November 13, 2015– The Bryan College Men’s Soccer Team advance to the Appalachian Athletic Conference Tournament Championship game after blanking the Knights of St. Andrews 4-0 in the semifinals Wednesday.
The Championship game is set for this evening, Friday, November 13, at 7 P.M. and will be played in Dayton, Tenn., on the campus of Bryan College.
The Lions jumped out to an early lead when only seven minutes into the match Miles Christian found an open Charlie Clarke, netting the first of his two goals for the match. Bryan kept the momentum going, scoring less than two minutes later from a Jason Ward strike. Kevin Roenpage tallied his 10th assist of the year on Ward’s first goal of the season and in his career.
The Lion’s defense limited the Knights play as Bryan outshot St. Andrews 12-5 in the first half. The Lions took a 2-0 lead into the half.
Clarke kept the offensive display rolling, sending his second strike passed the St. Andrew’s goalkeeper and giving the Lions a 3-0 lead five minutes into the second half. Roenpage added to his stats with his second assist of the match.
Freshman of the Year and Golden Boot Winner, Rafael Mentzingen, gave the Lions their fourth and final goal of the match, sealing the semifinal victory and sending the Bryan College Lions to the title match. Roenpage made the connection with Mentzingen, producing three assists in the match.
The goal by Clarke gives him the #1 spot outright in the AAC, as he now is the AAC individual stats leader in total goals, compiling 15 this year. Mentzingen is now ranked third in the total goals column, bringing his total to 13. Roenpage’s three-assist outing earns him the #1 position as the AAC total assists leader with 12 this season.
The dominating play by Bryan was easily recognizable as the Lions outshot the Knights 25-13, and only two shots managed to be shots on goal for St. Andrews. Lion’s goalkeepers Josue’ Fernandez and Alex Horton each earned one save, respectively.
The win brings the Lion’s overall record to 13-4-2, and now the Lions have their full attention on the Championship game, which will be against No. 16 Union College Bulldogs (Ky.) after they topped Truett-McConnell College (Ga.) 2-0 yesterday in their semifinals match.
After a well-constructed performance by the Lions and siginificant win, Head Bryan College Lions Men’s Soccer Coach and AAC Coach of the Year, Drew Courtney said, “I thought Kevin played very well for us tonight and helped set the tone early. We still had stretches of inconsistent play but we were able to keep a clean sheet and move onto the finals.”
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Written by Wesley Sanders ’15, sports information director.