The Tennessee Wesleyan College men's soccer team played in Athens, TN on Saturday against Martin Methodist who are currently receiving votes for the national top 25. Martin Methodist had scored in every game they played in this season, so this was going to be a big test for TWC who were coming off the heartbreaking loss to Bryan College on Wednesday.
TWC started brightly and had an early shout for a penalty turned down by the referee, when John Carrier went down under pressure in the box. Martin Methodist was looking dangerous on the break, but it was TWC who broke the deadlock after thirty four minutes, good work from freshman Ronnie Couch in the center of the field saw him slide the ball wide to Daniel Cardona who delivered a wicked cross that the goal keeper could only parry right into the path of Luke Winter who had the simple task of putting the ball into the net. This was the only scoring of the first half as the teams went in at the break TWC 1 Martin Methodist 0.
TWC came out of the break and looked to double their advantage, John Carrier and Ronnie Couch were looking more and more dangerous on the ball, but it took a thunder bolt from center back Josh Simnett to finally put the game out of Martin Methodists reach. Simnett picked the ball up on the half way line, he drove forward with the ball and from thirty five yards out unleashed a rocket of a shot that flew past the helpless keeper and into the top corner of the net. This was the goal of the season so far, a brilliant individual effort.
TWC added a third four minutes after Simnetts strike through John Carrier. Ronnie Couch won a free kick just outside the Martin Methodist box, Carrier stepped up and with nonchalant ease lifted the ball over the wall and into the back of the net.
The final score of the contest was TWC 3 Martin Methodist 0. TWC's next game is on Saturday at home against Milligan College at 3:00 pm. The Bulldogs will be collecting donations at the gate for the McMinn County Rescue Squad.