In an action-packed affair that included 37 total shots and 21 on goal, the Trinity Baptist College Eagles nearly came from behind to defeat the undefeated NAIA Webber International Warriors, but Webber came away from the slug fest as 2-1 victors.
Tcharlentz Milius scored with time running short to pull the Eagles to within a goal, but Webber’s defense would not allow the game-tying tally. In addition, Webber goalkeeper Thomas Debladis blocked a penalty kick in the second half to keep the Eagles off the scoreboard until Milius connected with 1:43 left on the clock.
The Eagles had their best offensive showing regarding total shots taken coming from 13 different players. Trinity out-shot Webber 20-17, and 10 of those shots reached goal. Debladis saved all but one of them, however, including the penalty kick. Angelo Fernandez (3 shots, 1 on goal), Joseph Nava (3, 2), Clayton McDaniel (2, 1), Pedro Power-Meglar (2, 0), Gabriel Zaffiro (2, 2), Milius (2, 1), Josh Cook (1, 1), Benito Vazquez (1, 0), Jeremie Tilius (1, 1), Nasier Guanipo (1, 0), Nathan Williams (1,1), and Richard Vazquez (1, 0) all took aim at the net, but Debladis played a stellar goal.
Eagles goalkeeper Kyle Aultman was just as stingy as he blocked 9 of 11 shots on goal himself.
Webber’s Baxter Smith connected twice to give the Warriors the win. He scored less than four minutes into the game and again approximately midway through the first half.
Both teams played a very clean game; only one Webber player earned a yellow card, and the game had a total of only four fouls called.
The Eagles will rest on Sunday and then take the field Monday with a home game versus NAIA Point University at 4:00 p.m. EDT. A road trip to Orlando’s Rollins College will follow on September 14, and the Eagles will return to their home turf to face South Region rival Toccoa Falls College on Saturday, September 22. The game with Toccoa Falls is Trinity’s first South Region game of the season.
–Raymond Bureau, TBC Athletics