Tornados win second straight in dominant fashion over Chowan

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GREENSBORO, N.C. – In its penultimate match of the 2014 season, the Brevard College women’s soccer team notched a 2-0 neutral-site victory over Chowan University to give Brevard its most wins since the 2009 season.

The final score line didn’t truly reflect Brevard’s (5-11) dominance. The Tornados outshot Chowan (1-15) 27-1, with the Brevard back line not allowing a Hawks’ shot over the final 84 minutes of the contest. Goalkeeper Jocelyn Springer was forced to make just one save on the afternoon, while her Chowan counterpart Marissa Ghani stopped 11 of Brevard’s 13 shots on goal.

The Tornados wasted no time in commencing their offensive attack, firing off six shots over the first 14 minutes of the contest. Anita Maryskova, who led the team with six shots, had an attempt sail over the crossbar just two minutes into the match before Althea Dunn, Alex Perri, and Alexis Griffis combined for five shots in an eight-minute stretch that would be a sign of things to come.

Despite peppering Ghani with 13 shots in the first half, including five on frame, the Tornados were unable to notch the go-ahead goal until late in the second half. After a number of eye-popping saves by Ghani, Megan Jenkins finally broke through for the Tornados with a tremendous individual effort in the 80th minute. Jenkins wove through the defense before chipping a shot from just inside the penalty area that found the back post. The goal was reminiscent of Jenkins’ 77th-minute effort that lifted Brevard to its first conference win in four years in a 1-0 decision over Carson-Newman on September 27.

The Tornados scored their second goal two minutes later on a defensive miscue by the Hawks. A Griffis shot was parried wide of the net by Ghani, giving Shannon Bava a corner kick in the 82nd minute. As the corner came into the box, a Chowan defender attempting to clear the ball wide of the net misfired, giving Brevard its second and final goal of the match.

Brevard has struggled since attaining full NCAA membership in 2008, with its most successful campaign coming in a 6-12-1 season in 2009 that saw the team notch three overtime wins and earn its first victory in a South Atlantic Conference match. Brevard can equal its 2009 win total if the Tornados are able to secure a victory on Saturday in the season finale against Coker. A win would also give Brevard its longest winning streak since September 2013.

Kickoff for Saturday’s match, which will include Senior Day festivities, is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.

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