Nickels scores twice as BC picks up 3-2 win over Erskine

Box Score

DUE WEST, S.C. – Katherine Nickels scored two goals, including the game-winner in the 87th minute, to send the Brevard College women’s soccer team over Erskine College, 3-2, on Wednesday evening at Huggins Field in non-conference action. BC improves to 1-2 on the year while Erskine drops to 1-1.

Along with Nickel’s two goals, Sydney Alencewicz also tallied for the Tornados and Shannon Bava picked up an assist. Jocelyn Springer earned her first victory in net on the year and turned away five shots.

Both teams traded off shots on goal in the early going of the game but both keepers were able to keep the game scoreless heading into the 21st minute. The next shot on goal for either team came in the 40th minute on a goal by Alencewicz for BC. She fired a shot from 25 yards away and the ball went over the keepers head. The score remained 1-0 Tornados until Katherine Coleman evened the score in the 46th minute for the Flying Fleet. BC retook the lead at 52:39 on a goal by Nickels to make it 2-1. Erskine came back to tie the game on a goal by Tegan Van Rijn in the 61st minute. Coleman had an assist on the play.

The Tornados looked to grab the winner on two late chances. A header by Jasmine Verbruggen in the 66th minute went wide of the net and a shot by Katlin Burns was saved by the last defender for Erskine before the ball could reach the net. A shot by Erskine’s Haley Meredith in the 80th minute was denied by Springer to keep the game tied at two. Nickels scored the game-winning goal in the 87th minute to give the Tornados the lead for good with Bava picking up the assist.

The Tornados out shot their opponents 18-8, including an 11-5 advantage in the second stanza. Ashton Burgess took the loss for the Flying Fleet and had six saves in net.

BC begins its South Atlantic Conference schedule in Hickory, North Carolina on Saturday to take on Lenoir-Rhyne at 7 p.m.

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