Jussila's shutout keeps playoff aspirations alive against Newberry
Mendonca records game-winning goal in first half in 1-0 victory
Newberry, S.C. - The Brevard College men’s soccer team kept their playoff aspirations alive as Pauli Jussila recorded his second shutout of the season, making Felipe Mendonca’s first half goal stand as the Tornados defeated Newberry College on Saturday afternoon, 1-0.
Brevard (2-11-1, 1-6 SAC) is currently one victory behind in their efforts to make the postseason for consecutive seasons for the first time in program history, sitting behind both Lenoir-Rhyne University and Wingate University in the SAC standings as both the Bears and Bulldogs currently hold 2-4 conference records with three matches to play in the season.
The Tornados started the action early against the Wolves (5-11, 1-7 SAC) as Alec Darcey recorded the first shot in the match at the 10:09 mark, but his efforts were blocked by the Newberry defense and Patrick Urmson’s attempt sailed high two minutes later to keep Brevard off the scoreboard.
On the opposite side of the field, Stephen Harvey and Kofi Kufuor both saw shots turned away by Jussila to keep the shutout intact through the first 30 minutes of the match.
Mendonca broke the stalemate at the 36:05 mark as he collected the rebound from Tommi Rasinmaki and beat goalkeeper Joel Johnson with a shot from 18 yards out to put the Tornados up 1-0.
Newberry would launch four more shots in the first half but none were able break the BC defense as the Tornados held the 1-0 advantage at the intermission.
The Tornados outshot the Wolves 9-8 in the second half, but Johnson kept Newberry in contention with four saves as Brevard was unable to expand on their narrow lead.
The Wolves challenged in the closing minutes as Kyle Maitland’s shot was redirected by the BC defense at the 87:35 mark and Harvey was unable to connect with 27 seconds left in the ballgame as the Tornados held on for the 1-0 victory.
Brevard remains on the road as they travel to Hickory, N.C. on Monday, October 21st for a make-up game against Lenoir-Rhyne University. The match was originally scheduled for September 21st, but was called due to rain. Kickoff for the Tornados and Bears is set for 4 p.m.