No. 22 Tennessee Wesleyan travels to Dayton, Tenn., to face No. 10 Bryan (Tenn.) in the NAIA Match of the Week.
A few facts about the teams:
· A Top 25 matchup between No. 10 Bryan (Tenn.) and No. 22 Tennessee Wesleyan meets Saturday as the two teams are battling for a second-place finish in the Appalachian Athletic Conference. Both schools sit tied for second at 6-1-1 in the conference behind Union (Ky.).
· Bryan leads the all-time series against the Bulldogs, 8-3-1. The Lions have won the last two meetings between the two schools.
· Bryan is coming off its first loss of season as Montreat (N.C.) snapped the Lions 16-match undefeated streak on Wednesday in a 4-3 loss.
· Tennessee Wesleyan is looking to rebound after earning its second loss of the season to then-No. 9 Union in a 4-0 battle. Union broke the Bulldogs five-match undefeated streak.
· Bryan stands 2-0-2 this year against Top 25 opponents, whereas Tennessee Wesleyan sits at 2-1-0 on the season.
· The Lions are 6-1-0 this year in matches at home. Bryan holds a 24-8 scoring advantage at the Bryan College Soccer Field this season.
· The Bulldogs are 5-2-1 in road matches, including a 3-1 signature win on the road over then-No.19 Cumberland (Tenn.).
· A few notable wins for Bryan was a 1-0 victory over then-No. 22 Cumberland and a 2-1 (2OT) win over then-No. 25 Reinhardt (Ga.).
· Bryan is led by Alex Horton, who is ranked No. 10 in the NAIA in goals against per game (0.61), and Charlie Clarke, who ranks No. 10 in both shots per game (4.8) and shot on goal per game (2.53).
· The Bulldogs are led by Jake McBrayer, who has recorded eight goals and five assists on the season, and OT Bah, who has posted seven goals and seven assists.
· Bryan ranks No. 9 in the NAIA in total shutouts (9.0) and No. 14 in shots on goal per game (9.76).
· Tennessee Wesleyan ranks No. 15 in the NAIA in shots per game (19.19).
·The Lions hold a scoring advantage this season with 46 goals compared to Tennessee Wesleyan's 39 and Bryan has only allowed 11 goals compared to the Bulldogs 18 on the season.
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