Clayton McDaniel’s header in Minute 7 was the first of two goals scored, and the Trinity Baptist College Eagles used defense to hold on and defeat NCAA Division 2 St. Leo University 2-1 Wednesday night in Saint Leo, Florida.

McDaniel took a pass from just inside the penalty box from Joseph Nava (assist) and headed it into the net only 6:13 into the first half. The teams traded offensive attacks and defensive thwarts for the next 29 minutes until Taurean Lee gave the Eagles an insurance goal in Minute 36 that they would end up needing. Lee — off the assist from Nathan Williams — put his shot past St. Leo Lions goalkeeper Wessel Berenschot to make the score 2-0. The teams took that score into halftime.

St. Leo’s Herman Constant scored on the assist from Mathis Hardy approximately 10 minutes into the seond half to cut the Lions’ deficit down to one. Trinity’s defense, however, forced 19 of the Lions’ 27 shot attempts to stray far from the goal while Trinity goalkeepers Angelo Fernandez and Kyle Aultman combined for seven saves on eight shots on goal. Fernandez saved three in his 45 first-half minutes, and Aultman saved four in Period #2.

Lee totaled three shots on the night with two on goal, and McDaniel tried twice himself. The Eagles totaled 10 shots, six on goal, with one each coming from Tcharlentz Milius, Naiser Guanipa, Gabriel Zaffiro, Nava, and Williams. Hardy led St. Leo with four shot attempts, and Elias Niesigk and Constant each had three while several teammates attempted one or two shots each.

The Eagles will next travel to South Region opponent Johnson University of Florida on Saturday, September 29. A trip to Florida College will follow on Monday, October 1, before the Eagles return to their home turf to battle Bob Jones University on October 6 in a game that could determine the top seed in the South Region tournament at season’s end.

–Raymond Bureau, TBC Athletics

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