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Bruins men’s intercollegiate soccer team defeats Point University, women’s team dominates Suns

Design: Charis Marshall; Text: Adam Gingery and Brandon Valadez; Photo: Molly Waits

The Bruins men won their third straight game in dramatic fashion as they edged past the Point University Skyhawks 3-2 in overtime last Saturday night. Sophomore Matt Moore continued his unprecedented offensive numbers with yet another goal and two assists, while senior Stephen Lovelace and sophomore Vincent Wilson added a goal apiece.

Wilson struck first for BJU four minutes into the game when he finished a cross from Moore at the six-yard line. The Bruins defense had their hands full with a quick Skyhawks offense, led by juniors Philip Pressgrove and Ruan Da Costa, but the back line was able to keep up, and junior Joseph Wooster continued his excellent play as the Bruins starting goalkeeper.

Lovelace added another goal with 17 minutes remaining in the half to put the Bruins up 2-0, and more tight goalkeeping by Wooster preserved the 2-goal lead going into halftime.

The second half brought several golden scoring opportunities for Moore, but he was unable to capitalize. The Bruins appeared to score on what seemed to be a valid through ball at the 26-minute mark, but it was called back due to an off-side player. Five minutes later, Pressgrove took advantage of a Bruins miscue at the 6-yard line and snatched an easy goal for the Skyhawks, bringing the score to within one.

Just a couple of minutes later, the Skyhawks floated an awkward cross into the box. Pressgrove, pinning his defender behind him, headed the ball backward over the head of Wooster, caught off his line, and scored an unlikely goal to tie the game.

Skyhawk goalie Tony Olvera proved why he is one of the best in the league with masterful goalkeeping to keep the game tied, including a point-blank save on a header in the box and a breakaway save on sophomore Travis Woodham as the clock ran out.

Overtime began much the same way that the second half ended, with the Bruins creating several scoring opportunities and holding possession. The winning goal finally came when Moore received the rebound of freshman Eric Moisant’s shot, fired the ball into the net, and sent the Bruins into a dog pile.

The Bruins women likewise took their third win in as many games in a lopsided victory against Division II Johnson Bible University on Saturday night.

The women didn’t get their first goal until the middle of the first half, when senior Rebecca Luttrell dribbled down the field and scored a goal single-handedly to get things started. An own-goal followed from the Suns, then three more goals from senior Rachel Niarchos, sophomore Jennifer Wise and freshman Morgan McCarty in the last 18 minutes of the half made the score 5-0 at halftime.

The party didn’t continue until mid-second half when sophomore Spencer Martin sank a well-placed shot to increase the Bruins’ lead to six. Sophomore Lauren Peek added two more goals to finish the scoring and give the Bruins women a dominant 8-0 win.

“It’s definitely going to boost our confidence,” Peek said. “We did a much better job passing and swinging the ball. That’s what we’ve been working on.”

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