Brevard, N.C. - The Brevard College men’s soccer team under went a number of changes in 2007 as the Tornados found themselves competing against a full South Atlantic Conference schedule.
The Tornados also saw new leadership this year at the head coaching position, as Coach Juan Mascaro took over the reigns for his first season at Brevard. With their transition to NCAA Division II, a challenging SAC conference slate and new leadership at the top, the Tornados responded positively as they improved and matured throughout the season thus improving on their win total from a season ago.
Brevard faced a tough schedule with the majority of the opponents being NCAA Division II members, including the eight South Atlantic Conference teams in which BC faced because of the fact that the Tornados are in their last season as provisionary members of the SAC.
The Tornados, who dealt with a number of different injuries throughout the 2007 season, went from only one win in the previous year to recording four this season along with one tie. The wins included a big home opener, first game victory against the tough Pfeiffer University team in double overtime with a 2-1 victory. The other BC victories came at the expense of Emory & Henry, 2-1 and Toccoa Falls, 5-1. The last win of the season came against Warren Wilson with another 2-1 victory.
The Tornados tied fellow South Atlantic Conference foe Mars Hill, at home, 2-2 proving that the Tornado team is making full strides in making the leap to compete on a regular basis with the high competitive South Atlantic Conference.
Sophomore co-captain Ian Townson (Boiling Springs, SC) and senior Owen Carson (Atlanta, GA) led the Tornados on the season with four goals each. Carson, only saw action in 12 matches for the season, having missed seven games due to injury.
Freshman Kyle Stanforth (Orlando, FL) led in the assist category with three assist on the year. Senior goalkeeper Trevor Redpath (Birmingham, AL) recorded 93 saves while plying most of the season with an aggravated hamstring. Redpath was 2-8-1 on the season.
With all the new changes in the men’s soccer program, the Tornados have a lot of positive and exciting points to build on heading into the 2008 season. Brevard returns 16 players while losing only four seniors to graduation. Head Coach Mascaro and Brevard College will look to build on what looks to be a promising foundation for a men’s soccer program that shows a lot of potential for the future of the Tornados.