Mars Hill, N.C. – The Brevard College men’s soccer team scored three goals on Saturday afternoon, but it wasn’t enough to come away with the victory at Mars Hill, as the Lions held on to win despite a furious Tornado comeback in the last two minutes, 4-3.
The loss drops the Tornados to 2-9-1 and 0-5 in the conference, while Mars Hill improves to 6-5 and 2-2 in the SAC.
The Lions got on the board first in the 25th minute, as David Robb scored off a free kick from 24 yards out to give Mars Hill an early 1-0 lead.
Mars Hill doubled its lead only five minutes later, as Troy Cole put a header past BC goalkeeper Jerry Hatsady in the 30th minute to put the Lions up 2-0 with only 15 minutes to remaining in the first half. The assist went to Rury Caulfield as he set up the header by Cole with a beautiful corner kick into the box.
Down 2-0 the Tornados would not go away, as junior captain Ian Townson cut into the Mars Hill lead, as he scored on a penalty kick in the 41st minute to put the score at 2-1, where it would remain into the halftime break.
The Lions again scored first in the second half, as just under a minute into the second 45 minutes of play, Ernest Sobers scored an unassisted goal on a breakaway to put Mars Hill back up on top by two at 3-1.
Again the Tornados answered as in the 61st minute, as freshman Ryan Ayers put a shot past the Mars Hill keeper Sean Merfeld from 30 yards out to cut the lead back to one at 3-2.
However, the Lions’ Sobers struck again, this time scoring off a rebounded shot by Rafael Berrios in the 81st minute to put Mars Hill up 4-2 with less than 10 minutes remaining in the game. The goal was Sobers second of the contest.
The Tornados Douglas Neill scored his first goal of the season off a corner kick from Anthony Cardenas in the final minute of play, but it wasn’t enough as the Lions held on for the 4-3 victory over Brevard.
BC freshman goalkeeper Hatsady had 14 saves on the day as he faced 25 shots over the 90 minutes of play.
Mars Hill’s Merfield had fives saves, as the Tornados scored three goals on only 10 shots for the game.
The Tornados will step out of conference play for the next match, as BC will travel to Dahlonega, Ga. on Tuesday, October 7 to take on North Georgia College for a 4 p.m. start time. Mars Hill will play host to Tusculum College on Wednesday, October 8 at 7 p.m.