Maryville College opened the 2018 season in convincing fashion on Friday night, as the Scots shutout Millsaps College, 3-0, in the David Taaffe Invitational at Covenant College.
MC blitzed the Majors with 26 shots on the afternoon to just eight by Millsaps, as Maryville freshman Bralen Clouse recorded a memorial night.
The freshman midfielder recorded both his first collegiate goal and first collegiate assist in the same contest, as MC's defense shined.
"It was a good first game, but there's definitely room for improvement," Associate Head Coach Jon Baker said. "There was a solid defensive performance by the back four anchored by Ian Schomer."
Schomer had a sold defensive effort, while adding an assist to his credit. Senior Ryan Jorgensen earned the save in net for Maryville, as he turned away each of the three shots on goal by the Majors.
Maryville amassed 11 shots on goal for the contest.
The Scots struck early in the match, as they tallied their first goal in the 15th minute of action. With 14:16 showing on the clock, as Bralen Clouse notched his first collegiate goal. Randy Reichenberger lofted a cross into the box, as Clouse slotted it past keeper Alfie Miller.
The score would remain 1-0 until the second half, as Maryville would tally a pair of goals in the final 45 minutes.
Just 12 minutes into the second stanza, Johnny Rakhmonberdiev would find his first goal of the season. In the 58th minute, Schomer found a streaking Rakhmonberdiev who pushed it in from 8 yards out.
During the 89th minute, Austin Vineyard would find the net from 13 yards out to make the final score, 3-0. Clouse would make it a complete evening, tallying his first collegiate assist in the same contest.
Vineyard had a goal on two shots, both on goal, as Rakhmonberdiev's goal came on his only shot of the night. Clouse's goal came with two shots on the afternoon, as Schomer and Reichenberger each had assists.
Aaron Rucker led the way with five shots and a pair on goal, as Reichenberger added a trio of shots.
Millsaps was led by Jeff Bruni who had three shots on the evening.
Maryville will hold their 1-0 record for a week, before returning to action on Sept. 8. MC is set to host Sewanee at 4 p.m. next Saturday.