Nickels leads BC to a 1-0 victory over North Greenville

Box Score

BREVARD, N.C. – The Brevard College women’s soccer team beat North Greenville University, 1-0, on Wednesday afternoon at Brevard Soccer Field in non-conference action. With the win, BC improves to 2-3 on the year while the Crusaders fall to 0-3.

Katherine Nickels picked up the lone goal of the game, her team leading third tally on the year, and also led the team with four shots, all on net. Jocelyn Springer picked up her first shutout on the year and turned away two Crusader shots.

The Tornados came out firing early in the game as Nickels took two shots, one at 3:35 and the second shot 1:10 later but both were saved by Crusader keeper, Michelle Huddleston. Nickels next shot on goal proved to be the eventual game-winner in the ninth minute as she dribbled into the box and kicked the ball passed the diving keeper to give her team the 1-0 lead. BC landed two more shots on net during the opening stanza but both of them were saved by Huddleston.

BC had two big opportunities to extend its lead early in the second half. Alyssa Bois headed a shot just wide of the net on a delivery from Shannon Bava’s corner kick in the 54th minute. Moments later Kimiko Nakanishi received the ball inside the box and kicked the ball just high in the 58th minute.

The Crusaders looked to even the game at 63:17 but the header by Lindsay Tuten hit the post and the ball was cleared out by the BC defense. North Greenville was unable to get any other opportunities to tie the game until the 88th minute but Springer turned away Olivia Schmitke’s shot to preserve the shutout.

BC outshot its opponent 19-7 in the game including an 11-2 advantage in the first half. Bois had three shots in the game for the hosts while four other BC players registered two shots each. Huddleston played the first half for the Crusaders, taking the loss and turned away four shots. Katie Tate played the second half in net and also had four saves.

The Tornados return to South Atlantic Conference play on Saturday as they travel to Charlotte, North Carolina to take on Queen’s University for a 6 p.m. kick off.

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