Four Eagles Score in First Round KIAC Win
WILMORE, Ky. - Jesse Peterson, Austin O'Brien, Billy Congleton, and Caleb Griffin each scored in the Eagles' 4-0 opening-round win over CCU Tuesday night.
The Eagles entered the game having bested Cincinnati Christian in the regular season 10-1. CCU showed they were going to make things a bit more difficult this time around for their hosts.
"Give credit to those guys out there tonight. They came in and flew around," head coach Ben Andrews said after the game. "But our guys stuck it, got some chances, and converted on some golden opportunities."
The Eagles' first opportunity that struck paydirt came from the foot of Jesse Peterson in the game's 35th minute. Peterson eluded three defenders as he entered the box. His right-footed strike beat the goalkeeper nearside for the 1-0 advantage. The goal was the sophomore forward's eighth this season.
The game would head into the halftime break with an Asbury 1-0 advantage.
CCU goalkeeper Jake Hiance would keep his team in the lead in the early going of the second half with saves on solid opporunities by the Eagles' offense.
But, Hiance wouldn't blank the Eagles in the second half either. Austin O'Brien, who lined up at the right-back position for much of the game, found his eighth goal of the season on a corner kick from Billy Congleton. The header tucked inside the far post for the 2-0 lead in the 62nd minute.
Cincinnati Christian had a golden opportunity of their own as the Eagles were whistled for a fould inside their own defensive box, leading to a CCU penalty kick. Goalkeeper John Burns made a diving save near the right post, then saved the follow up chance to keep CCU off the board. The crowd and bench lawded in approval as the score still read 2-0.
Congleton would be on the receiving end of Asbury's next goal as a blast from the junior forward caramed off a defender and past CCU's goalie for the 3-0 lead with 21 minutes remaining in the contest.
Caleb Griffin made good on one of his shots by collecting a lose ball near the top of the box and banking it in off the right upright and pass the outstretched arms of Hiance.
Asbury dominated the stats sheet Tuesday night as they advanced on to the tournament semifinals. They collected 28 shots to CCU's 12 and took five corners to CCU's four. The most important part of stat dominance was the four-spot on the scoreboard.
Nonetheless, Andrews was proud of his guys. "I'm just really happy for our seniors, especially. They got to win what was possibly their last game on our home field and played a big part in doing. All three saw a good bit of time and the supporting cast played well too."
The Eagles and coach Andrews don't have too much time to revel in their win. They travel to Alabama on to take on GCAC school Talladega in the semifinals. Game time is scheduled for 2 p.m. but could also be 7 p.m. if their is inclement weather. Stay tuned to AsburyEagles.com for updates!