwater Christian College in the south region final on October 27. As south region champions, TFC was given the #7 seed in the 8 team tournament.

The Eagles first round match up was against Northland International University. The Pioneers from Dunbar, Wisconsin, entered the tournament with a #2 seed and a 14-5-1 record. NIU was too much for the Eagles, and won the opening round 3-0. TFC then faced #3 Providence University College from Manitoba, Canada, in the consolation bracket. TFC surrendered a late goal to Providence (13-2-2), and lost 1-0.

In the final match of the tournament, the Eagles jumped to an early 2-0 lead over #8 Bible Baptist College with goals from seniors Tyler Timberlake and Phil Stice. BBC scored in the 41st minute to draw back a goal before the halftime whistle. Each team scored early in the second half for a 3-2 Eagles advantage. For the Eagles, Josh Gailer scored to put TFC back in front. The Eagles would surrender a late equalizer, and the match ended in a 3-3 draw. Coach Rob Worsley said, “I’m really proud of this team for all they accomplished. Our seniors Phil Stice and Tyler Timberlake had great seasons. We will return all but those two players, and we’ll be expecting a return trip to nationals next season.”

Sophomore goal keeper Elijah Smith was named to the all tournament team. In his fourth and final year for the Eagles, Timberlake led the Eagles (7-14-2) in scoring this season with 10 goals and 6 assists. Stice added 6 goals, and Gailer contributed five on the year. TFC’s All-American selections will be announced by the NSCAA on November 19.

TFC at the National Tournament

For the first time since 2006, the TFC men’s soccer team earned a bid to the NCCAA national tournament. The south region champions are the #7 seed, and will play #2 Northland International University on Wednesday at 12:00 pm. Once again, the NCCAA will be streaming games from both the men’s and women’s national tournaments. Tournament brackets and online streaming information can be found here: www.thenccaa.org/sports/2012/6/26/MSOC2_0626122640.aspx?path=msoc2

Eagles Win Region Tournament, Earn Bid to Nationals

The men’s soccer team hosted the south region tournament on October 26-27. After defeating Trinity Baptist College 3-0 in the semi-finals, the Eagles defeated Clearwater Christian College, 1-0 to win the south region banner, and an automatic bid to the NCCAA national tournament. The Eagles are now 6-12-1 overall, and 6-2-1 against NCCAA Divison II opponents.

The Eagles had played rival Clearwater Christian College two previous times this season, but were on the losing ends of 2-1 and 1-0 games. Saturday night’s match would prove to be just as tight as the previous contests. Off the opening kickoff, Clearwater immediately challenged TFC’s defense, and won a free kick in a potentially dangerous spot close to the Eagles’ net. TFC’s defense sustained the initial surge, and kept the score tied at 0-0. TFC’s goalie Elijah Smith made several clutch saves in the early part of the match. Just as the frantic beginning began to calm, TFC won a corner kick in the 11th minute of the match. Andy Hoeweler’s corner kick found the foot of senior captain Tyler Timberlake, who slotted a shot through the crowd, and beat Clearwater’s keeper Garrett Hollenbach at the far post. Timberlake’s goal was his 9th goal of the year, and gave the home side a 1-0 lead. TFC would search for another goal before the half, but Hollenbach would deny the Eagles a second goal with two spectacular saves that keep the Cougars in the match. After the halftime break, TFC focused its energy on defensive shape and keeping defenders in front of CCC’s long shooting range. With numbers behind the ball, the Eagles defense was able to frustrate the Cougars, despite their majority of ball possession. Timberlake’s first half goal proved to be the lone goal of the match as the Eagles were victorious 1-0. South region Coach of the Year Rob Worsley said, “I’m really proud of this team. Tonight’s win was our goal the entire season, and these guys worked hard for it. I’m really happy for our two seniors, Tyler Timberlake and Phil Stice.”

Four Eagles were named to the south’s All-Region team. Keeper Elijah Smith, defender Noah Smith, midfielder Tyler Timberlake, and forward Phil Stice earned first team honors. Forward Josh Gailer and defender Justin Lewis were named to the south’s second team.

With the win, the Eagles earned an automatic bid to the NCCAA Division II national tournament. The national tournament will be played November 7-10 in Kissimmee, Florida. This is the first time since 2007 the Eagles have earned a spot at the national tournament.

TFC to Host South Region Tournament

Toccoa Falls College men’s and women’s soccer programs will host the South Region tournament on October 26 and 27. The women are the #2 seed, and will face #3 Florida Christian College on Friday the 26th at 4:30. The winner of that match will face will #1 Clearwater Christian College on Saturday at 4:30.

TFC’s men are also the #2 seed, and will host #3 Trinity Baptist College on Friday, October 26th at 7:00. The winner of that match will advance to face #1 Clearwater Christian College on Saturday at 7:00. The winners of Saturday’s matches will advance to the NCCAA national tournament in Kissimmee, Florida, on November 8-10.

Eagles Earn Homecoming Win

The men’s soccer team at TFC defeated their homecoming opponent The Crown College on October 13, 3-0. TFC relied on strong keeper play and ball possession to earn the win.

TFC controlled the early portion of the match with quick passing and the ability to switch the point of attack quickly. In his last homecoming game, senior Tyler Timberlake gave the Eagles a 1-0 lead in the 10th minute of the game. Josh Gailer slotted a through ball for Timberlake, who finished from close range. Midway through the first half, Gailer would score a goal as he hustled through Crown College defenders for a loose ball in the box. Despite possessing the ball and having several good looks at goal, the score would remain at 2-0 throughout the remainder of the half. In the first half, TFC keeper Elijah Smith had five saves. Chris Chestnut would score TFC’s final goal with 20 minutes left in the game. Chestnut received a pass at the top of the 18 yard box, made a nice touch around his defender, and buried his first career goal past Crown College’s goalie, Michael Fuller. “It was great to get the win in front of the homecoming crowd,” said TFC head coach Rob Worsley. “We got several valuable minutes out of some reserve players, and now we need to focus on getting everyone healthy.”

TFC placed 18 shots on frame in the game, 15 of which were saved by Crown’s Fuller. TFC’s goalie combination of Smith and Jon Wright combined for 13 saves on the day, five saves and 8 saves respectively. TFC is now 5-10 on the year, but are 4-2 against opponents who are also in NCCAA Division II.

The Eagles will host Talladega College on Tuesday in a 7:00 match.

TFC Suffers Another 1-0 Loss

The men’s soccer team hosted Columbia International University in a non-conference match on Thursday afternoon. Sitting several starters to rest injuries, Toccoa Falls suffered another 1-0 loss. The 1-0 defeat is the Eagles’ sixth loss of the season by that score line.

TFC and Columbia International kicked off the match playing nearly identical strategies. Both teams sought to get extra defenders behind the ball, and hoped to convert errant passes into counter attacking opportunities. Like TFC, CIU’s squad was also hampered by injuries. Both sides were content to pass the ball quickly, and worked to enter the second half without allowing a goal. With both sides imploring a conservative approach to the game, the first half saw limited chances to score, and the half ended in a scoreless draw. Shortly into the second half, CIU midfielder Daniel Miele provided the game’s only goal. Just five minutes into the half, Miele put CIU ahead with a strike from distance that froze TFC keeper Elijah Smith. TFC was able to pressure CIU’s backline, but the Eagles were unable to bury the equalizer. The match ended for the Eagles in a 1-0 loss, and TFC was out shot by a narrow 16-14 margin. CIU’s keeper Stephen Replogle was credited with six saves on the day, and TFC’s Smith tallied 8.

The Eagles will return to the field on Saturday, as they host The Crown College for the homecoming match. Kickoff is set for 3:00, and will follow the Lady Eagles’ 1:00 match against region opponent Florida Christian College.

Eagles Go Toe-to-Toe With #5 Clearwater

The Eagles soccer team was defeated at home by rivals Clearwater Christian College on Thursday, 2-1. With first place in the region on the line, the energetic crowd provided a great home atmosphere for the Eagles, but two curling strikes from distance gave the visiting Cougars the come-from-behind win.

After a tense opening to the game, TFC’s sophomore forward Josh Gailer put the Eagles ahead midway through the first half. After a long ball from the midfield put Gailer behind the Cougars’ back line, Gailer was able to hustle through a crowd of defenders and slotted a shot past the oncoming Clearwater goalie. The goal further energized the home crowd, though the lead would be short lived. Clearwater answered ten minutes before the halftime whistle with a bending shot from 20 yards out that was just out of the reach of TFC’s goalkeeper Elijah Smith.

The second half was more of the same, with both squads getting great chances at goal; however, both keepers were up to the task. Clearwater scored the eventual game winner with 25 minutes left in the game when James Sikes hit a slicing shot into the top corner of the net. With Clearwater up 2-1, the Eagles did not back down from the country’s fifth ranked team. In the last 15 minutes of the game, the Eagles bombarded the Clearwater net, but were unfortunate not to pull even. In search of the equalizer, Josh Gailer hit a beautiful half volley that dipped over the keeper, but rattled the crossbar. Minutes later, senior Tyler Timberlake struck a well-designed free kick that required every inch of the keeper’s long arms. “I’m really proud of this team. We did a lot of things right tonight, and we’re a much better team than we were earlier in the season,” said head coach Rob Worsley. “Beating them tonight would have been nice, but the loss doesn’t affect our end goal of being region champs.”

In the match, Clearwater settled for several long-range shots that provided sure saves for Elijah Smith in net. Clearwater totaled 23 shots on the night, and Smith was credited with 13 saves. TFC had 10 total shots, and five that required saves from the Clearwater keeper.

The Eagles will have a rare week off in between games. The next game will be Thursday, October 11 at 4:00 as the Eagles welcome Columbia International University to Toccoa Falls for the first time in their program’s brief history. Following the game, Dr. Meyers will be inducted as TFC’s president. Homecoming is October 13, and the Eagles will host The Crown College at 3:00.

TFC Stumbles at Bob Jones

The Toccoa Falls Eagles soccer team traveled to Greenville, South Carolina, to take on NCCAA new-comer Bob Jones University on September 25. A quick start from the Bob Jones Bruins doomed the Eagles as they were defeated 3-0.

Bob Jones opened the scoring quickly when the Eagles surrendered a seemingly harmless thrown-in in the second minute of the match. However, a long throw caught the Eagles defense off guard, and BJU forward Ryan McCarty pounced on the loose ball and finished from close range. The Eagles were under constant defensive pressure as they intentionally sat back and looked for the quick change of possession. The Eagles offense in the first half was sparse, but the solid defensive shape from Toccoa Falls kept the score at 1-0. Bob Jones scored their second goal of the match after halftime. Bruins forward Cody Lehman connected on a served cross, and his header managed to cross the goal line after deflections from Eagles goalie Elijah Smith and the goal post. The Eagles were able to manage several potential scoring chances as they pushed forward and looked to get in the scoring column. In total, the Eagles forced 6 saves from the Bruin keepers. As the Eagles searched to close the scoring gap, they surrendered an unlucky third goal to fall behind 3-0. BJU’s Tommy Sims earned the goal after his shot on frame took a large deflection that redirected Sims’ shot into the net. Coach Rob Worsley said of his team’s effort: “The last 20 minutes of the game showed our potential, but we can’t allow 70 minutes to pass before we begin to communicate and play our style of soccer.”

The Eagles will travel to Chattanooga, Tennessee, to face Tennessee Temple on September 29 at 3:00 pm. The next home game against rival Clearwater Christian, originally scheduled for Thursday, October 4 will now be played on Friday, October 5 at 7:00 pm.

Eagles Win, Improve to 2-1 in Conference Play

The TFC men’s soccer team traveled to Jacksonville, Florida, on September 22 to face region foe Trinity Baptist. The visiting Eagles were victorious in the match, 5-2.

The Eagles improved their record to 4-6 on the year and 2-1 in conference games. TFC Captain Phil Stice scored twice in the match, his first and second goals of the season. Also scoring for the Eagles were Nathan Dority, Josh Jordan, and Toccoa native Dustin Martin. The Eagles scored early and often, and jumped to a comfortable 4-0 halftime lead. The margin allowed the Eagles to heal several injured players, and allowed valuable game minutes for the reserves.

TFC will travel to Bob Jones University on Tuesday, September 25 and to Tennessee Temple University on Saturday, September 29.

Eagles Fall at Emmanuel

Toccoa Falls College’s men’s soccer team was defeated by nearby Emmanuel College on September 15. The local derby, a soccer game between geographically close teams, was played at Emmanuel’s temporary home field, and was dominated by the home squad.

Emmanuel College (5-1-1), a member of the NAIA athletic conference, played an aggressive style of play that allowed them to display their superior skill against the injury-riddled Eagles (3-5). The Eagles were without three starters, and were forced to play two other starters who have been slowed by lingering injuries. Being limited in their substitution patterns, the Eagles were content to bunker down and slow the tempo of the game by getting multiple defenders behind the ball.

As pre-match plans tend to do, the Eagles’ conservative approach was disrupted in the second minute of the match. After a questionable “no call” on an apparent offside, Emmanuel’s forward Jonathan Faile finished an uncontested cross from close range. The Eagles’ bad luck continued when, in the 13th minute, a mishit from the Eagles’ defense resulted in an own goal and a 2-0 advantage for the Lions. The Eagles would give up a third goal and finish the half down 3-0. The polarizing depth of each team’s bench became evident in the match as the Eagles would give up two more goals in the second half. TFC goal keeper Elijah Smith continued his good form and made 12 saves in the loss. The Eagles were out shot 31-3 on the night.

The Eagles’ next matches will be played in Florida. First, at Clearwater Christian College on September 21 and at Trinity Baptist College on September 22.

 

TFC Earn Home Victory Over Warren Wilson

The men’s soccer team was victorious in their home match against Warren Wilson College on September 13, 1-0. Five of the 7 games the Eagles have played this year have finished with a 1-0 score. This was the first 1-0 match in which the Eagles were winners. The win improved TFC to 3-4 on the year, and dropped the Warren Wilson Owls (USCAA) to 1-5 overall.

The first half of the match was fairly even with both sides attempting to break down the opponent’s back line with contrasting styles of play. The Eagles played solid defensively while attempting to hold possession of the ball, and WWC played a more direct style, trying to find their forwards making runs towards goal. Despite both teams having decent chances at goal, the score sheet remained empty in the first half. The score remained even until the 69th minute, when TFC’s junior forward Mike Howell scored his fourth goal of the year. Howell connected on a long through ball from freshman Sully Adams to finish the eventual game-winning goal. “It was good to win at home,” coach Rob Worsley said. “The shut out was something we wanted too. We had to count on several reserves there at the end as the injuries started to pile up, but those guys showed what they’re capable of, and that was good to see.”

TFC goal keeper Elijah Smith recorded his second shutout of the year, and blocked five of Warren Wilson’s 9 shots on goal.  Smith leads the NCCAA, conceding a measly .71 goals per game. TFC out shot WWC, 16-9 on the night. WWC’s goal keeper was credited with 9 saves in the game.

The Eagles will travel to Franklin Spring, Georgia, on September 15 for a 7:00 kick off against Emmanuel College.  The Eagles’ region schedule will resume on September 21-22 when they travel to Florida to play Trinity Baptist College and Clearwater Christian College.

TFC vs. Point University

The Toccoa Falls College men’s soccer team fell at home to Point University on September 11, 1-0. The loss is the Eagles’ fourth on the year. All four losses have been by identical 1-0 score lines, and have come against non-region opponents.

By getting defenders behind the ball, TFC (2-4) allowed Point University (3-4) to control most of the possession in the first half. Despite Point’s possession advantage, the strong defensive shape of the Eagles prevented the Point Skyhawks from many legitimate chances on goal. In the first half, TFC also struggled to challenge the Point goalkeeper. Tyler Timberlake provided the best chance for TFC, but his shot curved wide before it required a save. After a scoreless first half, Point University was able to take the lead off a loose ball scramble in the box. Midway through the second period, Point defender Levi Harville poked home a cross that TFC goalkeeper Elijah Smith deflected, but could not keep out of his net. The Skyhawks held on to their lead after a late surge by the Eagles’ attack. In total, Smith had to make five saves on the night despite Point out shooting TFC 15-5. Point also had the advantage in corner kicks, 4-2. Head coach Rob Worsley said of a his team’s defeat, “I’m really pleased with our effort and defensive ability. We’re really close, but we have to capitalize on our scoring chances.”

TFC will play two more games this week. TFC will host Warren Wilson College on Thursday for a 4:00 pm kick off. The Eagles will travel to Emmanuel College in nearby Franklin Springs, Georgia, on Saturday night.

TFC vs. Johnson University

The Eagles traveled to Knoxville, Tennessee, to take on Johnson University on September 8, and were victorious, 3-1.

In a steady down pour, the Eagles once again jumped to an early lead. In the 3rd minute of the game, a seemingly harmless throw in from TFC’s Tyler Timberlake deflected off a Johnson University defender and skipped past the goal keeper for an own goal. TFC forward Michael Howell would score his third goal of the year, finishing a chip shot on a breakaway to give the Eagles a comfortable two goal lead. A rare indirect free kick from inside the Eagles’ penalty area resulted in the lone goal of the game for Johnson just before halftime. Timberlake restored the Eagles’ two goal advantage in the second half by scoring his fifth goal of the week.

First Win of the Season, 6-0

A dreary night could not deter the men’s team and the home fans from earning their first victory of the year. In front of a wet and boisterous crowd, the Eagles defeated Trinity Baptist College, 6-0.

TFC (1-2) welcomed new-comers Trinity Baptist Eagles (0-3) to the South Region by controlling the flow and possession of the match. Senior forward Tyler Timberlake led the Eagles with a memorable performance. Timberlake got the Eagles on the scoreboard in the 7th minute then added goals in the 47th, 83rd and 88th minutes.  Timberlake’s four goals were career best. Timberlake’s high school teammate from Dakar Academy in Senegal, West Africa, finished the remaining two goals for the Eagles.  Forward Michael Howell finished goals in the 16th and 70th minutes. Noah Smith, Josh Gailer, and Phil Stice were each credited with one assist in the game.  Goal keepers Elijah Smith and Jonathan Wright combined for the shutout behind a strong performance from the Eagles’ backline. Head coach Rob Worsley said of his team’s performance: “It was nice to get our first win under our belts. I especially liked what I saw from some of our younger players today.”

The Eagles are in action two more times this week. The men will host nearby Piedmont College on Thursday for a 7:00pm kick off, and end the week by traveling to Knoxville, Tennessee, to face Johnson University.

North Greenville University defeats Toccoa Falls College 1-0

For the second time in one week, TFC’s defense held strong while the offense was unable to produce much action. The Eagles (0-2) traveled to face NCAA Division II North Greenville University (1-0) on Thursday and were once again defeated 1-0.

The North Greenville Crusaders got on the board early and never relinquished control. NGU forward Luis Mattei scored in the 5th minute of the game, beating TFC goal keeper Elijah Smith off the post. North Greenville controlled the remainder of the half, but were unable to get on the score sheet again in the first period. Following intermission the shot count evened out though the TFC offense never really posed a threat to the Crusaders. Despite the tight score line, North Greenville controlled possession and cruised to a comfortable win. The story of the game for TFC was sophomore goalie Elijah Smith. Smith (Toccoa, GA) looked comfortable in goal, despite being bombarded with 25 shots in the game. Smith was credited with 15 saves on the night. Thursday’s performance gives Smith 22 saves on the season, while allow just a one goal per game average.

TFC opens their home schedule with a Labor Day match against a new conference opponent. The match versus Trinity Baptist University from Jacksonville, Florida, will kick off at 7:00 pm.

TFC Men’s Soccer Defeated in Historic Season Opener

Toccoa Falls College men’s soccer team opened a new season Saturday, visiting Columbia International University in Columbia, SC.  The Eagles were downed 1-0 in front of an energetic CIU home crowd.   The match was the first ever intercollegiate competition for the CIU Rams.   The fans and CIU community made their excitement and enthusiasm heard throughout the game.

The game began rather equal with each team forcing an early save from the respective goalkeepers.  In a back and forth contest, both teams evidenced early season jitters and fatigue.  The match remained scoreless until the 77th minute when a CIU winger forced a save from TFC goalkeeper and Toccoa native Elijah Smith.  Smith did well to block the initial strike, but Daniel Mallard of CIU crashed the goal and finished the rebound.  Throughout the remaining 13 minutes, the Eagles pushed their attack, looking for the equalizing goal.  The best chance to tie the game came with less than five minutes remaining.  TFC sophomore Erik Garrigo served a corner kick to junior Josh Gailer, whose header went just past the post.  When the final whistle blew, the CIU Rams and their fans celebrated a well earned victory, the first in their program’s history.  TFC Head Coach Rob Worsley said this about his team’s performance: “We did some really good things tonight.  Even though the score line didn’t turn out in our favor, it was good for the guys to get out there and compete in a tough contest in an exciting atmosphere.”

The Eagles will travel to North Greenville College on Thursday, and will host Trinity Baptist on September 3rd for the home opener.  Kick off on September 3rd will be at 7:00.

TFC 2012 Season Outlook

With an experienced core of upperclassman and a talented group of freshman, the Toccoa Falls College Eagles will be looking to build upon last season’s success. The defending ACCA national champions will return twelve players from last year’s championship run. Led by seniors Tyler Timberlake (Dakar, Senegal) and Phil Stice (Rockville, MD), the Eagles also return seven starters as they look to capture the South Region championship.

Pairing with Stice in midfield will be Erik Garrigo (Barcelona, Spain) and Stephens County (GA) products Josh Gailer and Dustin Martin. Forwards Nathan Dority (Jayapura, Indonesia), Michael Howell (Brazzaville, Congo), and Timberlake will play vital roles in the Eagles’ attack. The task of shoring up the backline will belong to returners Andy Hoeweler (Waynesville, OH), and Noah Smith (Toccoa, GA). Also joining this unit is 2011 starter Shane Hotalen (Orlando, FL). Tending the nets for the Eagles will be Jon Wright (Koutiala, Mali) and Elijah Smith (Toccoa, GA).

“With so many starters returning and guys who provided quality minutes off the bench will give this squad an advantage in experience allowing the coaching staff to challenge the players with more rigorous practices.” said head coach Rob Worsley.

To add depth and skill to the TFC player pool, Coach Worsley signed a talented freshman class. Justin Lewis is transferring in from Clearwater Christian College and brings with him a year of experience playing for a quality program at CCC. In addition to Lewis, local talent Stephen Lee (Toccoa, GA) will be joining the roster along with Dalton Cofer (Eatonton, GA) and Josh Gamber (Athens, GA). Finally, the 2012 roster will be rounded out with the addition of three missionary kids from Papua, Indonesia in Josh Jordan, Ben Maxey and Sully Adams. Coach Worsley is excited about the addition of these seven new recruits and believes they will play an important role in the success of the upcoming season.

TFC will open their 2012 campaign on August 25th at Columbia International University. The home opener will be Saturday September 1 at 3:00 against Trinity Baptist, a new comer to the NCCAA II south region. Homecoming will be October 13 against The Crown College. The regular season will culminate when the Eagles host the south region tournament on October 26 and 27.

Junior Josh Gailer will be joining Seniors Phil Stice and Tyler Timberlake as team captains for the 2012 season.