Griffin Paces Eagles in 7-1 Win Over Pikeville
WILMORE, Ky. - It isn't too often you get to see multiple headers end up in the back of the net on the same night on the soccer pitch. The fans in attendance for Tuesday night's 7-1 win over the visiting University of Pikeville Bears (4-10) got to see four-- including three out of the four goals the Eagles scored in the first half.
"Our guys were super opportunistic tonight," head coach Ben Andrews said following the match. "Any time you can score that many off a header, let alone seven in one game, you should win and that's what we did tonight."
"We just took advantage of what they gave us."
Caleb Griffin led the Eagles' offense in the win as he scored twice and added an assist for the Eagles (8-6, 2-2). Griffin was the beneficiary of two of Adam Howard's three assist on the night-- one off his head from Howard's free kick.
The Eagles also received one goal each from Stephen Mitchell, Griffin Wilcoxon, Billy Congleton, Garrett Davis, and Austin O'Brien. Jesse Peterson, Hunter Dean and Zach Welch added assists bringing the point total for the Eagles to 21 (7g, 7a) on the night.
Davis' tally-- his team leading ninth on the season-- broke the 0-0 tie just 2:33 into the contest. A free kick bent around the defensive wall by Welch was redirected off a header by Davis to the far post and in for a quick 1-0 lead.
From there the Eagles wouldn't look back.
O'Brien tallied his seventh on the season on a picture perfect cross from Howard that switched the field and found O'Brien near the back post for the 2-0 lead in the 22nd minute.
Griffin's first tally followed O'Brien's 10 minutes later for a 3-0 lead and defender Stephen Mitchell tallied his second on the year shortly after a corner kick just 1:54 before the halftime break.
The Eagles and Pikeville played to a scoreless second half until the Bears cut into the four-goal lead with a header of their own on one of their six corners on the night.
The Eagles' response included three goals in a 12-minute span starting with Congleton's fifth of the season in the 73rd minute. Congleton called for a cross at the top of the box from Peterson-- who sent the ball across the top of the box for Congleton's one-touch blast from just outside the 18.
Griffin Wilcoxon tallied his first of the season in the 81st minute after a shot from Garrett Davis ricocheted high in the air off the opposing goal keeper. Wilcoxon's header looked to be saved by the goalie, except for the fact that he was laying in the goal. The tally pushed the score to 6-1 before Griffin would finish the scoring with his redirection from Howard.
The Eagles outshot their opponents 21-9 on the night-- putting 15 of their 21 on frame. John Burns needed to make just three saves to pick up his fifth win in goal. The Bears' Alfredo Piedra was tagged with the loss.
The Eagles have just two more games to complete the regular season as they take on Georgetown (Ky.) on Saturday here in Wilmore for Homecoming and Senior Night. The opening whistle is set for 7 p.m.