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Women’s soccer soars over Union with hopes for conference championship No. 1 seed

Women's Soccer
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Reinhardt’s women’s soccer team shut out their opponent in front of an exhilarated crowd in Waleska as they defeated the Union Bulldogs 3-0. In result of their conference victory over Union, the No. 20 ranked Eagles will go head-to-head with Point University on Wednesday for the No. 1 seed of the conference championship.

Reinhardt (13-2) entered the Union match with only one loss in conference play. The Lady Eagles were led by scorers Katie Goodrich and Victoria Cassidy who combined for two of Reinhardt’s goals. Cassidy was the first to score a goal for Reinhardt. Eagle’s goalie, Taylor Asher, contributed to the team’s defensive success with a save to close out the period, taking the team into the half ahead of Union 1-0.

“I think the girls did a really good job taking care of business,” Andy Kaplan, Reinhardt’s head coach, said.

Reinhardt kicked off the final period of play with more energy than they initially started the game with as their stifling defense continued to disrupt a struggling Bulldog’s offense. The Eagles tallied up a total of five saves in the second half that resulted in a spark for the Eagles offense. A team goal, followed by a goal from Goodrich, resulted in the final two Reinhardt goals to close the shutout over Union.

“It was a good win. Union had just come off of a really big win over Point, so the fact that we were able to win 3-0 shows well for us. We were fighting to set up our game with point on Wednesday, and whoever wins that will win the conference,” Kaplan said.

The victory set the Lady Eagles up for a showdown with Point University this Wednesday in West Point, Georgia at 2 p.m. The winner of the game will be awarded the No. 1 seed for the AAC Championship.

 

Written By: Aaron Simmons. Photo By: Aaron Simmons

Men’s soccer suffers tough double overtime loss

Men's Soccer
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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