Tornados fall in conference opener

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BREVARD, N.C. – Brevard college’s women’s soccer team opened up South Atlantic Conference play on Wednesday, Sept 16 with a home bout versus Lincoln Memorial University, losing 1-0. With the defeat Brevard drops to 1-2-1 overall and 0-1 in league play.

The one goal loss is the best outing Brevard has had versus Lincoln Memorial (2-1-1, 1-0 SAC) since the 2009 season where the Tornados lost 2-3 and the one goal allowed matched the 2008 match, the inaugural conference bout between the two sides, for the least amount of goals scored by the Railsplitters in the series. The one goal allowed is also the least amount the Blue & White have surrendered in its SAC opener.

LMU opened up the contest with a header opportunity in the first minute with the attempt going left of the goal. Following a shot from the Railsplitters that hit the post, Brevard countered with its first shot of the match in the 15th minute as Ashley Hughes blasted an on target shot that was saved by the goalkeeper. The home team had one last opportunity to get ahead before the intermission with a corner kick coming in the 44th minute, but the cross from Hinako Omizu was deflected by the defense.

Brevard was forced into a defensive mindset from the start of the second half as Lincoln Memorial yet again got a header in the first minute with this one on target. In the 49th minute the Railsplitters broke the scoreless bout with as Claire Leasure maneuvered her way past the defensive line to score the first goal against BC in over 190 minutes of action.

Sarah Fonger responded for the Tornados with a shot on goal off a corner kick cross from Anita Maryskova but it was deflected by the goalie. The final BC attempt at an equalizer came in the 57th minute as Katherine Nickels attempt went over the goal. LMU tried to extend its lead with four quality shots but Jocelyn Springer saved them all to keep her side within one goal.

Fonger led the attack with two shots, while her one on target matched Shannon Bava and Hughes. Springer saved a season-best five shots in the loss.

Brevard is back in action on Saturday, Sept. 19 when they travel to Coker for a 4 p.m. match.

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