Jospeh Nava‘s hat trick accounted for half the scoring as Trinity Baptist College Men’s Soccer picked up a South Region win against Toccoa Falls College on the home turf Saturday afternoon.
Nava scored his first of three goals just 13 minutes into the game after he took a long pass from the backfield from Gabriel Zaffiro and connected on the slap shot to the left side of the net to give Trinity a 1-0 lead. Goal #2 came in Minute 53 when Clayton McDaniel hit him with a wall pass from midfield and Nava drove the distance before taking aim just in front of the net.
Nava completed the hat trick 15 minutes later, and by that time, he had doubled his season scoring total coming into Saturday’s affair.
McDaniel also scored just one minute into the second half. Nasier Guanipa drew a tripping foul inside the penalty box, and McDaniel converted the Eagles’ third tally of the game on the penalty kick for his first goal of the season. Guanipa scored in Minute 18 of the first half (featured photo) to make the score 2-0 at that point.
Taurean Lee completed the scoring with approximately 10 minutes left in the game. Lee, on the left side of the field, received a pass from Zaffiro from across the yard and hit from 9 yards out for his season’s first score.
Trinity’s defense, led by Josh Cook and Brian Paul, made things very easy for goalkeeper Kyle Aultman. The defense held Toccoa Falls to three shots on goal, all saved by Aultman, in only seven total attempts.
Trinity, meanwhile, took 12 shots, six on goal, as they effectively maintained ball control for most of the game’s 90 minutes.
The Eagles will play their next three games on the road, beginning at NCAA Saint Leo University at 7:00 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, September 26. A South Region game at Johnson University of Florida will follow on September 29 before the Eagles head to NAIA/USCAA Florida College on October 1.
The next home game is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 6, versus South Region opponent Bob Jones University.
–Raymond Bureau, TBC Athletics
PHOTOS: Dean Bureau, TBC Athletics