A penalty kick goal was the only score of the game as the Eagles of Trinity Baptist College took the Bob Jones University Bruins into overtime before the Bruins got the foul called inside the penalty box and came away with a 1-0 victory in a very defensive South Region affair.
Sebastian Sulik drew the foul inside the box five minutes into the overtime period. Following an injury delay, Bob Jones’s Karl Walker converted the kick into the game-winning goal, the only goal all afternoon for either team after the rivals played to a scoreless tie at the end of regulation.
Trinity’s Joseph Nava led everyone on the field with 12 total shots and eight shots on goal. However, he met up with BJU goalkeeper Isaac Landry, who saved all eight of Nava’s shots on goal plus five more from Nava’s teammates. The Eagles had 13 shots on goal in 22 attempts overall. Naiser Guanipa, Clayton McDaniel, and Pedro Power-Melgar each took two shots while Jeremie Tilius, Gabriel Zaffiro, Brenner Pittman, and Taurean Lee all took aim once.
Eagles goalkeeper Kyle Aultman had only one save, but that is because Trinity’s defense held Bob Jones to only one shot on goal in nine attempts until the penalty kick. Brian Paul and Angelo Fernandez each made several sliding tackles to thwart Bruins attacks, and Casey Miller and Jordan Crews were equally strong in the same capacity on defense for Bob Jones.
The Eagles will have a week off before their next game, which is at South Region opponent Pensacola Christian College at 7:00 p.m. EDT (6:00 p.m. CDT) on Saturday, October 13. A home game with South Region opponent Johnson University of Florida follows on October 16 (4:00 p.m.), and Homecoming Saturday is on October 20 when the Eagles host Talladega College at 7:00 p.m. in TBC’s first-ever nighttime soccer game. The women will play Grace Bible College at 4:30 p.m. on Homecoming Saturday.
–Raymond Bureau, TBC Athletics
PHOTOS: Fran Aultman, Dean Bureau; TBC Athletics