Tornados Wrap Up Home Slate Against Lenoir-Rhyne
BC looks to avenge last season's loss
The Brevard College women’s soccer team wraps up its 2013 home schedule when it welcomes No. 11 Lenoir-Rhyne for a South Atlantic Conference match Wednesday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. at Brevard Soccer Field in Brevard, N.C.
• The Tornados (3-11-1, 0-8-1 SAC) seek to end a 12-match winless skid while seniors Jamie Bundy, Lindsay Pritchard, Francie Blair, Elena Crowe, Kasi Benskin and Brittany Webster will take the home pitch for the last time in their storied careers.
• On Friday, BC suffered a gut wrenching overtime loss to the hands of Mars Hill, 3-2. The Lions jumped out to a 2-0 lead, but the Tornados rallied back thanks to goals from Yuki Soga and Kaitlin Burns to knot it at two. However, the Lions buried a shot in the waning minute of the first overtime to squeak out the win. Webster racked up a season-high 12 saves while the offense produced a season-high 16 shots.
• Offensively, Head Coach Shigeyoshi Shinohara’s team has scored more goals this year (16) than it did all of last season (10). With a goal in either of the next two matches, the Tornados will surpass their goal total from 2011. Eight Tornados have recorded double-digit shots in 2013.
• Freshman Burns has become an offensive threat while she is tied for the team lead in shots with 20, but paces the squad with shots on goal with 14. She has notched three goals, which is tied for second best on the team. Teammate sophomore Clair Deese is tied with Burns for shots while both have appeared in every match while starting one.
• Senior goalkeeper Webster has saved her best for last while this season has proven to be her best as a Tornado. Three wins and a 2.20 goals against average are both career-highs. The Stafford, Va., native has accumulated 65 saves this year and 319 on her career.
• Currin Sessions, Soga, Crowe, Pritchard and Webster have started every match this season. Soga leads the team with four goals, three assists and 11 points.
• Despite being eliminated from postseason contention, BC can play spoiler while Lenoir-Rhyne (11-3-1, 7-1-1 SAC) is tied for first in the SAC. The Bears saw an eight-match win streak snapped last Wednesday (Oct. 23) at Catawba, 1-0, but responded with a 3-1 victory against Newberry Saturday. The Bear offense has scored at least three goals in six of their nine conference bouts.
• The Bears have three players with at least 10 points while Garcelle Alequine paces the furious offense with 20. Alequine is second in the conference in points while leading the team in goals (eight), shot (52) and shots on goal (26). Eight Bears have recorded double-digit shots while Alequine and Hanna Kiebel have logged over 1,110 minutes each. Goalkeeper Genny Little is tied for second in the SAC with a 0.93 goals against average. Little is 10-1 on the season and has posted four shutouts this year.
• Lenoir-Rhyne has dominated the series while winning the last four via shutout. The Bears claimed an 8-0 victory last season and has scored at least two goals in every match since 2008.