Men's Soccer Advances With Rout of Talladega
TALLADEGA, Ala. - It took only 45 minutes for the Asbury Eagles to put away their hosts, the Tornadoes from Talladega College-- the second 45 minutes that is.
The first half of play ended in what some would say was a stalemate. The Eagles and Tornadoes played to a 0-0 tie firing just 13 total shots toward their respective cages. John Burns and his opposition Floyd Jabrowski combined for just three saves.
Talladega had their opportunities, however. The Tornadoes took 11 corners in the half and found space in the Eagles' defense.
"We came out and just executed the game plan the way we wanted to," head coach Ben Andrews said following the game. "We knew they would come out attacking and we did what we wanted to do through the first half. It may have been the best game we have put together all season."
The second half was certainly the biggest this season and it is when the Eagles made their move. 18 shots, 17 on goal. Seven goals. Five assists.
The Eagles poured it on in the second. Billy Congleton scored two goals to break the 0-0 tie and jump the Eagles out to a 2-0 lead. Another goal by the Eagles, this time from the foot of senior Caleb Griffin pushed the lead to 3-0. The Tornadoes would find some space in the Eagles' defense and cut the lead to just two goals but the Eagles would respond with four more goals to open the flood gates.
Austin Byrum put in a chip shot over the head of the goalkeeper with just over 14 minutes remaining to push the lead to three at 4-1. Cliff Evans pushed it to 5-1 with his first collegiate goal and he was followed by Chris Israel's fourth goal of the season for the five goal lead.
The Eagles wouldn't stop there as Griffin Wilcoxon scored his second of the year to conclude the onslaught. A late goal by the hosts was a little too late as the Eagles rode the 7-2 score to a KIAC Championship bid.
Freshman Zack Andrews picked up his first collegiate point with one assist. Adam Howard, Caleb Griffin, Austin Byrum and Chris Israel also added assists for the Eagles.
The Eagles get just one day of rest before facing off against Point Park in Pittsburgh, Pa., on Saturday. The Championship game is a rematch of another game held earlier this season in Pittsburgh. The Pioneers bested the Eagles on October 12th by a score of 1-0.
The opening whistle for the game is scheduled for 1 p.m. EST.
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