Short-handed Lady Barons get passed in 2nd half at Brenau
MOUNT VERNON -- Anyone who thinks that soccer is a boring game probably has not met Kelly Mosley, the dynamic sophomore from Appling who plays midfield for the Brewton-Parker women's soccer team.
For example, in Saturday's match against Georgia-Alabama-Carolina Conference rival Brenau University in Gainesville, Mosley scored a goal, got knocked out going for a header then was given a red card by the referee.
Lady Barons coach Bill Glass is protesting the red card. "In the 40th minute, with the score 1-0 in our favor, Kelly came in for a hard tackle on an opposing player and came away with the ball," Glass said.
"The tackle was made in front of Brenau's bench, so naturally the Brenau players and coach started vociferously calling for a card, the center ran over and showed Mosley first a yellow, quickly followed by a red.
"When I asked the referee why he was sending Mosley off, he told me that was her second yellow, when I pointed out that she had not received a yellow prior to this incident, he simply turned around and walked off."
The red card forced the Lady Barons to play the remainder of the match with only 10 players. They picked up their intensity and delivered a real team effort in the second half but gave up two goals despite their best efforts.
"Our defense had just great team effort in the second half," Glass said. "Junior Anna Fry of Baldwin and freshman Ginny Ashley of Adel did a great job playing outside backs; senior Kendra Sewell of Canton was her reliable self as center back, sophomore Avianne Tobias of Toco, Trinidad and Tobago, had a great game at sweeper; and of course we have the best keeper in the conference with sophomore Michelle McRaven of Brunswick, who made nine saves in this game."
Helping keep pressure off the defense were midfielders Karen Taylor, junior from Burlington, Ontario; Brandi Culpepper, sophomore from Virginia Beach, Va.; Kasey Roach, freshman from Pooler; and Ashley Meyer, sophomore from Alma, Ontario.
"Ashley made a brilliant run on the ball in the 80th minute, beat the last defender and took a well-aimed shot on goal," Glass said. "Unfortunately, it hit the post and took an unlucky deflection." The match ended with a 2-1 loss for Brewton-Parker.
The Lady Barons, now 2-15-1 overall and 0-5-1 in the GACC will travel to Alabama later this week for their last two matches of the regular season. They will be in Montgomery to play the University of Auburn Montgomery in a GACC match Thursday at 2 p.m. and will be at Spring Hill College in Mobile on Friday for an 8 p.m. nonconference match.
"The red card means that Mosley can't play in the AUM game," Glass said of the situation in facing the conference leaders. "We will all miss her."
Brewton-Parker College sophomore midfielder Kelly Mosley (No. 15) looks to play a header attempted by Lady Barons sophomore forward Brandi Culpepper (No. 14) of Virginia Beach, Va., while teammate and freshman forward Brittany Evans (5) of Louisville, Ga., pursues from the back side in the Lady Barons' match against the University of St. Francis (Ind.) in the teams' nonconference game Oct. 15 at the Ed Moses Soccer Field on the Brewton-Parker campus in Mount Vernon. (Photo by Charles Conkin)