By TOM BONE
Bluefield Daily Telegraph
EAST RIVER —
The Bluefield College Rams and the Tigers of Campbellsville University battled contentiously for 90 minutes Saturday evening, ending with a 2-0 conference win by the Campbellsville squad at East River Soccer Complex.
Both goals came from the foot of Roraigh Yearwood, a native of London, England. His second goal started with an assist by Kevon Farquharson, who is from Jamaica. The Tigers’ roster consists of three United States residents and 23 from beyond its borders.
The Rams (4-6, 1-3 Mid-South Conference) took 19 shots, six of them on goal, but the Tigers’ keeper, Max Malachiyev, saved all six. Campbellsville (9-1, 3-1) had 23 shots, nine on frame. Rams goalkeeper Jefferson Watson stopped seven.
Bluefield College head coach-athletic director Peter Dryer said the shot attempts were an improvement over the teams’ previous encounter.
“When you look at the scoreline from last year, we didn’t get a quarter of those shots off,” Dryer said. “So we put it together more than we did a year ago, in the attack. But we’re missing that final piece, the last pass, the last touch. We had the ideas, we were making runs, but we just couldn’t slide the ball in, we couldn’t connect on the cross. So that’s going to be a point of emphasis this week.”
Dryer said, “It’s good for us to be able to see that we’re competing at a little bit different level now. Those things are fixable.”
“We came out pretty stale,” said Adam Preston, head coach of Campbellsville. “Credit to Bluefield. They’re a good team, well-coached, very organized. ... They played a great game.”
“We just weren’t on pace ... As the game went on, we started adjusting, and did catch up a little bit,” said the 11-year Tigers head coach. “But no excuses, we’ve got to be better.”
He said about Yearwood, “Roraigh’s been fantastic this season. But his support players have been good. It’d be unfortunate not to talk about the guys who’re giving him support. He’s just finishing every chance he gets.”
There were 22 fouls called in the match, 12 against the visitors and 10 on the Rams. Three yellow cards were assessed on Campbellsville, and one was shown to a BC player.
Saturday’s contest was the first in five straight home games for the BC men. The next is Tuesday at 5 p.m. with Crown College.
“It’s always good to be home,” Dryer said, “although we haven’t protected our home field much this year. I feel good about the upcoming games. If we can play this well, and put a finishing piece on it, we’ll do very well over the next couple of weeks that we’re home.”