WALESKA, GA – Brescia University Men's Soccer traveled to Reinhardt University to take on Truett-McConnell on Friday. Truett-McConnell is coached by Rob Miller, who coached Head Coach Will Van Nostrand during his college career at Anderson University. Truett was 2-0 heading into the match vs Brescia, scoring 14 total goals and had yet to concede a goal against them in their two matches.
It would be Truett to open up the deadlock with a well placed penalty kick after Brescia handled the ball in the box. Then Truett would increase its lead to 2-0 on a nice cross and finish, with both Truett goals scored by Joao Costa, a 2016 NAIA All-American. Brescia would see the half out creating a couple of late chances, but could not find the scoresheet and the half would end 2-0 in favor of Truett.
Brescia would come out of half-time flying, as Kerby Edme (JR/Port-au-Prince, Haiti) would strip the ball from the Truett midfielder and play it to Ricardo Majano (SR/La Union, El Salvador). Majano would play in a low cross that the Truett goalkeeper would push out into the box where Edme would bury the rebound to cut the game to 2-1, just 23 seconds into the half.
Turett would bounce right back, with Costa picking up his hat-trick and extending the Truett lead to 3-1 at the 52 minute mark. The Truett lead would not last long as Jean Laurent (JR/Port-au-Prince, Haiti) would get the ball in the attacking half and play in Kerby Edme who would calmly dink the ball over the Truett keeper for his second of the match. Then just four minutes later Brescia would earn a corner, where Jean Laurent would play short to Ricardo Majano, who would set the ball back to Laurent, who in-swinging corner to the back post would be headed home by Karim Ndoye (SO/Newburgh, Indiana) to tie the match at 3-3.
Turett would then find a way to regain the lead with just over 20 minutes left in the match. Both teams would find ways to create chances, but the match would finish 4-3 in favor of Truett-McConnell. Truett extends their season record to 3-0 and the Bearcats fall to 1-2 on the year.
"I am incredibly proud of the performance these boys put in today. The day and conditions where less than ideal, but the boys played their socks off, stayed disciplined and put their hearts into the match. While our expectation is to always win, I think today we showed that we can play with anyone when we are disciplined and play for each other. I was very proud of today effort" stated Head Coach Van Will Nostrand.
Brescia is back in action on Saturday vs Reinhardt University with the kickoff at 4:30 EST.