BEREA, Ky. - The Union College men's soccer team fought back from an early 1-0 deficit, scoring five straight goals (four of which in the second half) to roll past Berea (Ky.), 5-1, on Wednesday evening in NAIA action.
With the win, the Bulldogs improved to an even 4-4-1 on the year, while Berea fell to 3-5 overall with the loss.
"Jordan Johnson, Dawson Marcum, and Josh Arberry really came in and helped us out a lot beginning in the second half," said head coach Tyler Brock. "We played great in the second half, but it was just disappointing that it took us 45 minutes to start playing."
Early on, the host Mountaineers shocked the Bulldogs with a goal, as Shawn Ramos scored in the 25th minute to give Berea the early 1-0 lead. Union, however, quickly knotted the score back up at 1-1 right before the half, as Jonathan Watson scored. The score remained deadlocked at a goal apiece entering the half.
In the second half, the Bulldogs dominated play, scoring four goals, while not allowing one on the defensive end.
The Bulldogs took their first lead of the match early in the period, as Watson scored for the second time on the night after successfully converting a penalty kick to make it a 2-1 game. Union then extended the lead out to 3-1 in the 59th minute, as Arberry scored, giving the Bulldogs a two-score lead.
Union then put the match away with two goals over the next 11 minutes to take a four score lead in the 69th minute, as Thales Galan and Marcum scored. The deficit was too much for Berea to come back from, as the Bulldogs rolled to a big four-score win on the road.
By the Numbers
- For Watson, the two score night pushed his total goals scored on the year to six, matching teammate Alex Smith for the team lead in the category. Watson has now scored 27 goals in his three-year career.
- Both Arberry and Marcum scored their first career goals in the match. Meanwhile, Galan scored his first goal of the year, and the second on his Union career.
- With tonight's win, Union is now 14-5-0 all-time against Berea.
Union jumps back into Appalachian Athletic Conference play on Saturday, hosting Milligan (Tenn.) at Burch/Nau Field. Action gets underway at 4 p.m.