Eagles Fall in Overtime
Harrogate, Tenn. - Asbury played Lincoln Memorial even for the first 97 minutes but a golden goal from Robbie Curtis in the 98th minute gave the Rail Splitters the edge in the season opener for both schools. The Eagles lost to LMU, who is a member of the NCAA Division II, 4-0 last year.
Despite the close decision Asbury's offensive attack was held in check all afternoon. The Eagles could only put up three shots compared to 37 for Lincoln Memorial. Asbury did put two shots on goal, the first off the leg of junior Phillip Mullins (Tuscaloosa, Ala.) and the second a header from redshirt-freshmen Trent Popp (Danville, Ind.). LMU put 12 shots on goal with freshmen keeper Travis Jones (Deltona, Fla.) coming up with 10 saves in his first collegiate game.
Asbury is coming off a 5-13-1 2008 season where they lost eight of their last nine games including six by one goal and two in overtime.
The Eagles will have a full week of practice before returning to game action during Labor Day Weekend as part of the Bryan College Invitational in Dayton, Tennessee. Asbury will take on the host Lions on Friday September 4th at 7:30 pm and then will play the #1 team in the NAIA Pre-Season Poll and defending national champion Bethel (TN) College on Saturday September 5th at 5:00 pm.