Barons pick up forfeit when foe is a no-show
MOUNT VERNON -- The Brewton-Parker College men's soccer team posted the only win of the week for either the Barons or Lady Barons and certainly had to exert less effort than the Lady Barons did in their pair of defeats.
The Barons and officials were all gathered at the Ed Jones Soccer Field on Saturday for BPC's match against North Greenville College (S.C.), a date that was to follow the Lady Barons' tough 3-2 loss to Brenau University in a Georgia-Alabama-Carolina Conference match.
The visiting Crusaders, however, never showed, resulting in a 1-0 forfeit victory for the Barons.
The forfeit win gave the Barons a 2-10-1 overall record heading into their final week of regular-season action, which began Tuesday with a visit to North Georgia College and State University in Dahlonega for their final Georgia-Alabama-Carolina conference match.
Brenau scored two first-half goals in the women's match Saturday for a lead the Golden Tigers sustained until Brewton-Parker freshman midfielder Sheena Lehman of Concord scored her team-leading eighth goal of the season 15minutes into the second half.
Five minutes later, sophomore defender Monica Miller of Lyons scored her first goal of the year to forge a 2-all tie. But Brenau scored about 90 seconds later and maintained that margin to earn the win.
"We did a good job of coming out in the second half and got some better attacking chances," Lady Barons coach Jeremy Aven said.
The planned doubleheader closed out Brewton-Parker's regular-season home schedule, which ended with six straight home contests for the Lady Barons and five straight at home for the Barons.
On Oct. 14, The Lady Barons took a 5-0 loss at home to Flagler (Fla.) College, with the Saints (7-2-3 after the win) scoring three times in the first half.
"I wasn't disappointed with our performance," Aven said. "In the first 30 minutes, we won every equal-chance ball, but we couldn't hold them off for 90 minutes. They were just too good a team."
The Lady Barons (4-12 overall, 2-4 GACC) then also traveled to Dahlonega on Tuesday to play North Georgia in their conference and regular-season finale.
The Barons finish the regular season Saturday with a trip to Biloxi, Miss., to play William Carey College.
Both Brewton-Parker teams then play either Nov. 4 or 5 in the first round of the GACC Postseason Tournament at a site and time to be determined after GACC action concludes this weekend.
Barons coach Ben Moore said Tuesday's match at North Georgia could be a preview of a first-round contest and likely will determine on whose field the postseason game will be played.
Aven said the loss to Brenau puts the Lady Barons in sixth among the eight-team women's division and likely will result in a first-round rematch at Shorter College, where the Lady Hawks defeated BPC 5-1 on Sept. 17 in a match Aven said was closer than the score would indicate.
"We'll go two weeks without a match, but that will give us a chance to work on some stuff and for some of our players with nagging injuries to get healthy. We'll have to stay fit."