Eagles Remain Undefeated with 2-0 Win over Marian
WILMORE, Ky. – In a matchup between two undefeated teams it was the home team that could say that by the end of the day as Asbury won 2-0 over Marian (Ind.) on Saturday afternoon. Marian had allowed only one goal in their previous six games but the Eagles knocked home two in the first half.
Asbury (5-0-2) continues their program-best start and best seven game stretch since the 1970’s. The Eagles have now scored 18 goals on the season, the exact number they finished last season with in 17 games.
Trent Popp recorded his sixth goal of the season in the 15th minute, streaking down the left side Jonathan Rehner found him and Popp only had to beat keeper James Dulhanty. It was Rehner’s team-best fourth assist on the season.
Twenty minutes later Hunter Dean knocked home his first career goal as Billy Congleton placed a corner kick to the near post, Dean came sprinting in and deflected it off his head to give the Eagles a little cushion. Asbury would put eight other shots on frame and would take 26. Marian would only have 11 shots, two on goal.
Dylan Fouts made two saves for the Eagles in recording his third shutout of the season. He wasn’t tested often as Asbury again controlled the ball in their attacking end, but Fouts came through when called. In the 29th minute Fabricio Lemus had a one-on-one chance against Fouts, but Fouts went down and deflected the ball as Lemus tried to beat him low to the far post. The ball would glance off the post for a corner kick.
The Eagles are one of 18 teams left in the NAIA to not suffer a loss this season, 14 of those have won every game. Asbury will be tested again on the road as they travel to Hanover, Ind. on Tuesday at 7 p.m.