Barons break into winning column with 3-1 win

The Brewton-Parker College men's soccer team recovered from its season-opening loss with a 3-1 victory Friday over Freed-Hardeman University (Tenn.) at the Brewton-Parker field.

The Barons' win came after their 4-1 loss to Reinhardt on Aug. 26 in their season and Georgia-Alabama-Carolina Conference opener.

In Friday's match, the Barons played with a purpose from the outset by starting the scoring in the first half when freshman Iain Thomson of London, Ontario, volleyed home a free kick served up by senior Jason Ford of Trincity, Trinidad and Tobago.

Later in the first Bryan Yanful, an exciting freshman standout also from London, Ontario, put in a goal off another solid Ford assist, and the Barons' 2-0 lead held at the half.

In the second period, Freed-Hardeman managed to pull back one goal to tighten up the match, but the Barons responded with the clincher as Yanful once again found the back of the net assisted by Thomson.

Coach Ben Moore was happy with the victory but thought his men could have scored more goals then they did.

"I was not happy with the finishing, as we out shot them 28-3 and should have had more to show for it then just three goals" Moore said.

A sign of the dominance Moore said the Barons held over the run of play was the scant work performed by the Barons goalkeeper, junior Oscar Rodriguez of Santa Rosa, Colombia. "He only made three saves," Moore said.

Juan Pablo Gomez, a junior from Pereira, Colombia, scored the Barons' loan goal against Reinhardt.

The Barons take their 1-1 record on a weekend trip to Jackson, Tenn., where on Friday they will play Union University at 7 p.m. and on Saturday take on Lambuth University at 7:30 p.m. Brewton-Parker then travels to Thomasville next Tuesday, Sept. 9, for a match against Thomas University.

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Brewton-Parker College freshman Brian Yandel (No. 5) drives upfield past a Freed-Hardeman University defender with Baron teammates Iain Thomson (26) and Lee Fowler (7) nearby in the Barons' 3-1 soccer victory Friday at the Brewton-Parker field. (Photo by Charles Conkin)