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Asbury too much for UPike men’s soccer on Tuesday

WILMORE, Ky. – Asbury (Ky.) built a 4-0 lead by halftime and never looked back, handing the University of Pikeville men’s soccer team a 7-1 loss on Tuesday night.

Chase Johnson finished a pass from Dean Johnson into the back of the net in the 56th minute to make it 4-1, but the Eagles answered with goals in the 73rd, 81st and 85th minutes to thwart any attempt at a comeback.

Caleb Griffin led with a game-high two goals on his only two shot attempts of the game, while also adding an assist in the 44th minute to finish as the most productive player on the field after coming in off the bench.

Asbury’s Billy Congleton posted a match-high five shots, including four on goal, while Cooper Gaypia led UPIKE with four shots, two of which were on frame. For the match, Asbury outshot the Bears 21-10 and 15-4 on goal.

Alfredo Piedra made eight saves and allowed all seven goals for the Bears, while John Burns went the distance for Asbury as well with three saves.

The Eagles also led in fouls 13-8, but not in corner kicks where UPIKE held a 6-4 advantage.

It too less than three minutes for Asbury to get on the board as Garrett Davis scored off a free kick after a pass from Zach Welch. Nineteen minutes later, Austin O’Brien issued the Eagles’ second goal, which would go down as the game-winner.

Pikeville is back in action at 7 p.m. ET on Saturday, hosting Shawnee State (Ohio) at the Bob Amos Soccer Complex.

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