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Bruins thwart TTU Crusaders in lopsided 10-1 victory

Stephen Lovelace puts the ball past the Crusaders’ goalkeeper, giving the Bruins their 10th goal of the evening. Photo: Luke Cleland

The Bruins’ offense wasn’t bothered by the cold weather as BJU defeated the Tennessee Temple Crusaders 10-1 on Monday night.

BJU scored early and often as they ran away with the game.

Tommy Sims started the goal fest with a beautiful curling free kick from 20 yards out in the sixth minute. Matt Moore followed suit, scoring in the 10th minute on a low cross from Jordan Allen. Moore tallied his second goal less than four minutes later with a free kick that rivaled Sims’ in flair and placement.

BJU was awarded a penalty kick in the 26th minute after a hard foul by TTU in the goalie box. David Overly put the ball past the Crusaders’ goalie to extend the Bruins’ lead to four.

Allen added his first goal of the night four minutes later after receiving a low cross from Travis Woodham right in front of the goal.

Bruins goalie Jon Sandy attempted the second penalty kick with less than two minutes left in the half, but Tennessee’s goalie got his hand on the ball just in time.

Mark Sterr reached the ball before Tennessee’s goalie in the 49th minute and volleyed it into the open net. Mark Bonikowsky tallied a goal eight minutes later after a solid pass from Sterr.

Woodham looked to score in the 79th minute, but it was his teammate Ben Sexton who picked up the rebound and buried the ball in the back of the net.

Sims scored his second goal of the night in the 84th minute on an assist from Ryan McCarty.

Stephen Lovelace made the goalie freeze with a slick move and scored just two minutes later to finish off the perfect 10.

Tennessee’s sole goal came when Ezequiel Nunez put a penalty kick past John Wiser in the 88th minute.

“We’re playing as a unit now,” Coach Jesse McCormick said, highlighting the team’s improvement on both the offensive and defensive lines since the beginning of the season. “The speed of play offensively [and] defensively is better as a team.”

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Bruins thwart TTU Crusaders in lopsided 10-1 victory