The Eagles faced the top team in the NAIA’s Appalachian Athletic Conference as undefeated Point University came to Jacksonville. Trinity fought and played even soccer for most of the game, but the Skyhawks broke through late in the first half and continued in the second to a 6-0 victory.
Both offenses were very aggressive, and both defenses were rather tight throughout the first half. Bryan Paul worked the backfield and stopped several Point attacks in the early going, and Angelo Fernandez covered the entire field, working defensively as much as he did on the attack.
Trinity took 11 shots, and 10 of them were on goal. However, Skyhawks goalkeeper Brin Lupah saved the first seven of those shots before leaving with a twisted ankle late in the game. His replacement, Gustavo Siqueria saved the final three in his 9:12 of playing time.
Fernandez led the Eagles with three shot attempts, all on goal. Clayton McDaniel took two shots on goal — one of them blocked on a Lupah dive — and six teammates all took aim at the net: Benito Vazquez, Josh Cook, Tcharlentz Milius, Gabriel Zaffiro, Pedro Power-Melgar, and Joseph Nava.
Point’s Juan Gomez scored two goals in each half, and teammates Pablo Acebron (Minute 36) and Rafeal Frietas (Minute 71) connected on unassisted goals. Guillermo Sofio and Lorenzo Delvecchio assisted Gomez’s first-half goals.
Lightning struck nearby with approximately 11 minutes remaining, ending the game at that point.
On Thursday, the Eagles will travel to Rollins College in Orlando for a night game that begins at 7:00 p.m. EDT. The gentlemen then have a week off from games before hosting Toccoa Falls College in the first South Region game of the season on September 22. The Eagles will finish out the month of September at St. Leo University on September 26 and Johnson University of Florida on September 29.
–Raymond Bureau, TBC Athletics