Brewton-Parker’s Ermin Omeragik collects the ball against Talladega College Oct. 30. LO WILLIAMS/BPC
By Kimberly Neumann
MOUNT VERNON — The men’s soccer team fell behind early, but a second-half outburst led to a 7-3 win against Talladega College yesterday.
Due to the dreary day in Mount Vernon, both teams would struggle in finding a genuine rhythm. With Talladega up 2-0, the Barons’ GianMarco Centralla found the back of the net to halve the deficit.
The second half fireworks started early, with a Malik Wilkes header tying the game before Ermin Omeragic gave the Baron’s the lead after placing the ball through the legs of the rushing goalkeeper into the net.
Moments later, Talladega capitalized on a corner kick to tie the game again. At this point the Barons found another gear. A run from a deeper position by Jacob Shield met a well-placed pass from Manuel Cassanova to restore the Barons’ lead. The lead was extended by an exceptional Akins Banton free kick taken from the left side of the penalty area, curling the ball over the goalkeeper into the far corner of the goal. Centrella rounded of the scoring with the final two goals, the second of which from 25 yards away into the top left corner
The Barons’ next match will be this Saturday in Cochran against Middle Georgia on Nov. 2 at 5:30 p.m.
Barons push ranked Bethel to double OT
On Oct. 26 Brewton-Parker pushed No. 11 Bethel University into double overtime but fell 2-1.
In McKenzie, Tennessee, the Barons soccer team found early opportunities limited by the Wildcats, not to mention extreme weather conditions. Malik Wilkes created a few dangerous opportunities in the right flank in beating his defender. However, it was Wildcats who struck first with a finely-taken goal. A flurry of saves from Jamir Stewart helped to stem the flow from the Wildcats, and in the dying embers of the first half, a free kick found the head of Akins Banton, who leveled the scoreline.
With the score tied at 1, the second half featured very little in the way of opportunities. Weather conditions worsened and made it very difficult to play. The scores remained level until the second overtime period when a long ball hung in the area and was stabbed home by the Bethel attacker.
It’s a difficult way to lose,” assistant coach Bob Neumann said. “But when you go toe-to-toe with a top nationally ranked team, you can’t be too upset. Of course there are things we want to polish heading into our matches next week, but the boys have earned some rest.”
Lady Barons rally not enough
On Oct. 29 the Lady Barons’ basketball climbed out of a 20-point hole before eventually dropping a 61-55 decision to the College of Coastal Georgia.
It was a tale of two halves. The College of Coastal Georgia found opportunities to score and extend the lead in the first half against the Barons, leading by as much as 20 points early in the 3rd quarter.
However, the Barons found their rhythm in the second half and clawed their way back. So much was their dominance, the Barons took a 55-54 lead with just over two minutes remaining. A 7-0 run by the College of Coastal Georgia, however, closed out the game.
“We came out flat and we can’t do that, especially on the road against a solid team,” said head coach Steve Edwards. “I have to do a better job of making sure we are focused and ready to go. We were able to fight back and take the lead in the 4th, but we couldn’t finish. Coastal outplayed us tonight and we didn’t deserve to win. We will get back to work tomorrow and we will be better.”
The Lady Baron’s next game is 6 p.m. on Nov. 5 at Toccoa Falls.
Kimberly Neumann is the marketing coordinator at Brewton-Parker College.