Reinhardt’s men’s soccer team put on a show for their fans in Waleska as they fought hard in an extended double overtime match-up against visiting Bryan College.
Reinhardt (10-3) entered the first half with an abundance of energy and jumped out to an early lead over Bryan College (11-0-2) with a goal from Dodge Palmisano.
“Every player who was playing from the beginning or stepped onto the field brought a lot of energy for the team,” Torge Wiedenroth, Reinhardt’s goalie, said.
The teams provided a swarming defensive game as both teams only combined for a total of 11 shots and 4 saves at halftime.
Entering the second half of the match, Bryan College’s Pablo Idieder answered with a goal of his own with an assist from teammate Brad Spooner, tying the game 1-1. Both teams fought through the remainder of the half without scoring as each team’s defense performed strongly. With an undecided victor at the end of regulation, they advanced to the first overtime of the night.
Wiedenroth held Bryan College scoreless with his only save of the period. The Eagles were unable to capitalize from Wiedenroth’s save as they could not come up with a goal of their own to end the match in overtime.
The action-packed game extended by entering the second overtime of the night. Reinhardt, as well as Bryan College, continued their stifling defenses until closing minutes of period 4. Bryan College’s Charlie Clark scored the final goal to dagger the Eagles with a 2-1 victory in double overtime. Emotions ran high, but Reinhardt kept their heads up as they were pleased with their efforts as a team.
“The team unity was outstanding tonight. The end was unfortunate for us, but overtime can go in either direction easily,” Wiedenroth said.
The Eagles fought to make things happen in their favor, but the outcome played in the favor of a well coached Bryan College team.
“We worked well as a team and created enough chances to win the game. It just didn’t fall for us in the end,” Todd Fidler, a sophomore midfielder, said.
The Eagles will try to bounce back from a shocking loss as they face off against Union College this Saturday at Ken White Field in Waleska at 7:30 p.m.
Written By: Aaron Simmons. Photo By: Aaron Simmons
Nationally ranked Reinhardt walloped Bluefield College 64-3 to kick off a day filled with sporting events over Family Weekend.
Reinhardt, ranked No. 5 in the NAIA, started the game in exciting fashion as defender Jalen Holloman leveled Bluefield’s kickoff returner in a powerful show of force.
In the first quarter, the Eagles defense stopped Bluefield’s opening drive with a forced fumble by Marcus Miller and recovery by Juice Arnold. The Eagles offense seemed to be firing on all cylinders as the offense scored on their first three possessions, finishing the quarter with a 21-0 lead. Bluefield answered back with a field goal to make the game 21-3. The Eagles scored three more touchdowns to take a 41-3 lead into halftime. Reinhardt appeared to be nothing less than focused entering the second half as they tacked on two touchdowns to a lead that was already out of reach.
“We came into the game focused this week, and we felt like nothing would hold us back from pulling away with the W,” said tight end, Quantavious Williams.
Reinhardt’s focus didn’t let up entering the third quarter, and the team added two more touchdowns to extend their lead to 55-3. In the fourth quarter, the Reinhardt defense kept Bluefield scoreless and added 9 more points from a safety and touchdown by Deonte Dennis.
“Our defense is one of the best in the nation for a reason. Week in and week out, our scout teams try to give our starters the best looks as possible during practice so they can dominate at game time,” said lineman Scooter Williams.
The Eagles backfield combined for a total of 7 rushing touchdowns and piled on 392 rushing yards. Rushers Deonte Dennis, Dominique Swope, Ryan Thompson and Jay Ashley were responsible for the touchdowns. Reinhardt was also successful with their passing game as senior quarterback Ryan Thompson connected with Tyler Bradley, and quarterback Jay Ashley connected with Williams.
Reinhardt’s defense has not allowed a single touchdown on their home field this season. The Eagles advanced to 5-0 with the win.
The Eagles will be back on the road this week as they travel to Montgomery, Alabama to take on Faulkner University at 1:30 p.m.
Written By: Aaron Simmons. Photos By: Aaron Simmons