Eagles Advance with 4-0 Victory Over Brescia
WILMORE, Ky. – This year’s matchup with Brescia in the KIAC Tournament semi-finals would prove to be vastly different from last year’s double overtime loss, as the Eagles defeated the Bearcats 4-0 on Thursday night. Asbury’s 13 wins are the most since a school-record 14 back in 1980. This was also the 300th win in program history.
On a cold and rainy night the Eagles took advantage of aggressive play by Brescia. The Bearcats were issued four yellow cards in the first half. The biggest one came just nine minutes into the game as Ryan Moberley was taken down by keeper Mike Guilliat giving the Eagles a penalty kick that Trent Popp knocked home. Popp now has 19 goals on the season, leading all KIAC players and ranks seventh in the NAIA.
Asbury would play add on in the second half, as Moberley scored off a throw in from Randy Troyer in the 57th minute and Garrett Davis would add two of his own, first in the 61st and then again in the 62nd. Davis now has eight goals in his first season, moving into a tie for second on the team. Troyer would add another assist on Davis’ first goal and Stephen Mitchell would pick up his first of the season on the second.
The Eagles have won four straight overall and are 10-0-2 at home throughout the season. Over their last four games Dylan Fouts has recorded four consecutive shutouts and now has eight on the season. He has a 360 minute scoreless streak after making one save against Brescia.
Asbury will play the winner of Cincinnati Christian and Mountain State on Saturday at 7 p.m. for the KIAC Tournament Championship and a berth in the Unaffiliated Grouping match for a berth to the NAIA National Tournament. If Mountain State is the opponent, then the match will be at Asbury but if CCU is the opponent then the match will be in Cincinnati. Asbury and CCU tied for the KIAC Regular Season Title after identical 3-1 marks, but CCU holds the tie-breaker after defeating Asbury 1-0.