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After a disappointing opening loss to Life University (GA), the Montreat Cavaliers' men's soccer bounced back in fine form in registering a pair of convincing road victories over the weekend.

The first came on Saturday night when the Cavs (2-1) defeated AAC conference foe Asbury Eagles, 4-1, in Wilmore, Kentucky. "We started off poorly, conceding a goal inside 35 seconds. However, the guys recovered excellently to put in a dominant performance in all parts of the game," said Cavs' head coach Michael BruceFrancisco Prado (SO/Quito, Ecuador) buried his first two goals of the season for Montreat. 

"I was very happy with the defensive organization we showed. I was also happy with how we kept the ball and created chances. All round it was a good performance," added Bruce.

It was the first time Montreat faced Asbury (1-1) since 2014, and in defeating the Eagles avenged a 3-0 season-opening loss from that campaign.

They followed that up with a short 25-mile road trip north through the Bluegrass State to face non-conference foe Midway University on Sunday. The Cavs proved they could win on a short turnaround, defeating the Eagles 4-0. It was Jeovanni Ordaz (JR/Veracruz, Mexico) this time who tallied a pair of scores for Montreat en route to the victory. Midway fell to 0-2 on the season.

"Another good performance this weekend, I was proud of the way the guys fought through tired legs and performed," said Bruce. 

Notes: The wins on consecutive days were the first since Montreat defeated Bob Jones, 5-1, and Warner University, 8-0, on October 9 & 10 of 2015. That squad went on to finish 8-7-2, win an opening round play-in game over Point, 1-0, and advance to the AAC quarterfinals. ​

Next: The Cavs return to the road for another pair of games, facing Warner University (0-1-2) in Lake Wales Florida on Thursday at 7 PM before heading to Lakeland to face Southeastern (1-2) at 7:30 PM on Saturday.

Montreat, NC –Montreat College is pleased to announce the appointment of Michael Bruce as the new Head Men's Soccer Coach for the Cavaliers.

"We are thrilled to announce Coach Bruce as our new head coach," shared Larios. "We are grateful for all the tremendous candidates we interviewed for this position. After a nationwide search, Coach Bruce stood out by his intentional and missional approach to building men of high character, pursuing academic excellence, and his commitment to a winning program. After an extensive interview process, we are confident that we have chosen the right person to take our program to the next level."

Coach Bruce will take the reins after serving as the Cavalier assistant coach for four seasons. His primary duties had been working with the goalkeepers. He takes over a program that finished 8-9-1 (AAC 3-5-1) last year. With a strong contingent of seniors like captain Ryan Buick (FR), George Stanley (SR/West Yorkshire, England), and Adrian Ionescu (SR/Queensland, Australia), and talented underclassmen like Jeo Ordaz and Henrique Cardoso (JR/Lisbon, Portugal), the Cavaliers are poised for an exciting new era.

Coach Bruce had this to say about his excitement to take over the growing program:

"I am highly excited to be taking over the reins of the Montreat College men's soccer program. I believe that this is a great step forward and that we can continue to build this program into a strong program on the field and a program that reflects Christ by molding young men into leaders; men that will be a positive influence in their families and communities after they leave Montreat College. I want to thank my wife for her support throughout this process, and I especially thank God for allowing me the opportunity to work with these young men."

Coach Bruce will be supported by his new assistant coach, Joao Ehlers, a former leader on the Ohio State Buckeyes Big Ten championship soccer team of 2016.

"Coach Bruce's leadership and communication with our new recruits and current players has been crucial to maintaining focus and continuity," said Larios. "I personally thank President Maurer and the college's  cabinet for the continued support as we seek to pursue excellence in athletics while keeping our Christ-centered mission at the forefront of all we do. This is an exciting time to be a Cavalier!"

The 2017 season kicks off this Friday, August 4th as the Cavalier preseason begins in full force. The Cavaliers take on Lenior Rhyne University in a scrimmage on August 19th at 5:00pm at the Howard Fisher Memorial Field in Black Mountain.

 
 
 
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