Monday, September 1, 2008


Townson's penalty kick goal earns first result of the season

HARTSVILLE, S.C. - The Brevard College men's soccer team fought through inclement weather and a tough Conference Carolinas opponent to earn their first result of the season Sunday afternoon, tying Coker College, 1-1, in Hartsville, S.C. The Tornados move to 0-1-1 with the draw, while the Cobras now stand 1-0-1.

After a scoreless first half, the Cobras got on the board in the 64th minute when goalkeeper Jerry Hatsady's clearance deflected off of Coker substitute Matthew Jarrett. Jarrett was credited with the goal and the Cobras led 1-nil.

Brevard would draw even in the 79th minute after Coker was whistled for a handball infraction in the 18-yard box. Coach Juan Mascaro selected his captain, Ian Townson, to take the penalty kick, and Townson delivered to level the tally at one apiece.

With the score tied at one, the game was delayed almost an hour in the 83rd minute after lighting was spotted in the area. After both teams returned to the field, opportunities abounded for both sides but neither team could break the deadlock in either the remaining eight minute of regulation or the two 10-minute overtime periods.

After struggling to stay organized in their season-opening 4-2 loss against Belmont Abbey on Friday, the Brevard backline held firm Sunday against a solid Coker attack. Thanks in part to quality marking from his defensive mates, Hatsady allowed just the one goal while making three saves. Cobra keeper Joel Tyson also allowed just one goal while stopping four BC shots.

The match was a physical affair that was marred by nine yellow cards and two red. Coker's Ben Robinson was sent off in the 60th minute after seeing his second yellow, and Brevard's Anthony Cardenas was ejected seven minutes later for his second caution. Both players will be suspended for their team's next matches.

Both sides take the pitch again on Wednesday. The Cobras will duel with Wingate, while Brevard will look to finish their three-game series against Conference Carolinas opponents in Due West, S.C. against Erskine. The Tornados and Flying Fleet will kick things off at 7 p.m.