BPC Soccer Wraps Up Season
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The Brewton-Parker College soccer teams finished off the regular season last week. The women lost to Life University, while the men won over Middle Georgia, fell to Life, and then lost to Dalton State.
Women vs. Life
Brewton-Parker women’s soccer traveled to Marietta, Ga. to take on Life (Ga.) in the season finale on Thursday night.
The Lady Barons (411-1, 1-6-1 SSAC) were outmatched against the Running Eagles (7-5-2, 5-2-1 SSAC) in the 4-1 defeat. Julissa Sanchez opened things up in the 10th minute, releasing the first shot of the match which was denied by the Life keeper. The Running Eagles struck first in the 12th minute to lead 1-0.
Megan Parker produced BPC’s second shot on goal in the 27th minute, resulting in another save by Life. In the 35th minute, Kortnee Powers took her chances offensively with a denied shot on frame. The Running Eagles snuck an additional goal in the net in the final seconds of the half to lead by a two-goal advantage.
Life added one more score to the tally in the 53rd minute to lead 3-0 before the Lady Barons responded in the 57th minute with a goal of their own. Yesenia Zamudio found the back of the net with the help of Beata Chako to minimize the deficit to two goals. In the 65th minute, Life notched one more goal to lead 4-1. The Running Eagle defense came in clutch during the 77th minute as one of Chako’s attempts on frame was saved by the Life backline, denying the Lady Barons yet again. Life held a 27-9 advantage in overall shots while also leading 15-6 in shots on goal. Six different Lady Barons notched a shot on goal led by Chako with a goal on two total attempts. Kelsie Stapler produced 11 saves in 90 minutes of action Thursday’s match marks the end of the 2022 campaign for the Lady Barons. BPC finished eighth in the SSAC with a total of four points on a 1-6-1 conference record.
Men vs. Mid. Georgia
Brewton-Parker men’s soccer hosted Middle Georgia on Tuesday night to continue SSAC action. The Barons also honored eight senior student-athletes prior to the match.
The Barons (2-9-2, 2-3-1 SSAC) secured the Senior Night win with three unanswered goals against the Knights (1-121, 1-5-1 SSAC) in a second- half comeback effort. Prior to kick-off, the eight students that were honored were Jamair Stewart, Jacob Shield, Garrett Lane, Elijah Trujillo, Jade Oliver, Jashad Howard, Cesar Lopez, and Joshua Daughtry.
“Step one is done,” Head Coach Bob Neumann said. “It’s nice to get a win, and after the lackluster performance in the first half, credit goes to the guys for getting things right early in the second half.”
“Rivalry matches are always difficult and credit to Middle Georgia for their work throughout the match,” Neumann added. “The seniors deserved this, as did the rest of the program. We are now looking toward Life University on Thursday.”
The first half started out stale for both sides as minimal offense was produced. Brewton-Parker rendered just one shot on frame in the half, coming off the foot of Derventz Altidor in the 24th minute.
Middle Georgia’s lone shot on goal found the back of the net in the 44th minute, securing a 1-0 advantage just before the break.
Brewton-Parker opened the second half with a pair of early shots on goal, pressuring the Knights’ defense swiftly. BPC found the equalizing goal and an offensive spark as Altidor slotted a shot past the MGA keeper with the assist coming from Lopez in the 51st minute.
The Barons returned with another goal just three minutes later in the 54th minute as Oliver managed to find the back of the net. Brewton-Parker produced its third goal of the night from the penalty spot when Shield found himself in a prime position to put the Barons up two goals. In the 59th minute, Shield found the corner of the goal off a penalty kick to give BPC a 3-1 advantage which was eventually held on to for the win.
BPC narrowly edged out MGA 12-11 in total shots and 7-5 in shots on goal. Stewart earned the start as the Barons’ goalkeeper, producing two saves in 90 minutes. Altidor was the offensive workhorse for Brewton-Parker with four shots overall and three on goal with one finding the net. Shield’s penalty kick was his third goal of the season and is 3-for-3 from the penalty spot. Oliver secured his second goal of the season.
Men vs. Lfe Brewton-Parker men’s soccer traveled to Marietta, Ga. to face No. 17-ranked Life (Ga.) on Thursday night. The Barons (2-10-2, 2-4-1 SSAC) dropped in the 5-1 defeat against the Running Eagles (11-2-1, 5-2-1 SSAC). BPC recorded the first shot of the match as Elijah Trujillo’s attempt sailed high. Life responded with three unanswered attempts with one landing on frame to give a chance for Sven Marnot to record a save. The Running Eagles scored in the 16th minute to lead 1-0.
In the 18th minute, Jade Oliver equalized through the air by connecting on a set piece from Landon Brafford to draw the match to 1-1. Oliver managed to get a head on the ball to find the back of the net. Life notched an additional four shots before eventually sliding one past Marnot in the 26th minute to lead 2-1. The Barons were denied in the 41st minute as Derventz Alitdor’s attempt was saved by the Life backline. The Running Eagles produced a trio of attempts that landed wide of the goal to open the second half. Altidor was denied yet again by a defensive save in the 55th minute as Life’s backline continued to keep the Barons from adding to the tally. Shortly after the Running Eagles found their third goal of the match in the 56th minute. In the 76th minute, Life managed to jump to a threegoal advantage to lead 4-1. The Running Eagles slotted home a fifth goal in the 82nd minute to lead 5-1 over the Barons. The Life defense held tough for the remainder of the match keeping Brewton-Parker from registering a single shot to close out the final minutes.
Life held a 32-6 advantage in overall shot attempts while also leading 11-3 in shots on goal. Altidor led the BPC attack with two shots on frame while Oliver had the lone goal. In 90 minutes of play, Marnot notched six saves for Brewton-Parker.
Men vs. Dalton St.
With a postseason berth on the line for Brewton-Parker men’s soccer, the No. 1-ranked team in the NAIA, Dalton State (Ga.) visited Mount Vernon for the regular season finale on Saturday afternoon. BPC needed to produce at least a draw to secure a postseason berth into the SSAC playoffs or a win to spoil DSC’s