DAYTON, Tenn. - Host Bryan (Tenn.) scored goals in both halves, on their way to besting the Union College men's soccer team, 2-0, on Wednesday evening in Appalachian Athletic Conference action.
With the loss, Union fell to 3-3-1 overall on the year, 1-2 in the AAC, while Bryan improved to 5-1 overall, 3-0 in the AAC with the victory.
"We played a great game defensively, but we just came up short," said head coach Tyler Brock. "Our middle of Callum Tychowski, Thales Galan, and Joe Butcher all had great matches. But, we came up short, some things happened that were out of our control. We just have to keep playing our game, create some chances, and continue to have our younger guys get more experience."
In the first half, the host Lions cracked the scoreboard with a goal in the 28th minute by Daniel Braley to take a 1-0 lead. Bryan kept the 1-0 lead into the half, and held the lead throughout the second half, stymieing the Union offense. The Lions put the match away in the 76th minute, as Ryan Girswold scored the go-ahead goal to give Bryan a two-score lead.
Union had their chances to score throughout the contest, and even outshot Bryan in the second half by an 8-5 margin. However, the Lion defense turned away the Bulldogs every time, as Bryan goalie Josh Oldroyd recorded the shutout win, making two saves in 90 minutes of action.
Overall, Bryan outshot Union by a slim 11-10 margin, with the Bulldogs holding a 6-2 edge on corner kicks. Union forward Alex Smith led the Bulldog attack, taking the only two shots on goal on the night for the squad.
The Bulldogs will look to bounce back on Saturday, continuing their road trip at out-of-conference foe Georgia Gwinnett. Things get underway at 1 p.m.