BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - In his first game as a Union College Bulldog, sophomore Jordan Gill (SO/London, England) scored the eventual game-winner in the first half, lifting the men's soccer team to a 1-0 win over St. Catharine (Ky.) on Friday afternoon. The match was a part of the 2014 Thomas Trammell Memorial Classic.
With the win in their 2014 season opener, Union moved to 1-0 on the season, while St. Catharine fell to 1-1 with the defeat.
"First off, I want to thank St. Catharine for coming here and playing us on such short notice, it meant a lot," said head coach Tyler Brock. "As for the match, I'm satisfied. We got a shutout victory and our kids came back from some adversity throughout the match.
"I can't say enough about our bench, especially Tanner Forrest (FR/La Grange, Ky.) who came on and changed the match for us. CJ Hopkins (JR/Surrey, England) made some great plays in the second half, if he didn't it would've been a different result. Overall, it was a quality win for us."
In the first half, both teams failed to muster much of anything on each other, as SCC held a slim 2-1 advantage on shots entering the 30th minute of regulation.
There, the Bulldogs broke the scoreless tie, as Josh Arberry (SO/Keynsham, England) sent a through ball to the far side of the box. After the ball bounced off a few St. Catharine defenders, Gill was able to collect it, and successfully fire a shot past Patriot goalie CJ Powell to give the Bulldogs a one-goal lead.
That lead held through the intermission, and in the second half, both teams had chances to score goals. On three separate occasions, the Patriots had opportunities right in front of the net to tie the match up. But, each time, Hopkins came up with a save, preserving the shutout for Union in the process.
The Patriots last chance to score came in the 85th minute, as they were awarded a corner kick. They, however, could not cash in on the chance, as the Bulldogs played keep away over the final five minutes to clinch their first win of the 2014 season.
Overall, Union held a 9-7 edge on shots in the win, along with a 6-3 advantage on corner kicks. For Hopkins, it was the junior's second shutout victory of his career, the last coming early last season against Brescia (Ky.). Meanwhile, Arberry's assist was the second of his career.
The Bulldogs finish off the 2014 Thomas Trammell Memorial Classic with a match against Crown (Tenn.) on Saturday. Kick-off at Burch/Nau Field is set for 12 noon.