Barons’ Men’s Soccer dominates Ave Maria, falls to GA Southwestern
| Fabian Moriera (5) faces a Georgia Southwestern opponent.
MOUNT VERNON—Brewton-Parker College Men’s Soccer received their second win of the season Sept. 11 as they topped Ave Maria University 4-1 at a match in Savannah.
Junior midfielder Fabian Moriera (5) would prove to be too much for the Gyrenes as he put four of his seven shots in the back of the net, giving the Barons their first hat-trick of the season. Moriera also set new records for BPC: most goals scored in a single match and BPC's first ever hat-trick.
The Barons outshot Ave Maria 18 to 15, with 14 of their shots on goal. Scoring started in the 33rd minute as Moriera received a pass along the flank, dribbled past two Gyrene defenders, and placed a hard-driven shot to the far post past Ave Maria goalkeeper Diego Collazos. The half ended 1-0.
Eight minutes into the second half, Moriera again took on the Gyrene defense and put his near-post shot into the back of the net, giving the Barons a 2-0 lead and giving Moriera his second goal of the evening. Moriera wouldn’t stop there. At the 63rd minute mark, Moriera dribbled 70 yards past several Ave Maria players and placed a shot into the back of the net from 30 yards out, giving Moriera the record hat-trick.
|Barons Soccer vs. Georgia Southwestern
With eight minutes remaining in regulation, freshman midfielder Mason Omesol (17) took advantage of a quick restart by finding Moriera unmarked inside the penalty area. The Gyrene defense closed in quickly, but Moriera dribbled past two defenders and placed his shot to the near post, giving him his fourth goal of the game.
The Gyrenes would spoil the Barons’ shutout at the 88th minute mark when sophomore midfielder Gilbert Komninos out-dribbled three Barons defenders and placed his shot into the back of the net.
“Aside from giving up the shutout, I am very proud of our guys tonight. We have struggled this year by not taking advantage of our opportunities. Tonight was the first time this season we capitalized on all of our chances”, said Coach Dye.
After the Ave Maria win, the Barons, 2-4, hosted NCAA DII opponent Georgia Southwestern State University Sept. 15. According to Coach Dye, the Men’s Soccer team “let another game sneak by them” as Georgia Southwestern took the win, 1-2.
GSW was the first to score in the 21st minute when midfielder Kevin Huet crossed the ball into unmarked Kacey Barnard, heading the ball to the near post past Baron goalkeeper Chris Coker. This gave the Canes a 0-1 lead through the first half.
The Barons continued to dominate possession and see opportunities to answer back in the second half. With time winding down, the Barons took advantage of a corner kick as freshman midfielder Adam Beattie connected with junior midfielder Fabian Moriera. Moriera leaped over two GSW defenders and put his header into the back of the net in the 83rd minute, tying the game at 1-1 and giving Moriera his fifth goal of the year. Only 40 seconds later, however, and GSW spoiled the Barons attempt at victory when senior forward Sam Hooke drove his shot to the upper 90 past the Baron goalkeeper.
The Barons outshot GSW 14-11, having twice as many corner kicks, but GSW would hold onto the victory.
“This is the third game this season I felt we outplayed our opponent, yet we failed to walk away with the win. It is easy to start thinking about what we could’ve done better, but honestly, I felt this was our best game this season. Aside from the two turnovers that ultimately led to the goals, I saw a lot of positives in the way we attacked and defended today. If we can quit giving up the easy goals from this point forward we will be able to reward our hard-work with victories rather than loses,” said Coach Dye.
Now 2-5, the Barons will host Faulkner University Saturday, Sept. 25 at 3 p.m.
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