Moberley's Goal Allows Eagles to Escape
WILMORE, Ky. – One goal was all Asbury needed on Tuesday as they defeated St. Francis (Ind.) 1-0 on a cold, rainy night. Ryan Moberley scored his first goal of the season late in the first half to give the Eagles the win.
Asbury (3-0-1) is off to their best start since 2005 when they opened up 3-1 on their way to a 12-win season, the last double-digit win season for the program. The Eagles had to fend off a late charge from the Cougars on Tuesday night as St. Francis put all three of their shots on goal in the second half. With less than 10 minutes left in the match Asbury keeper Dylan Fouts made back to back saves from close range to preserve his second straight shutout.
“We were able to do enough to get by tonight,” said head coach Ben Andrews. “In these conditions you’re happy just to get out of there with a win and no injuries. We have a lot that we need to improve on before Friday’s match.”
Moberley scored the lone goal of the match with less than one minute before halftime as Adam Howard served a ball from the right side to the middle of the box. Moberley fought his way into the six-yard box and got and was able to deflect past a drawn out keeper. It is his first goal of the season and becomes the fifth different Eagle to score this year.
A game in sloppy conditions can sometimes turn quickly and Asbury allowed the Cougars their chances despite once again dominating the stat categories. The Eagles took 20 shots to St. Francis’ eight, and eight corner kicks while the Cougars didn’t take one. St. Francis had two more chances on breakaways in the second half but couldn’t find the net, missing wide on both. They also hit the cross bar on a strike in the first half.
The Eagles return to action on Friday as they host Campbellsville at 7 p.m.