Barons rally for OT win over Oglethorpe
By Bill Glass
BPC Public Relations
Juan Henao's goal in double overtime lifted the Brewton-Parker College men's soccer team to a 3-2 come-from-behind victory in their Sept. 23 home match against Oglethorpe University in a non-conference match at the Ed Moses Soccer Field.
Brewton-Parker (5-4 overall) claimed their third straight victory after the Barons trailed 2-0 with less than 40 minutes remaining.
They gave up one goal during a lackluster first half marred by repeated Baron turnovers in the midfield and mistakes in the back. "We were lucky it was not 3-0 at the half," said Barons coach Ben Moore.
After a stern message from their coach at halftime and a stipulation that nothing short of a win would be acceptable, the Barons came out and promptly gave up another goal to fall behind 2-0.
After that, however, the Barons kicked it into high gear and dominated the rest of the match. "We were all over them," Moore said.
Lee Powell, a junior from Rhondda, Wales, came out of the midfield to kick off the BPC scoring, putting in a laser-guided shot just out of the goalkeeper's reach and just inside the near post. Juan Castellanos, a senior from Bogota, Colombia, assisted on that score.
Then, as the match was winding down, the Barons were awarded a penalty kick that senior Jason Ford of Trincity, Trinidad and Tobago, promptly put away, thus leaving the score tied at 2-all as time expired.
Brewton-Parker had scoring opportunities during the first overtime but nothing went in. Then, midway through the second overtime, Castellanos got his second assist of the match when he played a great ball through to an oncoming Henao, a junior from Medellin, Colombia, who only had to deal with the goalkeeper.
When the keeper guessed wrong, Henao's shot found the back of the net for the game-winner.
While the match was thrilling for the many Barons fans watching the theatrics, Moore did not share the post-match euphoria. "They were too comfortable coming into this match, did not have the proper humility, and almost paid the price," he said.
As a result, the Barons put in some long hours on the practice field since the match and look to be ready to get after things on Wednesday, when they go up against Georgia-Alabama-Carolina Conference rival Shorter College at 7 p.m. in Rome, Ga. Brewton-Parker enters the match 1-1 in GACC play.
Brewton-Parker College freshman forward Iain Thomson (No. 6) tries to avoid engangling with an Oglethorpe University defender during first-half action Sept. 23 at the Ed Moses Soccer Field on the Brewton-Parker campus in Mount Vernon. (Photo by Charles Conkin)