A defensive battle ensued early and continued throughout the duration as Trinity Baptist College women’s soccer hosted the Lady Falcons of Florida College Tuesday afternoon. Both teams had solid defensive plays from several players, but the Falcons broke through once in each half as Florida College came away with the 2-0 victory.
Trinity matched the USCAA/NAIA Falcons in ball control for the entire first half as each team stopped attack after attack and sent the ball back to its offensive side of the field. Eagles defenders Kristin Pabon, Haley Ridenour, and Alexa Goodwin resorted to their solid defense from a year ago to stop the Falcons on numerous occasions.
Likewise, Florida College’s Cassidy Coffman, Shelby Lovette, and Shaye Kerlin did the same to the Eagles’ attackers. Neither team had many opportunities, and when they did, each goalkeeper stepped up to block shots on goal or even make successful running stops at the potential scorers.
Florida College’s Michaela Kresber, however, found herself wide open in front of the net in Minute 26 and rolled the shot past Jennifer Jeffery for the game’s first goal, and the teams went into halftime with the Falcons leading 1-0.
The Falcons controlled the ball much better in the second half. The score, though, remained 1-0 until Minute 80 when Mashell Rodriguez took a beautiful cross pass from Allison Hernandez, who was in the left corner, and Rodriguez found the right side of the net to put up the final score.
Jeffery saved seven of nine total shots that came to her on goal. Falcons goalkeeper Victoria Fullagar was even stingier by blocking all three of Trinity’s shots on goal in five attempts.
Trinity Baptist will play again on Friday, September 21, when NCCAA Division 2 South Region opponent Toccoa Falls College comes to Jacksonville. Kickoff is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. EDT. Trinity will then head to Temple Terrace, Florida, to face the Falcons again on September 25 before meeting up with Toccoa Falls again on September 29.
–Raymond Bureau, TBC Athletics