Eagles Offense Soars Past Bears
WILMORE, Ky. – Asbury’s offensive outburst continued on Friday night as the Eagles rolled past Pikeville 4-0. Asbury has scored 10 goals in three games this year, a mark they didn’t reach until game nine last year.
Freshman Adam Howard got the scoring started in the 28th minute, his second of the season, from just outside the 18-yard box. Jonathan Rehner drew a foul setting up the free kick that Howard got over the wall and down just under the crossbar.
Rehner would prove to be instrumental throughout the match, picking up assists on the next two goals. First Zach Welch made a run past the Bears back line as Rehner laid the ball perfectly to him and Welch was able to finish from there, scoring his third goal of the season.
Midway through the second half Rehner’s pass was deflected off a Pikeville defender right in front of a streaking Trent Popp who buried. Popp is now among the NAIA leaders in goals scored with four. The fourth goal came in the 86th minute as Kyle Blair picked up a blocked shot from Garret Davis and scored his first career goal.
Asbury (2-0-1) maintained possession basically throughout so keeper Dylan Fouts wasn’t challenged much in his season’s first shutout. Fouts’ shutout is the fifth for his career. He made two saves as Pikeville took only six shots in the match. Asbury was able to fire off a season-high 39 shots, putting 17 on target.
“It has been really important for our guys to see their hard work pay off so early in the season,” said head coach Ben Andrews. “A lot of the things we’ve been teaching in practice are now showing up in games, like pressuring the ball quickly, and with the success of those things our guys’ confidence grows. Tonight we had to make some adjustments at halftime and the guys picked up those things quickly and implemented into the game.”
The Eagles will finally wrap up their five-game homestand next week as they host St. Francis (Ind.) on Tuesday and then a battle with Campbellsville on Friday. Both games will start at 7 p.m.