ATHENS, Tenn. - A 2-1 victory is how the Union College men's soccer team opened the 2008 Appalachian Athletic Conference season at Tennessee Wesleyan College on Saturday. This is the first time Union has started AAC play at 1-0.
The last time the Bulldogs started a conference season with a 1-0 record was in their final year as a member of the Mid-South Conference in 2001. Union has been a member of the AAC since 2002.
To go with their 1-0 AAC mark, the Bulldogs improved to 4-1-2 overall. On the other side, Tennessee Wesleyan fell to 1-3-1 overall and 0-1 in the AAC.
The game-winning goal camewith eight minutes left from Tyler Baker (Burlington, Ky.) off a corner kick that was deflected from Aaron Miller's head (Cincinnati, Ohio). Miller received the ball from Jonathan Sutton (Porsmouth, England) via a corner kick.
Miller used his head to put Union aheadin the 61st minute. Sutton once again delivered a corner kick and Miller went up to head it into the back of the goal.
Tennessee Wesleyan tied the match at one apiece in the 75th minute.
The scoreless tie was almost broken in the middle of the opening half, but Union's Mbizo Mzamane (Johannesburg, South Africa) took a penalty kick that hit off the post.
In goal for Union Jonathan Shaw (Merseyside, England) recorded two saves.
"Today was the most aggressive we have played all year," Union head coach Tyler Brock said. "However we could not put anything away."
The Bulldogs took 22 shots, but only six were on goal. Tennessee Wesleyan attempted 10 shots. Union also held the advantage in the corner kick category, 11-8.
Union will host Berea (Ky.) College for a 4 p.m. match on Wednesday.