The Tennessee Wesleyan College men's soccer team had its first Appalachian Athletic Conference game of the year yesterday when they hosted Reinhardt University. It was TWC's first home game of the season after they played all of the first four games on the road, three of which were against teams either in the top 25 or receiving votes. Reinhardt has had a similarly tough start to their season playing two of the teams either in the top 25 or receiving votes.
The game started fairly slowly with TWC dominating possession, but not really threatening the Reinhardt goal. In the twelfth minute TWC's first chance came, Luke Winter turned with the ball just outside the Reinhardt goal, he beat his marker and was in on goal. The Reinhardt keeper made a big save to keep the score at 0-0. TWC's Ben Wilks was beginning to cause havoc down the left, he was putting their right back under immense pressure and delivered a string of good crosses that TWC's attacking unit were close to getting on the end of.
TWC finally broke the deadlock after thirty seven minutes when some good interplay from John Carrier and Daniel Cardona freed Stefano Barriga down the right, he went past his man and from the tightest of tight angles smashed his shot inside the goalkeepers near post and into the back of the net. Half time score TWC 1 Reinhardt 0.
Reinhardt came out of their shell in the second half knowing they needed a goal to peg TWC back. They were keeping the ball better and looking threatening through their pacey wide players. TWC's back four and goal keeper were holding firm and keeping Reinhardt at bay. TWC was continuing to look dangerous on the break with Ben Wilks, Laurence Hutchinson and John Carrier beginning to expose the tiring Reinhardt players who were pushing hard for the equalizing goal.
TWC had a number of good chances but the excellent Reinhardt goal keeper was equal to all of them and kept TWC from scoring again. The final score of the game was TWC 1 Reinhardt University 0.
TWC will play next at home on Saturday against the #8 ranked Southern Poly at 5:00 pm.