Eagles Battle Warriors, Come Up Short
With AsburyEagles.com writer, Kristen Cope
WILMORE, Ky. - Friday night, under the lights, the Eagles’ (1-3) men’s soccer team were shut out by Indiana Institute of Technology after giving up two goals. The win advanced the Warrior’s record to 5-0-1.
The first 45 minutes was a tough fight that led to nothing to show on either side of the field. The Eagles and Warriors traded shots for much of the half, with the final shot count at 8-6.
Unfortunately for the Eagles, senior Caleb Griffin had to be helped off the field during the first half after he collided with the Warrior’s goalkeeper, Reece Richardson. Griffin did not return the rest of the game.
The second half proved to be more challenging for the Eagles as the Warriors found the back of the net twice despite the Warriors’ Zachary St. Aubin getting a red card in the 44th minute.
Nathan Waits scored in 63rd minute after teammate Reon Treavajo played a ball to the top of the box. Eagles’ keeper Griffin Appel charged out to meet Waits but couldn’t get there in time as Waits flicked the ball over the outstretched arms of Appel and in for the score.
Padraic Ormsby would add to the Warrior lead with a penalty kick in 71st minute, after an Eagles defender was called for a hand ball in the box.
The end of the box score hints a fierce competition as the Eagles received two yellow cards and the Warriors were hit with four yellows and a red. Warrior’s Zachary St. Aubin received a yellow card followed by a red card close to the end of the first half.
The Eagles outshot the Warriors with 21 shots and 12 on goal while the Warriors were able to manage 14 shots with eight on goal including the only two that mattered in the end.
Visiting goalkeeper, Richardson, finished with 12 saves to pick up his fifth win on the season, while Asbury’s Griffin Appel had six in the loss.
The Eagles take on the Shawnee State University Bears on Tuesday (9/17) at 4:00 p.m., away in Portsmouth, Ohio.