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Men's Soccer - Wed, Oct. 11, 2017

This week, the Montreat Cavaliers' men's soccer team made up two road games originally scheduled for last month in Florida that were postponed by the arrival of Hurricane Irma.

The first match of the trip was in Lakeland against Southeastern University on Monday. In that contest, the Cavs fell to the Fire (4-4-1), 1-0. "We came out slow and put in a poor first-half performance and went a goal down," said Bruce. 

The Cavaliers had 11 shots in the game, with two of them on goal against the Fire's keeper, Lionel Whitney. The game's sole goal was scored by Southeastern's Tyler Gay in the game's 32nd minute. Montreat goalie Miguel Tudon (SR/Vila-Real, Spain) made three saves on the afternoon.

"I was happy with the way we worked hard and kept cool heads for the whole game," said Bruce. 

The Cavs played the next day in Lake Wales against the Warner Royals, and this time came away with a 2-1 win. Montreat goals were registered by George Stanley (SR/West Yorkshire, England) and Andre Dinca (FR/Lisbon, Portugal).

It was the Royals who had the contest's first score when Rainier De Jesus put a ball past Tudon in the 27th minute of the game.That was the last score of the day for Warner, as Tudon again registered three saves. Dinca's goal came in the game's 37th minute, while Stanley tallied his 27 seconds before the halftime break. The teams were scoreless in the second half. 

"I was very proud of how the guys pushed through heavy legs from the short turnaround time and didn't give up," said Bruce. The head coach also praised the number of chances created by his squad and their work ethic in defeating the Royals (4-4-3).

The Cavs face the Bryant Lions at home this Saturday. "We are ready to get back into conference play again and challenge ourselves against a good team," said Bruce. 

Next up: Montreat faces Bryan College (8-5, 4-1) at 3:30 PM on Saturday at Pulliam Stadium. The game will be preceded by Montreat women's soccer team facing Bryan at 1 p.m.

Pictured: Afonso Vieira (FR/Portugal) (L) and Francisco Prado (SO/Quito, Ecuador) (R)

Photo credit: Montreat Athletics

 
 
 
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