Belmont, N.C. - Marcelo Betcer attempted a game-high five shots in a physical contest on Saturday afternoon against Belmont Abbey, but the Crusaders found twine three times in the contest as they defeated the visiting Tornados in non-conference action, 3-0.
Belmont Abbey (1-1) got on the board first at the 22:57 mark as Kyle Searles redirected a free kick by Jack Reid, heading the offering into the back of the net past Brevard (0-2) goalkeeper Pauli Jussila. The Crusaders struck again less than five minutes later as Jussila made a great save off Conor Wells’ shot attempt, but the ball rebounded to Timmi Borges DaSilva and he placed the ball in the back of the net at the 27:11 mark to put the score at 2-0.
The Tornados and Crusaders were very physical in the first half, with a total of four yellow cards given in the first 45 minutes, and two more were added in the second half as the teams continued to battle back and forth.
Betcer and Tommi Rasinmaki combined for the first three shots of the second half for Brevard, but were unable to find pay dirt, keeping the score at 2-0 until the 72:11 mark as Josh Drew snuck a shot past the BC keeper off the assist from DaSilva to give Belmont Abbey a commanding 3-0 lead.
The Tornados continued to press, attempting a pair of corner kicks in the 82nd minute and had one more shot on goal, but were unable to put a mark on the score board in falling on Saturday, 3-0.
Brevard remains on the road as they travel on Tuesday, September 6th, making their way to nearby Asheville, N.C. where they will take on NCAA Division I opponent UNC Asheville. Kickoff between the Bulldogs and the Tornados is set for 4 p.m.