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BPC soccer experiences tough season so far
|Michael McDonald, a 6’1” sophomore forward from Middleburg, Fla., tries to keep the ball in BPC control during a home game against Tennessee Wesleyan Sept. 12. (Photo by Ashley Byrd)
By Adrian Bushart
BPC Soccer Writer
MOUNT VERNON – The Brewton-Parker College (BPC) men’s and women’s soccer teams have both faced their share of adversity so far during the 2007 season.
The women’s team is off to a rough start with a 0-11 record, 0-4 in the Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC).
|Chelsea Milroy, a sophomore from Cartersville, prepares to pass the ball during a home game against Columbia College, Sept. 11. (Photo by E’Quain Rhoades)
After three knee injuries, the Lady Barons are down to only 12 players, giving them only one sub. There have been several heartbreaking games, including a 1-0 loss to Freed Hardeman University in the season opener as well as two overtime losses to Flagler College and Columbia College.
Flagler traveled to BPC Sept. 1 for a muddy game where Caitlin Eggimann, Flagler junior forward from Gulf Breeze, Fla., scored on a head ball in the first half. In the second half of the game, sophomore Afiya Castle of Port of Spain, Trinidad, put a beautiful goal in for the Barons, taking her shot from outside the 18-yard box. Castle tied the game for the Barons. In the golden goal overtime, Eggimann scored a quick goal to win, 2-1.
The Columbia College Fighting Koalas traveled to BPC Sept. 11 and beat the Barons in double overtime. This was a tough game where every player gave everything they had. The score was 0-0 as they ended the normal 90 minutes of play and extended the game into golden goal overtime. The Lady Barons received a total of three yellow cards. The final card, issued outside the Barons’ 18-yard box for a questionable slide tackle, ended the game with a direct kick over the keeper’s head and into the Barons’ goal.
Other losses this season have come against the University of North Alabama (8-0), USC-Aiken (4-0), Southern Wesleyan University (4-0), Emmanuel College (2-1), Shorter College (1-0), Spring Hill College (1-0, 2OT), Thomas University (1-0) and Lee University (8-0).
After a home game against Auburn University-Montgomery Oct. 3, the Barons host Reinhardt College Saturday, Oct. 6 at 2 p.m.
The men’s team is 2-8-2 on the season, 1-4 in the SSAC.
The Barons’ season opener was an away match at Bryan College, where they lost, 6-0. However, the next day they traveled to Freed Hardeman University where they redeemed themselves by winning, 2-1. The Barons then played Martin Methodist losing, 5-0.
The next weekend the Barons played a wet game against Berry where they lost, 6-0. The next two games were close – tough matches against Southern Wesleyan University (SWU) and Tennessee Wesleyan University (TWU). The Barons played at SWU where the team was issued five fouls and two yellow cards. SWU was issued nine fouls and one yellow card. The game was tied 0-0 at the end of the regulation period and went into golden goal overtime. In the last five minutes of the game, SWU’s David Paul, a junior from Phoenix, Ariz., scored with a header on a cross from Steven Zachary of Modesto, Calif.
On Wednesday, Sept. 12, the Barons played TWU and lost, 2-1. The first goal was scored on a penalty kick by Carl Deno from Miami, Fla. The kick was for a slide tackle in the box by sophomore Nathan Knight of Stuart, Fla. The second goal was scored three minutes later by Ryan Ferrell of Fulton, N.Y. Ferrell chipped the ball over the Barons’ keeper, CJ Davis, a junior from Richmond Hill, Ga. The Barons held off all scoring opportunities for the rest of the game from TWU. Freshman Alex Campbell of St. Marys, Ga., scored a beautiful goal for the barons with nine minutes left making the final score, 2-1. In the second half of the game, sophomore keeper Mike Gibbs of Middleburg, Fla., was ejected from the game after an altercation with a TWU player. The Barons played the rest of the game with only 10 players.
Since the TWU game, the Barons have defeated Emmanuel College (1-0), ties Spring Hill College in two overtimes (0-0), and lost to Shorter College (6-2), Thomas University (4-0), and Lee University (7-2).
After a home game against Auburn University-Montgomery Oct. 3, the Barons host Reinhardt College Saturday, Oct. 6 at 4 p.m.