Posted: Oct 26, 2019
BREVARD, N.C. - The Brevard College Men's Soccer team (6-6-3, 6-3-3 USA) celebrated Senior Day with a 3-1 victory over Berea (4-15-0, 1-12-0 USAS) in USA South Conference play on Saturday afternoon at Ives-Lemel Family Field.
The victory for the Tornados came on Senior Day as seven Brevard College Men's Soccer seniors - Matthew Brethen, Patrick Hall, Eric Lenhart, Xavier Mariduena, Matheus Masukawa, Jackson Riddle and Alex Tenjhay - were honored in a special halftime presentation. Additionally, three seniors on the Tornado Reserves team - Javier Avalos, Justin Queen, and Sam Willis - were celebrated at the ceremony.
The game action began with back-and-forth play over the first few minutes of the match. Following a Tornado corner kick that applied pressure on Berea's defense, Riddle flicked a header into the goalmouth to Lucas Campos who finished the play by finding the back of the net. It marked Campos' fourth goal of the season in his initial campaign with the Tornados.
With the score remaining 1-0, Masukawa blasted a rocket off his right foot from over 30 yards that were perfectly placed in the upper right corner of the goal. The strike, which marked the graduating senior's team-best fifth goal of the season, ignited the BC bench and the Tornado fans in attendance.
Meanwhile, Brevard's defense led by seniors Lenhart, Riddle and Tenjhay, along with Marquis Dickerson, shut out the Mountaineers' offense in the first half allowing just one shot against senior goalkeeper Hall.
In the first half, Brevard outshot Berea 12-1 while maintaining possession for the majority of the stanza. Furthermore, the Tornados kept the ball in their attacking zones for most of the first stanza with three corner kicks to none by Berea.
The score remained 2-0 for much of the second half until Berea's Junior Gyamfi scored in the 69th minute to cut the Tornado lead to 2-1.
Berea threatened on a couple more occasions in the second half as evidenced by two spectacular saves by Hall.
In the 87th minute, freshman Lucca Silvani scored on a quick strike to give the Tornados a valuable insurance goal en route to the 3-1 final score.
In total, Brevard added nine shots to its ledger in the second half, outshooting Berea 21-3 for the match.
Head Coach Helio D'Anna was able to insert 11 substitutes in a match where 23 Tornados saw action. Nine different players registered shots, led by five shots from freshman Vinicius Giannaccini.
Brevard will be back in action on Sunday for the final home game for the seven seniors at Ives-Lemel Family Field as the Tornados host USA South Conference rival Huntingdon at 1 p.m. The Tornados will then conclude their 2019 regular season with a match at non-conference foe Piedmont International in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
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