SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Brevard College senior Lindsay Pritchard propelled the Tornados to a 2-1 double overtime victory scoring the game-winner in the 104th minute Wednesday night in Spartanburg, S.C.
BC (3-0-0) is off to its best start since 2009 and won its first road match since Oct. 2011 when it defeated the same Converse squad. Converse (3-2-0) played its fifth game in six days.
“It was a very tough game…we learned something very important today, we learned we had to play to the very end,” said head coach Shigeyoshi Shinohara. “We played phenomenally on defense today and I have to give huge credit to the Converse team.”
BC drew first blood when Katherine Nickels received a feed from Pritchard, who gathered an assist, and beat the Valkyries netkeeper Gabie Chamberland in a one-on-one situation with 53 seconds remaining in the first half to make it a 1-0 match.
Converse made it even at one when Georgia Jones collected a rebound off of a corner kick and scored in the 66th minute.
Neither team had many scoring opportunities during the rest of regulation or in the first overtime.
The Tornados’ Lizzie Graham launched a corner kick that went off the back of Pritchard and into the back of the net for the game-winning goal in the 104th minute.
“I knew it was going to be our last solid opportunity to score,” said Pritchard. “Elena (Crowe) and I went all into it and I knew we would have a good chance off of it.”
The Tornados continue their road trip and look to improve to 4-0 when they visit North Greenville in Tigerville, S.C. Saturday at 7 p.m.
Brevard College (3-0) vs. Converse College (3-2)
Date: Sep 11, 2013 Attendance: 100
Goals by period 1 2 OT O2 Tot
Brevard College..... 1 0 0 1 - 2
Converse College.... 0 1 0 0 - 1
1. 44:07 BC Katherine Nickels (2) (Lindsay Pritchard) – feed from middle to left side from 17
2. 66:54 CONSOC Georgia Jones (unassisted) – rebound off of corner kick
3. 104:27 BC Lindsay Pritchard (1) (Lizzie Graham) – off of corner kick
Shots: Brevard College 14, Converse College 13
Saves: Brevard College 3 (Brittany Webster 3), Converse College 4
(Gabie Chamberland 4)