The Trinity Baptist College women’s soccer team opened its 2018 season Friday afternoon in Hialeah, Florida, as they battled the Conquistadors of NAIA Florida National University. The Eagles put up a tough fight, especially on defense, but the Conquistadors came away with a 3-0 victory.
Returning defenders Kristin Pabon, Jennifer Jeffery, and Hailey Ridenour helped limit the opposition to only 10 total shots and five on goal. The tandem allowed only three total shots in the second half. Florida National’s defense, however, was just as stingy, allowing the Eagles nine total shots, four of them on goal.
Senior Arisa Robles took three of those nine shots, but the two that reached the goal were saved by FNU goalkeeper Briana Gomez, who notched four saves overall. Trinity’s Kareema Mitchell, Caitlyn Frisna, Alexa Goodwin, Nia Nicole Rocourt, Kezirea Odoms, and Pabon all took shots as well.
Eagles goalkeeper Courtney Blanset saved two.
Florida National’s D’Yolanda Pineda scored all three goals in the first half. The graduate forward connected unassisted all three times in Minutes 15, 25, and 43. Pineda took six shots overall.
The Eagles will play again on Saturday, this time visiting NAIA Ave Maria University. Kickoff is at 3:00 p.m. EDT. The first home game is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 8, also against Ave Maria. The Eagles will then hit the road again the following weekend as they travel to Grayson, Kentucky, for the 2018 Kentucky Christian Classic. Trinity will play Randall University at 5:15 p.m. on Friday and Johnson University of Tennessee at 1:15 p.m. on Saturday.
–Raymond Bureau, TBC Athletics