Tornados tie with Converse

Box Score

MARS HILL, N.C. – Brevard College’s women’s soccer team hosted Converse College on the campus of Mars Hill on Wednesday afternoon, battling for a 1-1 draw. Brevard moved to 4-9-2 overall with the tie.

The Tornados took the lead early in the contest, as Anita Maryskova muscled the ball into the attacking third and blasted the ball past the Converse (10-6-1) goalkeeper in the 10th minute of play.

The junior becomes just the seventh BC player to amass double digit points in a season. With her five goals and one assist Maryskova now has 11 points on the year 16 career points, surpassing Lizzie Graham for fourth place in the NCAA era record book.

In the second half Converse was able to knot the score at 1-1 with a goal from Alex Marquez. Following the score, the Valkyries kept the ball in their offensive half and took four unanswered shots over a 10 minute span. Brevard countered with a string of three corner kicks that produced a pair of shots. With the score still tied and less than two minutes remaining Kathleen Gant got the ball and fired a shot, but it went wide.

Brevard held Converse to no shots in the first overtime, but could not get one of its four past the goalkeeper. Katlin Burns created the best opportunity of the match as she blasted a shot, forcing the goalie out of position to save it, and got the rebound which she fired back at the goal only to hit the post and bounce out.

Jocelyn Springer broke her season-best for most saves in the second overtime; finally eclipsing the eight save plateau she marked the past two contests with a game-saving stop in the final minute.

Burns led the offense with five shots, three on target. Shannon Bava, Katherine Nickels, Caroline David Gant and Maryskova all had multiple shots with Maryskova having two on goal.

The 2015 regular season comes to an end on Saturday, Oct. 31 when they host Queens at 1 p.m. The game will be senior day, honoring the Tornados senior class prior to the match starting.

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