By Terry Gaston
MOUNT VERNON -- The Brewton-Parker College Lady Barons soccer team rebounded from a Friday loss to score it first conference victory Saturday with a 2-0 win over Southern Wesleyan (S.C.) University.
The victory not only was the Lady Barons' first in four Georgia-Alabama-Carolina Conference matches but also earned Brewton-Parker a split of the doubleheader after the Southern Wesleyan men defeated the Barons 4-1.
After the teams battled to a scoreless first half, one in which the ball spent much of the time in the Brewton-Parker attack area, freshman defender Sheena Lehman of Concord put the Lady Barons on the board 10 minutes into the second half on an assist from senior forward Lisa Cozzarin of Guelph, Ontario.
Wtih about seven minutes remaining, freshman Avienne Tobias of Trinidad and Tobago scored her first goal for the Lady Barons on an unassisted shot, and freshman goalkeeper Michelle McRaven of Bull earned her first shutout in goal.
The Lady Barons (3-9 overall, 1-3 GACC) bounced back from a 3-0 loss Friday to Webber International (Fla.) University in a match that, like Saturday's, ended with a scoreless first half.
"Friday's match was winnable," Lady Barons coach Jeremy Aven said after Saturday's victory. "We started pushing up in the second half and gave one up, and we kept pushing up and gave up another. We still played all right, just had a couple of cracks in our defense.
"Today, we played a lot better. We played well in the first half and really good in the second half. That's one conference win with three left, so we could still be over .500 and play at home in the (GACC postseason) tournament."
The Barons (1-9-1 overall, 1-3 GACC) trailed Southern Wesleyan by two goals at halftime and 3-0 when BPC junior striker Wes Kendrick of Augusta scored an unassisted goal 20 minutes into the second half. The visiting Warriors their final goal about 10 minutes later.
Earlier in the week, the Barons were shut out 4-0 at home by Spring Hill (Ala.) College.
Both Brewton-Parker teams opened this week with nonconference match at home Tuesday against the University of South Carolina-Aiken.
Both squads play at home again Saturday, with the Lady Barons facing Emmanuel College in a GACC match beginning at noon and the Barons taking on Morehouse College in nonconference action starting at 3 p.m.
The Lady Barons then entertain Flagler (Fla.) College on Monday starting at 3 p.m., while the men will be off until Oct. 19.