Cedarville Men’s Soccer tied Trevecca in a conference matchup for their home opener Thursday night 1-1 after double overtime. The teams faced off during constant rain and the wet conditions that forced each team to play more physical and defensive.
Cedarville dominated the possession of the ball and the stat sheet all night, including outshooting Trevecca 32-9. The Yellow Jackets seemed to always be on the offensive but just could not connect on some of their early chances. Trevecca’s defense was repeatedly there to stop offensive pushes.
In the second half, both teams looked to be more engaged. Energy and intensity was up. Cedarville scored the first goal 26 minutes into the half. Derek Braak sent a high pass to Connor Gilmour, who aggressively headed the ball downwards into the goal. Trevecca was not to be deterred, however, and answered back within eight minutes.
Cedarville head coach Brett Faro said he thought his team lightened up on their intensity after their first goal.
“I think we took our foot off the gas a little bit after we scored,” said head coach Brett Faro, “credit to them for creating the chance and putting it away.”
The game stretched into overtime with neither team able to break the defense of the other. After two periods of overtime the game ended in a tie.
“I’m really happy with the guys and I think we’ve taken steps forward,” said Faro, “I’m just trying to remind the guys that it’s a long season and we need to keep moving forward and getting better.”
The Jackets next game will be against Kentucky Wesleyan at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday.
Josh Woolverton is a sophomore journalism major and sports reporter for Cedars. He hopes to get involved in sports reporting and analysis after graduation and enjoys watching sports, running, and spending time with friends.