Rock Hill, S.C. - The Brevard College men's soccer team battled Division I Winthrop University to a standstill for 107 minutes but could not hold on in the end, succumbing to a 108th minute goal in the second overtime period from Eagle Said Abdi (Kissmayo, Somalia) in a 1-0 defeat Wednesday night at Eagle Field.
With the loss, the Tornados fall to 3-11-1 (0-6 South Atlantic Conference), while the Eagles improve 9-3 (3-0 Big South Conference).
Brevard launched the first shot of the match, a 2nd minute strike by Francois Diouf (Silver Springs, Md.) that was saved by Patrick Mitrovich (Marietta, Ga.). Goalkeeper Jerry Hatsady (Orlando, Fla.) and the Tornado back line would hold strong for the remainder of the opening half as Winthrop took the final ten shots of the period, with Hatsady turning away four.
The second half story echoed that of the first: Winthrop dominated possession but was unable to find the back of the net. The Eagles took all 12 shots in the second 45, but Hatsady saved four and the other eight sailed off target. Eagle striker Daniel Revivo (Richmond Hill, Ontario) led all players with seven shots in regulation, but the senior, ranked 2nd nationally in scoring heading into the match, could not light the lamp.
The Eagles nearly earned the golden goal in the 96th minute on a header from Henri Kalungi (Kampala, Uganda), but the senior's strike flew inches over the crossbar to keep the game deadlocked. The Tornados nearly earned a shocking victory of their own in the final minute of the first overtime, but Trey Bryan's (Purlear, N.C.) shot was stonewalled by Mitrovich.
Winthrop finally crossed the scoring threshold with less than three minutes remaining in the second and final overtime period. Abdi controlled the ball after a deflected cross and ripped a strike from 20 yards out past a diving Hatsady, scoring the clinching goal and denying the Tornados a monumental upset result.
Despite the loss, the performance of Coach Juan Mascaro's team is especially notable given the demoralizing loss they suffered at the hands of the Eagles last season. Winthrop shellacked the Tornados, 9-1, on October 9, 2007.
The Tornados will return to the friendly confines of Tornado Field Saturday when they host NAIA opponent Emmanuel College at 4 p.m. The Eagles will resume Big South play Saturday when they travel to Radford University for a 3 p.m. showdown between teams ranked in the top 10 of the NSCAA Division I South Atlantic Region.