Tornados Venture to Mars Hill for Conference Bout
BC seeks its first conference win
The Brevard College women’s soccer team hits the road for a South Atlantic Conference match against Mars Hill Friday evening at 5 p.m. at Belk Field in Mars Hill, N.C.
• The Tornados (3-10-1, 0-7-1 SAC) seek to end an 11-match winless skid while playing away from home for the first time in nine days. BC is 1-5-1 on the road while Mars Hill sports a 2-4-1 home record.
• On Tuesday, Brevard dropped a 3-0 decision to Anderson and was blanked for the third time in four matches. Anderson’s Helena Moore notched a pair of first half goals and chipped in an assist while goalkeeper Kaitlyn Neipp produced a clean slate with five saves. With the loss, BC was mathematically eliminated from postseason contention.
• Offensively, Head Coach Shigeyoshi Shinohara’s team has scored more goals this year (14) than it did all of last season (10). The Tornados are 3-2-1 when producing double-digit shots and 0-8 when held to single digits in the category.
• Sophomore forward Clair Deese has put together a solid season while she leads the team with 19 shots, including nine on target. Transfer Sarah Fonger sits second with 18 while being tied for the team lead in goals (three). Yuki Soga leads the team in points with nine and shares the lead with Fonger in goals scored. Despite recent offensive struggles, 10 Tornados have tallied a point on the season.
• Senior goalkeeper Webster has started all 14 matches this season and has racked up 56 saves and three wins for the Tornados. Webster reached the 300-save plateau in her career Saturday with a save in the first half while sporting a 2.16 goals against average this season.
• Senior Jamie Bundy and junior Althea Dunn have appeared in six and four matches, respectively, following missing a majority of the season with injuries. Each has recorded one shot since their return.
• Mars Hill is 2-10-2, 1-7-1 SAC on the season and has dropped its last three matches. The Lions fell to Carson-Newman, 2-1, Wednesday in overtime. Mars Hill has been shutout nine times this season while scoring nine goals on the season.
• The Lions have six players in double figures in the shot category. Rachel Weber paces the offense in shots (28), points (11) and goals (five). Hannah Russell leads the team with two assists while sophomore goalkeeper Tori Stajduhar leads the team with 77 saves, including a 16-save effort against Wingate Oct. 4.
• Mars Hill hasn’t lost to BC dating back to 2008. The Lions claimed a 4-0 victory last season and has shutout the Tornados on three occasions (2008, ’11, and ’12).