Barons' 4-1 win extends winning streak to 8
By Bill Glass
BPC Public Relations
MOUNT VERNON -- The Brewton-Parker College men's soccer team extended its Georgia-Alabama Carolina Conference winning streak to four and overall run to eight with an impressive 4-1 win Saturday against North Georgia College and State University.
"The team came out at the beginning and did what they were supposed to do," Barons coach Ben Moore said of the win at the Ed Moses Soccer Field. "Then we had a little letdown, but we corrected that and came back strong."
The game was only three minutes old when freshman forward Brian Yanful of London, Ontario, put the first goal in off an assist from junior midfielder Lee Powell of Rhonnda, Wales.
Ten minutes later another freshman, forward Nick Reynolds of Richmond Hill, struck for the Barons.
"The guys relaxed at that point thinking it was going to be easy, but North Georgia quickly showed that was not the case," Moore said.
When the Barons let up on the pressure they were applying to North Georgia's back line, it gave the visitors a chance to put passes together including balls played onto penetrating runs.
The Saints (5-8 overall, 2-3 GACC) responded with a goal to cut Brewton-Parker's halftime lead to 2-1. "We got overconfident and let them run at us, instead of us pressuring them," Moore said.
After the halftime break, the Barons came out playing their game of pressuring the opposition while neutralizing the opposing forwards via a tight marking scheme.
The first insurance goal came on a rare indirect kick from inside the box when Powell quickly dropped the ball back to Juan Gomez, a junior midfielder from Pereira, Colombia, who drove the ball into the lower right corner of the net for his fourth goal of the year.
It extended the Barons' lead to 3-1 -- and pretty much took North Georgia out of the game. "They were reduced to playing long balls to their lone forward, which led to no success as we kept him well marked," Moore said.
Reynolds later finished the scoring with his second goal of the game, and fifth of the season, off an assist by freshman midfielder Denis Warnier from Brussels, Belgium.
The win gave the Barons a 9-4 record overall and a 4-1 mark in conference play, in which they trail only Auburn University Montgomery (Ala.), the NAIA's No. 1 ranked team. Brewton-Parker visits AUM on Oct. 23.
The victory followed the Barons' 2-0 GACC win at home against Emmanuel College on Oct. 7.
Jason Ford, a senior midfielder from Trincity, Trinidad and Tobago, scored the first goal on a first-half penalty kick, his seventh score of the year. Ian Thomson, a freshman midfielder from London, Ontario, scored the game-clincher in the second half off a feed from Powell for his sixth goal and Powell's 15th assist.
Tuesday's non-conference match against North Greenville College (S.C.) was the Barons' last regular-season home date, and the Barons travel to Atlanta on Wednesday to play Morehouse College with kickoff at 5 p.m. They will then be off until their two-game swing to Montgomery, Ala., that begins with the match at AUM on Oct. 23.
Brewton-Parker College midfielder Iain Thomson (No. 6) of London, Ontario, works his way upfield against two Emmanuel College defenders during first-half action of the teams' game Oct. 7 at the Ed Moses Soccer Field on the Brewton-Parker campus in Mount Vernon. Thomson's second-half goal, his sixth of his freshman season, secured the Barons' 2-0 victory. (Photo by Charles Conkin)