The Bruins men continued their shutout streak Friday night, defeating the Clearwater Cougars 5-0.
Once again, Joel Cave and David Overly led the way on defense, beating the Cougar offense to loose balls and shutting down any goal attempts.
The Bruins defense kept the Cougars to just 10 scoring attempts, while the Bruins offense created 21 opportunities.
After weeks of pressure leading up to the game, the Bruins quickly showed their progress with Matt Moore capitalizing on a lead pass from Mark Sterr on a Cougar turnover only a minute-and-a-half into the game.
The Bruins continued to work the ball and dissect the Cougar defense until the 18th minute when Stephen Lovelace took a pass just inside the box to score on Clearwater keeper Garrett Hollenbach.
Ryan McCarty added another goal 10 minutes later when he headed a corner kick from Tommy Sims into the lower left corner.
With minutes to go in the half, Overly sent a free kick to Travis Woodham, who poked it in low from just outside the box, sending BJU out of the first half with a solid lead.
But the Bruins weren’t allowed to slow down the pace just because they were up 4-0 at halftime.
Assistant coach Jon Grant said that, to the coaching staff, the score was 0-0. “We wanted the team to keep it going, continuing defensive pressure and everyone keeping up a steady pace,” Grant said.
While the Bruins stayed sharp in the second half, a shot by Cougar forward Brian Chidarikire went wide on one of Clearwater’s only viable attempts, leaving the Cougar defense scattered.
Moore took advantage of the straggling Cougar defense, dribbling around Cougar defender Drew Custer to go one-on-one with the keeper before ripping a shot into the lower left corner of the goal.
The Bruins continue to show improvement with every game, and Grant gave credit to the players, saying that the team is working well together.
The Bruins will try to extend their shutout record tonight when they go up against Chowan University at 7 p.m.