Davis Nets OT Winner, Eagles Beat Shawnee
PORTSMOTH, Ohio - Garrett Davis scored 2:08 into the extra frame for the Asbury University Eagles (2-3) Tuesday night to propel the Eagles to a 2-1 victory, one that they especially needed.
As losers of two straight contests by scores of 2-0, the Eagles knew tonight was the night they needed to get back on track and Davis and freshman Austin Byrum determined that's exactly what they would do on Tuesday against Shawnee State.
Byrum, who has seen limited action this year, got a chance early in the contest as head coach Ben Andrews tabbed him as a starter for the first time this season.
The changeup provided dividends quickly for the Eagles as Byrum found paydirt just 43 seconds after the opening whistle. Senior Zach Welch found Byrum near the top of the box for a fleet-footed strike from the first-year player. Byrum's goal was the first for the Eagles in over two games of play.
Byrum and Welch both picked up their first points of the season on the hookup.
The game would play at a 1-0 Eagles' lead until the clock showed just over ten minutes remaining in the second half. Shawnee's Michael Meadows got a step toward the end line and sent a low cross into the box, which found the foot of Nick Dowell inside the six for the goal.
The tally sent the contest into overtime, knotted at one apiece.
In the extra frame, the hosts were whistled for an early foul which led to the set piece from the Eagles. Davis cashed in his opporunity for one on the scoreboard and ultimately one in the win column.
"We needed this one tonight," head coach Ben Andrews commented following the game. "It really could have been finished by either team and we got the one we needed."
Andrews added that the "defensive backs really stepped up" to secure the win. The Eagles were outshot in the contest 13-10 but put up one more on the scoreboard where it counted and much of that can be accredited, according to Andrews, because the defense forced a poor shot selection from the hosts.
Griffin Appel entered into the game in relief of John Burns early in the contest and was credited with the win. Appel is 2-3 on the year.
The Eagles will host the College of Mount St. Joseph on Friday night under the lights here in Wilmore as they look to put two wins together for the first time this season. The opening whistle is set for 7 p.m.