Popp, Rehner Lead Scoring Outburst
Wilmore, Ky. - Asbury's men needing a lot of goals coming into Wednesday's game against Berea College, and they delivered. Asbury's 7-1 victory over the Mountaineers was the highest goal output since scoring seven at Pikeville in 2006.
Asbury (4-9, 3-1 KIAC) got started early, only three minutes into the match Evan Duszynski (Cynthiana, Ky.) knocked one in after Phillip Mullins' shot was blocked by the defense. Julian Botella (Flagler Beach, Fla.) added the next goal in the 24th minute after a pass from Trent Popp (Danville, Ind.) Popp would add the next two goals in the 25th and 38th minutes. Duszynski picked up an assist on the second goal by Popp.
Asbury pounded the Berea defense all night long, playing a 4-2-4 formation to try and get as many shots as possible. The Eagles would fire 41 shots to Berea's 11. Berea's lone goal came early in the second half, in the 47th minute, as the Eagles came out of the break sluggish. Berea capitalized with several runs into the box, with one providing the lone goal. A foul in the box gave Berea's Carlos Hernandez a penalty kick where he beat Asbury keeper Dylan Fouts.
Jonathan Lewis (Rome, Ga.) would get the Eagles back on track with a penalty kick goal of his own in the 60th minute. Jonathan Rehner (Wilmore, Ky.) would add his first two collegiate goals late in the second half to cap the Eagles' scoring. The first goal from Rehner came off a beautiful cross from Nick Kerhoulas and Rehner headed it in. The next goal came with only seven seconds left as Rehner dribbled a shot past the drawn out keeper.
Asbury came into the match tied with Brescia and Mountain State for the lead in the KIAC at 2-1. Each team has lost to each other in the group and the next tie-breaker for tournament host is goal differential. Asbury now has a +10 goal differential in the conference and have finished conference play for the season; Brescia and Mountain State each have a +2 with one game remaining each.
Asbury will host Covenant College from Georgia on Saturday October 17th at 7:00pm. The Eagles will play their final home game of the season on Saturday October 31st against Campbellsville.