Barons on 9-game streak as GACC showdown looms Thursday
By Bill Glass
BPC Public Relations
MOUNT VERNON -- With its final conference game looming Thursday against the NAIA's No. 2 ranked team, the Brewton-Parker College men's soccer team almost overlooked last week's opponent in the Barons' final regular-season home match.
Although the final 4-2 victory count might not indicate such, the Barons played flat at the start of their non-conference match Thursday against North Greenville College (S.C.). With their timing and touch off, the Barons were down 1-0 at the half.
"I told them before the match that if they let North Greenville hang around more than 15 minutes we would be in trouble" said Ben Moore, the Barons' coach. "And that is what happened."
Fortunately for Moore, Brewton-Parker got reoriented during halftime and came out playing its game. "In the second half, they looked more like the team we have grown to know," Moore added.
Freshman midfielder DenisWarnier of Brussels, Belgium ignited the Barons' four-goal flurry when he settled a long bouncing ball at his feet at the top of the opponents' box then made a classic turn and ripped the ball into the netting at top right.
Warnier's goal, his first for Brewton-Parker, was followed by goals from junior Lee Powell of Rhondda, Wales, his team-high 10th; Jason Ford of Trincity, Trinidad and Tobago, his eighth of the year; and freshman Early Jackson of Statesboro, his seventh score.
Freshman Nick Reynolds of Richmond Hill was credited with one assist, as were Powell (his 16th) and Ford.
In the process of scoring four goals in the second half, however, the Barons gave up an unluckly goal off junior goalkeeper Oscar Rodriguez of Santa Rosa, Colombia.
"Oscar went up for a cross, lost control of it while bringing it down and the opposing player standing there put the loose ball in," Moore said.
Still, everyone was happy with the final result. The Barons also outshot North Greenville 25-8. "All-in-all, I was happy," Moore added.
The win extended Brewton-Parker's winning streak since Sept. 9 to nine and improved its overall record to 10-4.
The Barons take a 4-1 record in Georgia-Alabama-Carolina Conference play into Thursday's key conference match-up in Montgomery Ala., against No. 2 ranked Auburn University Montgomery at 5 p.m.
AUM (11-1-1 overall) is undefeated in conference play this year at 5-0, and the winner of Thursday's game likely would get the No. 1 seed and a first-round bye into the GACC's Final Four tournament in Montgomery on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1.
On Saturday, the Barons close out their regular-season schedule against Spring Hill College in Mobile, Ala., at 7 p.m.
If Brewton-Parker finishes third in the GACC standings, the Barons would be at home for a first-round GACC postseason tournament match on Tuesday, Oct. 28. Reinhardt College entered the week with a 3-1-1 conference record and would capture the No. 2 seed and first-round bye if AUM wins Thursday and the Eagles win Saturday.
Brewton-Parker College freshman forward Nick Reynolds (center) of Richmond Hill dribbles around a North Greenville College (S.C.) defender while two Baron teammates -- Juan Castellanos (15), a senior defender from Bogota, Colombia, and Denis Warnier (12), a freshman midfielder from Brussels, Belgium -- close in on the play during first-half action of the teams' Oct. 16 nonconference game, won by the Barons 4-2, at the Ed Moses Soccer Field on the Brewton-Parker campus in Mount Vernon. The Barons improved to 10-4 overall with their ninth straight win and will take a 4-1 record in Georgia-Alabama-Carolina Conference play to Auburn University Montgomery (Ala.) on Thursday for their final GACC match. (Photo by Charles Conkin)