Brevard, N.C. - Jorge Paseta scored an 89th minute goal off a deflected cross to propel Emmanuel College to a 4-3 victory over Brevard College Saturday afternoon at Tornado Field.
With the win, Emmanuel improves to 6-7, while the Tornados fall to 3-12-1 (0-6 SAC).
Brevard was responsible for the first score of the game but not in the manner they would have liked. In the 10th minute, miscommunication between goalkeeper Jerry Hatsady (Orlando, Fla.) and defender Ian Townson (Boiling Springs, S.C.) caused Townson to kick it into his own goal, giving Emmanuel a 1-0 lead.
The own goal did not destroy Brevard's morale, however, and the Tornados recovered with a pair of scores to take a lead of their own. Douglas Neill (Inellan, Scotland) got Brevard on the board in the 14th minute, heading a perfectly-struck cross from Jussi Halonen (Joensuu, Finland) into the bottom-left corner of the net to tie the affair at 1-1. Continued pressure from the Tornados culminated with a 23rd-minute goal from Kyle Hamilton (Peterhead, Scotland) on a shot from just outside of the box, giving BC a 2-1 advantage.
Emmanuel regained control of the pitch following the Hamilton goal, however, and made sure the teams did not go into intermission tied. Ste Heu's (Commerce, Ga.) 32nd-minute cross found the head of an unmarked Noel Abrego (Gainesville, Ga.), who beat Hatsady to tie the game at 2-2 heading into halftime.
The second half saw the scoring faucet get shut off until the 75th minute, when Emmanuel regained the lead on a highly controversial goal. An Emmanuel cross went uncleared, causing Hatsady to come off his line in an attempt to corral the ball. But as the Brevard keeper wrapped his arms around the ball, he was head-butted in the face by Emmanuel's Obinali Uzohu (Athens, Ga.), causing the ball to bounce away. Head official Harold Rowell chose not to call a foul, and with Hatsady on the ground in pain Emmanuel's Michael Huskins (Rome, Ga.) scored on an empty net to give Emmanuel a 3-2 lead.
The deficit did not discourage Brevard, though, and Ville Toivanen (Espoo, Finland), tied the game again in the most spectacular fashion possible. In the 85th minute Halonen headed the ball to Toivanen, who executed a perfect bicycle kick and drilled the ball into the goal, evening the score at 3 apiece.
But Emmanuel would have the last word. With overtime approaching, Paseta (Athens, Ga.) capitalized on a missed clearance to score a goal of his own just a minute before the 2nd half whistle. The goal made the score 4-3 and gave Emmanuel their sixth win of the season.
Emmanuel was badly outshot by Brevard, 25-11, but was efficient enough to earn the victory. Hatsady stopped five of the nine shot Emmanuel put on goal. Emmanuel keeper Andrew Endara (Lilburn, Ga.) played the first half, allowing two goals and making three saves. Tyler Jensen (Madison, Ga.) played the second, allowing one goal and making six saves.
The one-goal loss is the sixth of the season for the Tornados. Brevard is 3-6 in games decided by one goal in 2008.
Brevard returns to the pitch Tuesday for a 7 p.m. road showdown with Clayton State University. The Lions travel to Toccoa Falls College next Saturday for a 6 p.m. match.