ANGOLA, Ind. – The Bulldogs traveled to Trine University Friday night to take on Manchester University in the Trine Ketner Classic. Adrian looked to continue their momentum after a win Sunday over Carroll (Wis.) and looked for their second win of 2014. The Bulldogs fell behind in the second half but rallied to score three straight goals as they took down Manchester, 3-1. This win advances the record for Adrian to 2-2 on the season.
The first half saw a battle with Manchester as they fired seven shots to just four from the Spartans. Lino Taormina turned away all four of the shots he faced as neither team was able to capitalize on their scoring opportunities and the score remained a scoreless tie at the half.
The second half started with Manchester scoring in the 51st minute to put the Bulldogs behind, 1-0, early into the second period. Adrian responded just six minutes later as Nick Minshall scored his third of the season unassisted to even the score, 1-1. The Bulldogs used this as momentum to continue their offensive push as they would take the lead in the 73rd minute when a cross from Minshall led to a Shayan Shushtari goal and Adrian took the lead. Adrian then controlled the game as they would fire nine shots in the half compared to seven from Manchester. The Bulldogs would secure their win in the 85th minute when Sean Cain played a pass into the box that Bayden Lee finished for his first goal of the season to put Adrian up, 3-1. The Bulldogs would hold off the Spartans for the remainder of play as they topped Manchester for their second straight win.
Lino Taormina (2-2) earned the win in goal for Adrian as he made six saves.
Head coach Charlie Edwards commented on his team's response in the second half, "the game tonight against Manchester was our first trip away from home this season. I think it really showed, especially early in the game. We were not as sharp as I would have liked, but it was a great experience for us. Something we really needed with MIAA play starting next week."
"I am proud of our guys for playing for every moment for 90 minutes. We gave up the first goal of the game early in the second half, but we responded well. In the past we haven't been able to battle back, but our guys are growing. They are learning that we are always in every game. The great news for us is that we have another game tomorrow, with an opportunity to win this tournament. We are very excited for the challenge", said Edwards.
The Bulldogs will see action again in the Ketner Classic tomorrow when they take on Defiance at 2:30 p.m.