Tornaods clawed by Bears, 2-1, in SAC Opener
Potter's 78th minute goal not enough, as 2nd half comeback falls short
BREVARD, N.C. - Carrilea Potter's 78th minute goal was the first SAC goal in Brevard College women's soccer history, but it was not enough to overcome a two-goal halftime deficit, as the Tornados fell to Lenoir-Rhyne University, 2-1, on Thursday night. The Bears improve to a perfect 5-0 (1-0 South Atlantic Conference) with the win, while Brevard sinks to 2-3 (0-1 SAC).
The Bears were in complete control throughout the first 45 minutes and got on the board first. Following an errant shot, LRU's Kaelia Frazier (Cedar Falls, Iowa) was taken down in the box, drawing a penalty. Audrey Moore (Bath, ENGLAND) was called on to take the penalty shot, and she connected to make the score 1-nil. The goal was the first of the season for the junior.
Lenoir-Rhyne doubled their advantage in the 34th minute on a Marianna Shackelford (Clermont, Fla.) goal. Lauren Rosch (Knoxville, Tenn.) connected with the reserve forward on a perfect through ball to set up a showdown between Shackelford and Brevard goalkeeper Sydney Douglas (Houston, Tex.). Shackelford's strike beat the junior in the lower-left portion of the net, and the Bears grew the lead to 2-nil. The goal was Shackelford's third of 2008.
The scored remained 2-nil at the intermission, and the Tornados emerged from the halftime break with a renewed fire, matching the Bears step for step. Reserve keeper Jordan Box (Hoover, Ala.) and the Tornado defense kept LRU out of the net, and Potter (Sylva, N.C.) got behind the backline 12 minutes before the final whistle and launched a shot past a leaping Katelyn Burwell (Carthage, N.C.) to cut the deficit in half, 2-1. The goal was Potter's third of the campaign, and the assist went to Chelsea Freeman (Charlotte, N.C.)
The Lenoir-Rhyne defense would neutralize the Brevard attack following the Potter goal, however, and the final score line would read 2-1. The Bears outshot BC, 26-6, but the majority of the damage was done in the first half, when LRU took 18 attempts at goal to Brevard's three. Lenoir-Rhyne keeper Burwell allowed one goal while turning away four shots. Brevard starter Douglas allowed both LRU goals while making five saves, while her replacement, Box, was perfect, turning away all three LRU shots on goal in the second stanza.
The turnaround is a quick one for Liz Stojetz's team, as they travel to Reinhardt College on Saturday. First kick in Waleska, Ga. is set for 3 p.m. The Bears look to remain unscathed when they square off with UNC Pembroke, also on Saturday