Bryan Men's Soccer Advances To AAC Title Game Against Virginia Intermont

Friday, November 15, 2013

As the No. 1 seed in the Appalachian Athletic Conference Tournament, the Bryan College men's soccer team hosted No. 5 Point University Thursday.  The Lions fell behind quickly as they gave up a goal less than two minutes into the game.  However, Bryan tied the game six minutes later.  Just before the break, the Lions scored to take a 2-1 lead into halftime.  The offense started rolling in the second half as they added four more goals to win 6-1.  The Lions are now 14-3 on the season.

Joel Glover tied the game for the Lions in the 9th minute. Daniel Branley hit a first touch pass through the defense to Glover, who took a touch and placed the ball in the bottom left corner.  Branley scored the second goal, which turned out to be his NAIA leading 10th game winning goal of the season. Alan da Costa played the ball to Branley who flipped it up and lobbed the keeper.

Glover scored less than five minutes into the second half.  Da Costa crossed the ball to the back post, and Glover hit it first time into the net. Ryan Griswold scored in the 72nd minute off of a give and go with Branley that got him in behind the defense and he placed it past the keeper.  Glover scored his third goal in the 76th minute as he hit a beautiful shot from about 25 yards out off of an assist from Jorge Gonzalez Giron.  Griswold concluded the scoring with his second goal in the 85th minute. Zach McCown crossed the ball into the box, Branley flicked it on, and Griswold finished it.

Bryan recorded 18 shots for the game, 8 were on frame.  Point tallied 10 shots, 4 were on frame.

Bryan Head Coach Joey Johnson stated, "We have a lot of respect for what Coach Franca has done this year with the Point University program.  They have evolved in a short time into a formidable opponent in the AAC.  I was pleased with the way our guys responded to adversity early in the game.  We stuck together and our belief in each other was unshaken.  The creativity in the attacking third was very good and work rate on the defensive side of the ball steadily improved throughout the match. Joel Glover had a standout game, and his finishing was clinical on the evening. Ryan Griswold provided a big spark for us off the bench with his two quality goals.  Freshman Josh Smotherman had the best game to date in the red and white.   The leadership of our Junior and Senior class was really solid tonight.  In the end, it was clearly a team effort this evening.  We look forward to playing on Saturday night here at home."

The Lions play again on Saturday at home in the championship game.  They will take on the Cobras of Virginia Intermont College.  Kickoff is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.


Lady Vols Overtake Florida Late, 74-70

A late run by Tennessee helped give the Lady Vols a 74-70 victory over the Florida Gators on Senior Night at Thompson-Boling Arena. Mercedes Russell led UT's offense, getting her 16th double-double of the season, with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Diamond DeShields just missed a triple-double, posting 15 points, 10 rebounds and a career-high nine assists. UT got a late push ... (click for more)

Lee Women Fall to West Florida 74-69

 After trailing by as many as 20 points in the first half the Lee women's basketball team saw its comeback effort come up just short in falling to West Florida, 74-69 on Thursday night. The win sealed the first ever Gulf South Conference regular-season championship for the No. 20 Argonauts as they improved to 22-5 and 17-4. The loss drops Lee into third place in the league ... (click for more)

Lawsuit Charges That Georgia Law Firm Stole One Of The Woodmore Elementary Cases From Chattanooga Attorneys

A Circuit Court lawsuit charges that one of the Woodmore Elementary bus wreck cases was stolen from a Chattanooga law firm by Georgia attorneys just shortly after the Nov. 21 tragic crash that killed six students and injured others. It is illegal in Tennessee for attorneys to contact victims of a tragedy for 30 days after the incident. The lawsuit brought by Carl Lewis, father ... (click for more)

Stubbs Arrested In Carjacking At Lakesite McDonald's; SWAT Team Takes Him Into Custody After Struggle At Dayton Pike Apartment

The Sheriff's Office has arrested Jonathan Casey Stubbs in connection with a Feb. 13 carjacking at the parking lot of the McDonald's in Lakesite. Stubbs, 28, who gave his address as Ringgold, is charged with carjacking, aggravated robbery, aggravated kidnapping, resisting arrest, unlawfully carrying a weapon and three counts of violating probation on prior aggravated burglary ... (click for more)

CVB Should Share Financials With The Home Folks

The recent debate over the Convention and Visitor's Bureau's funding and budget has gotten ugly. A Hamilton County commissioner has asked questions and made comments about the CVB. The director of the CVB has organized a campaign to dismiss the commissioner's questions and comments. The children on the playground are choosing sides and nothing useful seems to be happening. It's ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Haggling Must Stop

Far be it for me to suggest the Hamilton County Commission and the School Board need to spend more time at recess but it was obvious this week the two groups need to work at being better friends. We have nine county commissioners and just as many corresponding school board members to work together for the betterment of one entity – Hamilton County. Everybody who thinks that is happening ... (click for more)