2017 Men's Soccer
Record: 8-7-1 Home: 3-3-1 Away: 5-4 AAC: 1-6
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Despite the Skyhawks late rally, TMU was able to narrowly escape with the win, 3-2.
(25)Truett-McConnell University
Men's Soccer - Wed, Oct. 11, 2017

CLEVELAND, Ga.   The Truett McConnell University Bears (11-1-2; 3-1-1 AAC) scored two first-half goals, one second-half goal and held off a late comeback attempt by the visiting Point University Skyhawks (7-6-1; 1-5-0 AAC), to escape with a narrow victory, 3-2, in Wednesday, Oct. 11 Appalachian Athletic Conference men's soccer action at the TMU Soccer Complex in Cleveland, Ga.  


The match seemed to be all TMU early, with the Bears netting two quick goals at 3:25 and 8:34 to grab an early 2-0 lead.  Point settled in and found some rhythm in order to cut into the Bears' advantage at 23:43 when senior forward Juan Domingo (Alto, GA) controlled a pass from sophomore midfielder Christian Howell (Smiths Station, AL) and placed the ball in the back of the net to make it one-goal contest, 2-1.


Neither team would score for the remainder of the first half, but the Bears offense scored quickly coming out of the break with a goal by midfielder Giovanni Giraudo at 53:19 to increase their lead to 3-1, assisted by forward Joao Costa who scored both of TMU's first-half goals.


Domingo brought the Skyhawks back within one goal again with his second score of the day at 71:48 off of an assist from freshman forward Juan Gomez (Malaga, Spain), but despite Point's best efforts to force overtime with multiple shot-on-goal attempts toward the end of the game, TMU held off the Skyhawks to pick up its third conference win of the season, 3-2.


The Skyhawks got off 14 shots during the contest, six on goal and had seven corner kicks, and the Bears totaled 13 shots, seven on goal with just one corner kicks.


Point goalkeeper Jacob Price (Hereford, U.K.) started and played the entire match, allowing three goals and making three saves, and TMU goalkeeper Evan Gaffney started and played the entire match for the Bears, allowing two goals while making four saves.


NEXT MATCH:  Coached by Jonathan Lenarz, Point hosts Bluefield College (Va.) for an Appalachian Athletic Conference match, Saturday, Oct. 14, at 5:00 p.m., at River Bowl Stadium in West Point, Ga.