Fletcher Nets Barons' First Goal of Year

MT. VERNON -- Brewton-Parker College senior Stuart Fletcher's first-half goal Sept. 10 against Flagler (Fla.) College gave the Barons soccer team its first score and lead of the season, an advantage Brewton-Parker enjoyed through the first half.

The visiting Saints then exploited a two-man advantage they held from late in the first half to score six unanswered goals in the second half to capture a 6-1 win in a physical nonconference match.

"We won with 11 versus 11 and they won with 11 versus nine," said Brewton-Parker coach Ben Moore, adding that he saw better performances and effort from the Barons than from their first three contests.

"We played better, but the score doesn't reflect it. The guys we had out there were playing better."

Fletcher, a midfielder-striker from Toronto, Ontario, gave the Barons a 1-0 lead in the 20th minute off a pass from junior Wes Kendrick of Augusta, Ga., for Brewton-Parker's first goal in its four matches.

The Barons maintained the one-goal lead until intermission despite playing the last 10 minutes of the first half down two players.

On Saturday, the Barons ran into an angry Auburn University-Montgomery squad after the Senators had suffered a loss that dropped them from No. 2 in the NAIA national rankings to No. 7.

AUM scored five first-half goals and two more before a match-long downpour midway through the second half ended the contest with the Senators claiming a 7-0 victory.

The match was the first in Georgia-Alabama-Carolina Conference action for AUM (3-1 overall) while Brewton-Parker slipped to 0-6 overall and 0-2 in the conference.

The Barons return to action with consecutive matches Friday and Saturday in Florida, Friday against Florida Southern College in Lakeland at 7 p.m. and Saturday against Rollins College in Orlando at 7 p.m.