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Barons’ men’s soccer drops two
MOUNT VERNON—Eight appears to be an unlucky number for the Brewton-Parker College men’s soccer team. The Barons fell 8-0 to Berry College Aug. 26 in Mt. Berry, and then dropped a second game 8-0 to the University of Montevallo (Alabama) Aug. 28.
“These score lines are indicative of what happens when you have a large number of freshmen playing their first college soccer games and playing those games against nationally-ranked opponents,” said Brewton-Parker College head soccer coach Bill Glass.
Against Berry, the Barons contained the NAIA no. 15-ranked Vikings for the first 20 minutes of the match, but the Barons defense wilted once the opponent broke through for a goal.
“We had a let-down,” Glass said.
It was not until later in the second half that the Barons regained their cohesiveness and got things going both defensively and offensively.
“We were containing their attacks then using possession to spread the field and find avenues for our own counters,” said Glass.
In the end, the Barons generated eight shots on the Berry goal. For their part, Berry got off 26 shots: Louis Salazar scored two goals and had two assists; Ben Popple and Alexander Gallardo also scored twice. Teja Barkmann and Alejandro Palacios both scored single goals for the Vikings.
In the Montevallo contest, the Barons played very well for long stretches of time but would then give up a goal and let down for a minute and quickly see another follow. Jonathan Maloney had the hat trick for Montevallo, which is ranked No. 10 in the nation among NCAA Division II schools.
“I saw a lot of good stuff out there over the weekend,” said Glass, “and expect these games to toughen up the team as we continue to prepare for the Southern States Athletic Conference opponents we have coming up later in the season.”
The Barons continued a rough early season on the road with two more NCAA Division II opponents. They faced Flagler College Sept. 2 in St. Augustine and traveled to Dahlonega for a Sept. 5 match with North Georgia College and State University.
Join the Barons at home Saturday, Sept. 9 as they take on Shorter College at 4 p.m.
The Barons’ complete fall schedule is posted on the Brewton-Parker College website under the Athletics link, www.bpc.edu.