ANGOLA, Ind. – The Bulldogs finished up their play in the Trine Ketner Classic Saturday afternoon when they took on Defiance College. Adrian gave up the first goal in the first half, but they showed their resilience as they forced overtime. The Bulldogs capitalized in extra time as they took out the Yellow Jackets, 2-1, and improved their 2014 overall record to 3-2.
The first half saw the Bulldogs battle back and forth with the Yellow Jackets as the teams traded shots. Defiance then broke through the stalemate in the 26th minute and put the Bulldogs behind, 1-0. The teams maintained this score until the break as Adrian looked to mount their second straight comeback.
The Bulldogs came out of the second half with an offensive surge that saw Adrian fire 16 shots to just six from Defiance. The Adrian offense finally broke through in the 54th minute when Bayden Lee tied the score at one goal apiece on a Ryan Kissel assist. The Bulldogs would continue this offensive push through the remainder of the half but nine saves from the Defiance keeper forced overtime.
The overtime period was all Bulldogs as they did not allow a shot while they fired four. Adrian would tally the game winner in the fifth minute of the first overtime period on a goal from Miles Masters-Clayborne from Nick Minshall.
Lino Taormina (3-2) made the start in goal for Adrian as he made two saves.
Head coach Charlie Edwads commented on his team's big win, "we again found a way to win the game and get a result. I was proud of our guys for finding a way to finish strong, and see the game out. However, I still think we need to start each game with a little more focus and intensity. That being said, we have a group of guys that continue to show a lot of character and growth. We will enjoy this win, but we still have a lot of work to do. We have a quick turn around with conference games starting on Wednesday, so we will get back to work."
The Bulldogs will see action again September 17 at 7 p.m. when they travel to Kalamazoo College.