Eagles Score Five In Shutout Win Over Mt. St. Joseph
WILMORE, Ky. - In a game where Caleb Griffin, Adam Howard, and Chris Israel were all sidelined due to injury, the Eagles needed someone to turn to to get the scoring done. With their top-two scorers still on the field, the statistics suggested Jesse Peterson and Billy Congleton would provide the offense in the others' absence.
But Friday's scoring would come from elsewhere.
Garrett Davis found the back of the net three times perhaps feeding off a goal that counted as the game-winner in a 2-1 OT win against Shawnee earlier in the week.
"Our energy has picked up at times these past two games and it's created opportunities for everyone out there to score goals," Davis said after the game. "I’ve just been fortunate enought to be the one in the right spot at the right time."
The right times for Davis tonight? The 34th, 52nd, and 59th minutes.
Davis' first game came on the back end of a MSJ fould near the top of the box. Teammate Billy Congleton lined up to take the free kick which turn out to be a hard, diving drive out in front of opposing keeper, Austin Cagle. Congleton's drive was redirected past Cagle for the Eagles' second goal of the night and Davis' second of the year. Congleton was credited with his team-leading third assist.
The game went into the break with a 2-0 Eagles lead.
The Eagles opened play in the second with a melancholy attack, where neither team seemed poised to put one up on the scoreboard. That is until an array of tic-tac-toe passing from Peterson, O'Brien, and Davis put the Eagles back on the board.
The goal was put away for the 3-0 by Davis after O'Brien attacked in from the left side of the field, finding Peterson with a crisp pass near the corner of the box. Peterson's one-touch to Davis put the junior midfielder in great position to beat the Lions' keeper, which he did.
Davis' third tally would come just minutes later off a cross from O'Brien. The cross came from the left side of the goal, near the endline, and would be misplayed by the MSJ defense. Davis, again in the right place at the right time, gathered the ball and finished it: 4-0 Eagles with just over 30 minutes remaining.
Sandwiched on both sides of the Davis tallies were strikes from O'Brien and freshman Austin Byrum in the 6th and 67th minutes, respectively.
O'Brien's goal was his second of the season; his assist on the second Davis goal was also his second of the season. Byrum also picked up his second goal of the season after scoring in his first collegiate action 46 seconds into Tuesday's game against Shawnee.
The Eagles fired off 20 shots to MSJ's 13 and matched their visitors in corners with seven.
Griffin Appel-- whose biggest test was a long blast that he punched over the crossbar in the second half-- picked up the win for the Eagles who evened their record at 3-3 on the season. The Eagles will now look ahead to getting some conference action as they travel to Brescia on Tuesday 9/24. Game time is set for 6:00 p.m.