Eagles Get Conference Win No. 1 Over Berea, 5-1
WILMORE, Ky. - After dropping a heartbreaking conference opener to Brescia in double-overtime just over a week ago the Eagles needed to get a win to stay in the hunt for a KIAC playoff game here in Wilmore.
On Tuesday night, they took care of the first of three remaining conference games to the tune of 5-1 over the visiting Mountaineers from Berea College.
Stephen Mitchell got the scoring started early for the Eagles as he knocked in his first tally of the year off a header from a corner by Billy Congleton in the 13th minute. Congleton's assist was his fourth of the season.
Just under six minutes later Jesse Peterson would get his first of the night--and first since he scored twice against Kentucky Welseyan on September 6-- to put the Eagles up 2-0 not halfway through the first stanza. Peterson's goal came on yet another assist from Austin O'Brien.
O'Brien has been dishing out the ball pretty regularly for the Eagles this season as he picked up his team-leading sixth assist on Peterson's first tally. He would add another later in the game for his seventh of the season.
The Eagles controlled the possession for much of the first half and would be poised to take a 2-0 lead into the break until Craig Moberly was whistled for a foul on a Berea forward in the Eagles' box. The PK attempt from Berea's Josh Wedding glanced off the outside of the left post as the Eagles dodged that Bullet and preserved the shutout into the intermission.
The second half played much to the same tune as the first as the Eagles dominated ball control and rarely let the Mountaineers through for an attempt on goal. However, the visitors seized a bleak opportunity in the 51st and put home a goal to cut the Eagle lead in half.
The Eagles and Peterson would respond quickly, though.
A tally just five minutes later from Peterson would extend the lead back to two and a mere 36 seconds later Adam Howard would put away another goal for the hosts to extend the lead to three. Peterson's goal was unassisted. O'Brien picked up the assist on Howard's fifth tally of the season.
Billy Congleton would had another insurance goal in the 76th minute to reach the final score of 5-1.
The lopsided play by the Eagles resultantly equated to a 23-9 shot advantage.
John Burns got the nod in goal for the Eagles, picking up four saves against one allowed for his second win of the season.
The Eagles will return to action on Saturday, Oct. 5th, as they travel to take on Union (Ky.). Gametime on Saturday is slated for 4 p.m.