Brevard, N.C. - The Brevard College men’s soccer team was unable to out-muscle the Belmont Abbey Crusaders on Wednesday night. The Abbey scored three goals in the second half to defeat Brevard 3-0. With the loss, Brevard falls to 1-10-1 on the season and remains 1-4-0 in South Atlantic Conference play.
The first half was dominated by the Crusaders offense, as they outshot the Tornados 11-2, but Pauli Jussila (Valkeakoski, Finland) was up to the task as he had three saves in the first half. After 45 minutes of the scoreless play, halftime came with a score of 0-0.
It took just over seven minutes in the second half for Belmont Abbey to find the back of the net. Timmi Borges DaSilva was fed a ball from Stuart Kirk and beat Jussila with a shot into the top right part of the net giving Abbey a 1-0 lead.
DaSilva was in on the second Abbey goal as well. He was able to pick up an assist as he passed the ball to Ross Smith who made it 2-0 at the 60:02 mark in the game.
With just over 10 minutes remaining the Crusaders struck again to score their final goal of the match. Matt Dolan took a sliding shot and beat Jussila giving Belmont Abbey the final 3-0 edge.
Jussila spent the entire game in net for Brevard, and although he allowed three goals he made nine saves when faced with 26 shots.
The Abbey outshot Brevard 26-11 and was awarded one more corner kick than the Tornados who had just four, whole Belmont Abbey had five.
Brevard is back in action on Saturday when Brevard will play host to fellow South Atlantic Conference member Wingate University. The Bulldogs face off with the Tornados at 4 p.m. at the Brevard College Soccer Field.