The Bears of Truett McConnell University faced off against the Nighthawks of Thomas University, who were ranked #20 in the nation coming into the match.
The majority of the action took place in the second half, after a highly contested first half played by both squads. However, by the beginning of the first half, the Bears found themselves down 1-0.
Though they were down, the Bears continued their relentless pursuit for an equalizer. Their efforts would result in a goal from Victor Clemente, assisted by Felipe Nunez in the forty-ninth minute. This score would merely fuel the Bears’ hunger for goals. Clemente would score his second goal off of a pass from Joao Costa in the sixty-fifth minute, and the Bears still had more scoring to do. Though the Bears found themselves down a man by this point, Jacob Sharpscored the Bears’ third goal in the eighty-first minute, giving his team a 3-1 lead with less than ten minutes left in the match. The Nighthawks were able to answer with a goal of their own in the eighty-second minute, but the damage had been done and the Bears would hold on to win their fifth match of the season with a score of 3-2.
“It was a great team effort today!” said Coach Rob Miller. Miller would go on to explain how proud he was of his team’s showing today, especially how they were able to keep their composure while playing with a man down in the final portion of the match. Looking forward Miller said, “We have got good momentum going into conference play next weekend, but first we have a tough game against Oglethorpe on Wednesday.” The Bears’ matchup against Oglethorpe will kickoff at 5pm in Atlanta.
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