Men's Soccer Tops Hurricanes To Open The Season

Men's Soccer Tops Hurricanes To Open The Season
Daniel Walsh posted a shutout in his first career start. Photo by Joel Auerbach.
MIAMI SHORES, Fla.—On a night where sophomore Daniel Walsh posted his first career shutout and win, the Barry Buccaneers topped the Georgia Southwestern Hurricanes 2-0 in men’s soccer action on Thursday at Buccaneer Field.
Walsh tallied four saves in 90:00 minutes of play. Barry (1-0-0) goals came from sophomore Mark Anderson in the first half and freshman Kendall Sealy late in the second half.
“That one save Daniel [Walsh] made where he tipped the header over the cross bar killed it for Georgia Southwestern,” Barry head coach Steve McCrath said. “All in all I think Daniel deserves a real pat on the back for his performance. He kept the game for us.”

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The Bucs first goal from Anderson came during the 45th minute. Barry was awarded a free kick from 22 yards out, just off the corner of the 18-yard box. Anderson’s bending free kick found the back corner of the net with just over 0:30 seconds left to play in the first half.
However throughout the game Anderson saw his share of looks at the goal. Anderson tallied 11 total shots and five shots on goal. With three back saves for Georgia Southwestern (0-1-0) the margin of victory for Barry could have been even greater.
One of the biggest threats from Georgia Southwestern came at the middle of the first half when Barry keeper Walsh scooped up a loose ball after one of his own teammates passed it back. Georgia Southwestern was awarded an indirect free kick from 15 yards out. The Bucs countered with 11 men in the goal mouth and Mark Kilpatrick came up with the deflection to preserve the shutout.
“During the second half Joao Garcia came into the backfield and really settled the back line,” McCrath said. “It really forced Georgia Southwestern to play and when that happed I don’t think they could get the results that they were looking for.”
Possession during the second half was dominated by the Bucs. With 7:41 remaining in the game, Sealy poked the ball pass just pass the diving Georgia Southwestern keeper to widen the Barry margin to 2-0. Sealy was assisted by senior Ryan Alexander and junior transfer Sean Trinidad.
“I think the last 20:00 minutes were exactly what we were looking to do,” McCrath said. “We wanted to settle the game down and we really started trusting one another, then as a result, we were a lot more efficient.”
The next action for the Bucs is Saturday 7:00 pm at Buccaneer Field against Clayton State.
                          Soccer Game Summary (Final)
                           2006 Barry University Soccer
Georgia Southwestern vs Barry (08/27/09 at Miami Shores, Fla.)
 Georgia Southwestern (0-1-0) vs. Barry (1-0-0)
 Date: 08/27/09      Attendance: 796
 Weather: indeterminate
 Goals by period                 1  2  Tot
 Georgia Southwestern….. 0  0 -  0
 Barry....................................  1  1 -  2
  1.  44:26 BUM Mark Anderson (1) (unassisted) – 22-yard free kick
  2.  82:19 BUM Kendall Sealy (1) (Ryan Alexander;Sean Trinidad) - give and go on the right side
 Shots: Georgia Southwestern 10, Barry 28
 Saves: Georgia Southwestern 10 (Porley, David 7; TEAM 3), Barry 5 (Daniel Walsh 4; TEAM 1)