A night of firsts as Eagles blank Rams 2-0

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  • Freshman forward Adam Davie had two goals in the season-opener against VCU. Davie was recruited to Georgia Southern from Nottingham, England. 

Kaitlin Sells

Georgia Southern men’s soccer kicked off their official season on the road with a 2-0 win over VCU.

Freshman Adam Davie made a big impression as he scored both of the Eagles’ goals in his first official collegiate match. The first goal occurred in the 20th minute off of a pass from senior Javier Carbonell. Davie then proceeded to beat both center-backs and easily put the ball away while facing a one-on-one with the keeper.

Davie’s second goal was in the second half, a strike off a cross off the end line from fellow freshman Samuel Mayer.

To play a team with the quality of VCU and get the result, you have to get a lot of things right,” Eagles’ head coach John Murphy told gseagles. “I’m very proud of the team’s performance.”

The Eagles has many other opportunities to put the ball away as they had 13 total shots and five shots on goal, but they were just a little off. Redshirt freshman Edward Raji had a turnout laser shot from the top of the box that was just off as it hit the left post in the 42nd minute. Raji was also close to putting a header off a corner kick away in the second half during Southern’s corner kick sequence, that being three in a single minute.

Freshman goalkeeper Jokull Blaengsson also got some touches on the ball as he made a pair of saves in the first half to ensure the Eagles’ lead and his first collegiate shutout.

For the second time out of the last three seasons the Eagles have won their season opener, and they’re not done for the weekend.

The Eagles will continue their weekend of play facing off against Old Dominion Sunday, August 26 in Norfolk, Virginia.

Kaitlin Sells, The George-Anne Assistant Sports Editor, gasports@georgiasouthern.edu