- Cross Country
The Tennessee Wesleyan College men's soccer team traveled the short distance down I-75 to Chattanooga to play Tennessee Temple University at Camp Jordan Park. The teams have had very contrasting fortunes this season, Temple have struggled winning only one game, where as TWC has won nine and lost only two.
TWC started the game as if they already had the game in the bag, Temple came out with something to prove and were looking the most likely to open the scoring. Only the excellence of Josh Leader in the TWC goal kept Temple out. TWC eventually woke up and began to dominate possession. They created a few chances through Garrett Koon's good play on the right. TWC was definitely knocking at the Temple door, but they managed to keep them out the entire first half. The half time score was TWC 0 Temple 0.
TWC came out for the second half the way they should have for the first and opened the scoring after forty eight minutes. John Carrier did some good work down the TWC right wing. He beat his marker, drew the Temple goal keeper out and slid the ball across the penalty box to the grateful Luke Winter who slotted the ball into the corner of the net. The flood gates were now well and truly open and TWC's second goal came four minutes after their first. TWC's Matt Cardin played a long ball into the Temple box towards Winter, he controlled it with aplomb and laid it back to Martyn Freestone who curled a lavish drive into the bottom corner of the Temple goal.
TWC kept pushing forward and made it three when Daniel Cardona managed to audaciously control a high driven ball with his chest and cross it into the Temple box towards Winter. Winter somehow managed to beat a defender to the ball and slammed a flying half volley into the top corner of the Temple net. Winter made it four for TWC and completed his fourth hat trick of the season when Freestone put his body on the line challenging for a long ball with the Temple goal keeper. Freestone managed to get to the ball first and touched it back to Winter who from just outside the Temple box side footed the ball into the open net.
With thirteen minutes left the rout was completed when Nigel Lake won the ball for TWC, his blistering pace took him past his defender, he played the ball to John Carrier who took the ball at speed and struck a rasping right footed drive into the top corner of the Temple goal. It was another contender for TWC goal of the season and no more than Carrier deserved for his tireless work throughout the game.
The final score of the game was TWC 5 Tennessee Temple 0.
TWC's next game is at home on Tuesday against Conference rival Bluefield College, kicking off at 3pm.