OCU Battles Back but Falls at Asbury 2-1

WILMORE, KY - The NCCAA #2 ranked Traiblazers traveled south to Kentucky on Friday evening to open their 2011 season.  OCU took on the NAIA affiliated Eagles of Asbury University in what proved to be a nailbiter until the final whistle.  Asbury came out of the gate quickly to gain momentum and work their way into a penalty kick situation just five minutes into the contest.  Asbury Junior Trent Popp converted the penalty kick for his first of two goals in the opening nine minutes of play to give Asbury an early 2-0 lead.

The OCU defense regrouped and showed heart and tremedous poise as they battled back and would not allow a goal for the remaining 81 minutes.  The Trailblazer offense answered the call when Jimmy Galvan went upper 90 from 18 yards to score the first OCU goal of the season to make the score 2-1 in the 28th minute.

The Ohio Christian defense continued to tighten the reigns on Asbury in the 2nd half and the game became a battle of possession.  The Blazers, trailing by one, rallied for a late game surge and looked to battle back to tie the game in the closing minutes.  A late game shot attempt by Emmanuel Harris was just wide of the goal with just a few ticks remaining on the official clock.  The OCU comeback would fall short as Asbury would hang on to win 2-1 in a very tightly contested matchup.

"We came out sluggish today but I felt we fought hard after settling in," said head coach Josh Murton.  "We also got to see more of who we are at a high level of play.  Asbury is a solid team who will improve from last years record no doubt."

The Trailblazers(0-1) are back in action on September 3rd, when they travel to Kentucky to take on St. Catharine College at 3:00PM.





Goals by period  Total 
Ohio Christian 


Ohio Christian
Pos ## Player Sh SOG  G  A 
GK  00 Steven Fabian  
 2  Chad Dobbs  
 3  Adam Knox  
 5  AC Gracelein  
 7  Jimmy Galvan  
 9  Dave Blamo  
 10 Emanuel Harris  
 17 Anthony Delong  
 21 Jake Morrison  
 23 Dexter Chapman  
 26 Zach Sturm  
    --- Substitutes --- 
 6  Caleb Williams  
 11 Byron Davis  
 22 Kevin Ache  
 24 Aaron Young  
 99 Nathan Welch  
  Totals......... 13 


## Goalie Minutes  GA Saves 
00 Steven Fabian  90:00 
TM TEAM  0:00 

Pos ## Player Sh SOG  G  A 
GK  0  Dylan Fouts  
 2  Trent Popp  
 4  Hayes Creech  
 6  Kyle Blair  
 7  Adam Hicks  
 8  Stephen Mitchell  
 10 Randy Troyer  
 11 Ryan Moberley  
 13 Garrett Davis  
 16 Zach Welch  
 19 Jonathan Rehner  
    --- Substitutes --- 
 3  Adam Howard  
 5  Caleb Griffin  
 9  Josh Braun  
 14 Griffin Wilcoxon  
 15 Sam Miller  
 20 Billy Congleton  
  Totals......... 23 


## Goalie Minutes  GA Saves 
0  Dylan Fouts  90:00 
TM TEAM  0:00 

Shots by period  Total 
Ohio Christian 13 
Asbury 15 23 
Corner kicks  Total 
Ohio Christian 
Saves by period  Total 
Ohio Christian 
Fouls  Total 
Ohio Christian 10 
Asbury 18 

Goal Time Team Goal Scorer Assists Description 
1. 5:18 AU  Trent Popp (1) Penalty kick 
2. 8:08 AU  Trent Popp (2) Adam Hicks; Jonathan Rehner 19 flick on touch pass from 7 
3. 27:32 OCU  Jimmy Galvan (unassisted) shot outside 18, top right corner 


OCU  #11 Byron Davis  Yellow card 34:32 
OCU  #7 Jimmy Galvan  Yellow card 65:56 

Officials: Referee: Chad Collins; Asst. Referee: Fazi Sherkat; Robert Argo; Timekeeper: Heath Tingle; Scorer: Travis Martin; 
Offsides: Ohio Christian 0, Asbury 1.