Eagles Held Scoreless in 2-0 Loss to Trevecca
WILMORE, Ky. - The Asbury Eagles (1-2) men's soccer team managed to fire off just eight shots, while surrendering goals on both sides of the halftime break in a 2-0 loss to the visiting Trevecca Nazarene University Trojans on Tuesday evening.
After withstanding a delay in the opening whistle reminiscent to Saturday's women's soccer game, the Eagles and Trojans started off with a back-and-forth, methodically paced opening five minutes.
The Eagles seemed to have an upper hand, controlling the possession and tempo early on.
However, the Trojans took full advantage of one of their first offensive possessions as Jeremiah Wright found teammate Bruno De Moraes near the top of the box for the tally in just the 5th minute. Moraes' shot was slightly redirected off goalkeeper Griffin Appel's outstretched arms, but the junior couldn't put the ball outside the goal's frame and looked back at what had become a 1-0 deficit for his team.
The teams traded opportunities through much of the rest of the period, with the Eagles getting no better look at the goal in the first than a shot off the foot of Adam Howard-- who tallied a team-high four shots in the contest.
Howard received the ball near midfield and darted between defenders toward the top of the box. A left footed try was hindered by a Trojan defender but still sailed just left of the goal in the 16th minute.
A few close offsides calls in the Eagles' attacking end grew a few groans from the crowd as seemingly good opportunities for the Eagles were halted with the sound of a whistle and a raising of a flag.
The second half brought more action for Appel in the Eagles goal as the Trojans would take 12 shots, and add a goal to their 1-0 lead at the break. The Trojans' Matt Raines extended the lead to two in the 59th minute.
Two free kick chances late in the half from Adam Howard were thwarted by opposing goalie Braydon Brown, while a few last ditch efforts off corner kicks came up empty in the end as well for the Eagles.
With the loss, the Eagles drop to 1-2. The win gives the Trojans a 1-1-1 record through three games.
The Eagles stay at home for their third game in a row. They welcome Indiana Tech to Wilmore on Friday (9/13) at 7 p.m.