Tornados celebrate Senior Day, but ultimately fall to Catawba, 5-0
Brevard, N.C. - The Brevard College women’s soccer team celebrated senior day as they recognized the on-field accomplishments of seniors Carrilea Potter, Courtney Sofferin, Ashley Fincher, and Jennifer King in a ceremony before the game.
However, the quartet of seniors could not keep the visiting Catawba College Indians at bay, as the Tornados fell 5-0 on a gorgeous Saturday afternoon.
With the loss, the Tornados fall to 6-12-1, 0-8 in the conference, while the Indians improve to 13-4-1, 6-1-1 in the SAC.
Catawba got on the board in the 22nd minute when Alyssa Retundie collected a ball in the box after it had ricocheted off a Brevard defender and lofted a ball just over the reach of Tornado keeper Jordan Box into the back of the net to give the Indians a 1-0 lead.
The Tornados had a chance to tie it up before halftime, but a shot by Caitlin Hubbard was blasted over the net, and the Indians went into the half ahead, 1-0.
For the half, the Tornados were outshot 12-3, but Box kept the Indians at bay with four saves. Her counterpart, Lindsay Webster recorded one save on the only Tornado shot on target.
In the second half the Indians struck quickly as they notched two goals in the 48th minute. The first one came from Lena Suarez who headed the ball into the net after teammate Nikki Blackwelder knocked the ball away from Box. The second one came 30 seconds later as Paige Harrington took an advance from Tasha Wilhelm and put the ball in the net to give Catawba a 3-0 lead.
Harrington got back on the board in the 60th minute when she put a ball into the lower left corner of the net, and she finished up the hat trick in the 78th minute to put the Indians up 5-0.
The Tornados had an opportunity in the 75th minute when an Indian was called for a foul in box, but Fincher’s penalty kick was blocked by Webster.
For the game, the Tornados were outshot 27-10, with Box recording seven saves. Webster and Sarah Mosier split time in the box for the Indians and combined to record five saves.
For the Tornados, this game wraps up their first season in the South Atlantic Conference. Although replacing the four seniors is going to be tough, the Tornados will look to bounce back next year having gained valuable experience for their returning players.