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Men's Soccer - Sun, Aug. 24, 2014

Temple falls to Bryan College in Season Opener.


Despite a first-half comeback, a host of chances, and a brave performance by the Crusaders, Bryan College managed to survive Thursday's night match-up and prevail with a hard-fought 2-1 victory.


Heading into the first game of the new 2014-15 soccer season, Head Coach Ignacio Ortiz confidently named twelve athletic freshmen in his nineteen-man squad.


Returners, Jack Fairbrother, Ryan Bolton (captain), Jonathan Dale, Robert Moody, Leo Burgess, Mario Paiva, and transfer Gerardo Mondragon, rounded off a very well balanced Crusader team.


The opening phases of the game saw both teams trade possession and tackles. The first chance, however, fell to Tennessee Temple following a clumsy challenge on the edge of Bryan's box. Junior Midfield player

Mario Paiva stepped up and struck a curling free kick, only to see his effort get blocked by the wall.


Temple continued to compete well in an absorbing opening season encounter but fell behind midway through the first-half when Junior Midfielder Joel Glover connected with a corner kick at the near post, heading the ball home from six-yards.


However, it did not take long for Temple to find an appropriate response. After a short period of concerted pressure, the Crusaders were finally awarded a free kick just outside the Lion's area. From the ensuing cross, the ball ricocheted off several players before finding its way to Freshman Defender Ross McGuigan in front of goal. McGuigan made no mistake with a smart finish, leveling the contest and giving him his first goal in Temple colors.


Following the equalizer, Temple continued to apply pressure to the Lions defense but both teams were eventually forced to settle for a half-time stalemate.


It was Bryan who got the second-half under way but, coming out in high-spirits, it was the Crusaders who started the brightest. Capitalizing on a poor pass in the midfield, Freshman Striker Lewis Butcher sprinted past two defenders before hitting his shot just over the opposition's goal.


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Bryan College finally broke the impasse and regained the lead with a goal around the hour mark. After some quick link up play down the left side, the ball was headed into the path of Senior Midfielder, Charles Boehms. Boehms made no mistake from close range with a powerful strike into the roof of the net.


Once again, Temple responded in a determined fashion and managed to create a host of good opportunities.  The Crusaders threw caution to wind as time ran down and recorded seven shots on goal in total, with efforts from Gerardo Mondragon and Mario Paiva coming closest to snatching a draw.


Despite failing to find an equalizer, Head Coach Ignacio Ortiz managed to find the positives out of the contest: "I was very pleased with the attitude of the team. It was a difficult game against a very experienced team. We played hard and never gave up – it's a good performance to build on for our young team".