Brevard, N.C. - The Brevard College men’s soccer team was unable to come out on top Tuesday evening when they squared off with the Cobras of Virginia Intermont College. Despite leading 2-1 with under 10 minutes remaining, the Tornados weren’t able to come out victorious, falling 3-2.
The Tornados were dominant throughout most of the match, although they fell behind in the first half. Virginia Intermont took a 1-0 lead in the 18th minute of play. Marshall Phillips netted one at 18:42 to give the Cobras the first half lead, but Brevard didn’t allow the score to remain as the match neared halftime.
Niclas Stolt (Kaarina, Finland) used a header to tie the match with just under five minutes remaining in the first half. Stolt’s first goal of the season came off of a cross from Jaime Villacis (Miami, Fla.). It was Villacis’ second assist of the season. The match headed into halftime all nodded-up at one goal a piece.
It took nearly 25 minutes in the second half before the tie was broken. It was Villacis that set-up another BC goal. His pass this time was led to the foot of Landon Reid (Shelby, N.C.) who put one past the Cobras’ keeper at the 77:20 mark. It was Reid’s first goal of 2010 and Villacis’ third assist.
Just five minutes later Virginia Intermont was able to even up the score when they were awarded a penalty kick. Yannick Chiepodeu took the shot for Virginia Intermont and beat Brevard’s keeper. It was only 53 seconds later that Joseph Gandara scored on a wide open net when Brevard’s goalie was involved in a collision with a Virginia Intermont competitor. The goal gave the Cobras the 3-2 edge which held up as the final score of the match.
Ryan Bailey (Bostic, N.C.) started in net for the Tornados. It was his first start of the season and he lasted nearly the whole game. He made one save in the match. Pauli Jussila (Valkeakoski, Finland) retired Bailey in net after he collided with a Virginia Intermont athlete.
The Tornados outshot Virginia Intermont 26-11 and was able to rack up 13 more corner kicks winning in that category 14-1.
The Brevard men’s soccer team will be in action at home again on Saturday, when they play host to their conference rival Carson-Newman. Kick-off is set for 4 p.m. at Brevard College Soccer Field.