Tornados chow on Hawks for first win of season

Box Score

BREVARD, N.C. – Brevard College’s women’s soccer earned its first victory of the 2015 season on Saturday, Sept. 12, as the Tornados shut out the Chowan Hawks 3-0. With the win BC improves to 1-1-1 on the year.

History was made at Brevard Soccer Field as the royal blue & white held the opposition to no shots, the first time that has happened since Brevard joined the NCAA ranks in 2008. The three goal margin was Brevard’s biggest since a 7-0 rout of Virginia Intermont on Sept. 1, 2012. The 27 shots taken by the home team matches last year’s total versus Chowan (1-4) for the fourth most in BC’s NCAA era.

Despite a plethora of shots in the opening frame, it was not until the ninth attempt, taken by Katherine Nickels, that a shot was on target, coming in the 43rd minute. BC constantly kept the ball in Chowan’s territory and playing aggressive, drawing four offsides in the half.

After warming up their legs in the first 45 minutes, Brevard came out firing in the encore. Hinako Omizu, Anita Maryskova, Megan Shina and Shannon Bava all blasted shots on goal in the opening six minutes of play, with Sarah Fonger scoring the first goal of the match in the 56th minute off the blocked cross from Omizu.

In the 71 st minute, Caroline David scored her first collegiate goal with a shot from long range going over the goalkeeper’s reach to put the Tornados up 2-0. Following a header attempt from Sarah Rhoades, a Hawk’s player drew a yellow card inside the box giving Brevard a penalty kick. Bava took the attempt for the home team, getting the shot past the goalie to put the home side up three. BC had a chance to score a fourth goal in the 88th minute as Alexis Griffis got an opportunity from the wing but the shot went above the goal.

Bava paced the offense with a goal and assist for four points. David led the Tornados with six total shots while Bava and Shina had a team-high three shots on goal. Fonger, Maryskova, Omizu, Nickels and Rhoades all had shots on target and David had two.

Jocelyn Springer started the match for Brevard and watched over the goal for the first 74 minutes. Elise Youmans made her first appearance of the year, goalkeeping for 15 minutes of scoreless play.

South Atlantic Conference league play begins for BC on Wednesday, Sept. 16, when Lincoln Memorial comes to Brevard for a 2 p.m. contest.

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