Second Half Propels Eagles to Road Victory
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A pair of late goals kept the Eagles undefeated as Asbury won their first road game of the season 2-1 against Trevecca Nazarene on Tuesday night. The win gives the Eagles (4-0-2) their best start in over six years.
The Eagles struck late but quickly as Trent Popp netted the game-winning goal in the 74th minute, less than two minutes after Caleb Griffin tied it. It was the first career goal for the sophomore Griffin and the team-leading fifth for Popp. Garrett Davis picked up an assist on both goals, giving him three on the season.
Trevecca (2-2-1) scored midway through the first half as Donny Maciel knocked home a rebound past Dylan Fouts. Fouts made four saves on the night. The Trojans had their opportunities early as they took 11 of their 13 shots in the first half, but the second half belonged to the Eagles. Asbury took nine of their 16 in the second period including a stretch of five straight in the final eight minutes.
“Our guys really responded in the second half and really turned it up,” said head coach Ben Andrews. “Trevecca is a really quality team but our guys really responded well and pulled out a tough victory on the road.”
With the win, the Eagles surpassed their 2010 win total of three and have their best six-game stretch in more than six years. Asbury will host Marian College (Ind.) on Saturday at 4 p.m. before heading back on the road for two straight. Saturday’s game could feature two undefeated teams as Marian is currently 5-0 with a match scheduled for Thursday.