BREVARD, N.C. - Ashley Fincher's 77th minute shot deflected off a Southern Wesleyan defender and into the back of the net, providing the lone goal in Brevard's 1-0 win Monday afternoon at the Brevard Soccer Field. The win moves the Tornados to 4-4 (0-1 SAC), while SWU drops to 5-1.
With less than 13 minutes remaining in the contest, Fincher (Burns, Tenn.) took control of a free ball at the top of the box and launched her only shot of the match. The strike immediately deflected off the foot of a Warrior defender and straight up into the air. SWU goalkeeper Sierra Threatt (Atlanta, Ga.) came off her line to pluck the ball out of the air, but badly misjudged its trajectory, allowing the ball to land over her head and bounce into the net. Nikki Peacock (Uxbridge, Ontario), who scored the game-winner last Wednesday against North Greenville, was credited with the assist, and the Tornados took a 1-0 lead.
Southern Wesleyan was given a golden opportunity to even the score in the 80th minute when Brevard's Chelsea Freeman (Charlotte, N.C.) was whistled for a foul inside of the 18-yard box. But Rosy Escobar's (Houston, Tex.) penalty kick was wide of the goal, preserving the Brevard lead and ultimately granting Liz Stojetz's team the victory.
Brevard's Bailey Varley (Concord, N.C.) nearly iced the game in the 86th minute with a strike from the left side of the box. The shot bounced past Threatt but was denied by the far side post. Fortunately for BC, the goal was unneeded, as SWU was unable to find the scoreboard.
The Tornados grabbed the victory despite struggling to control possession for most of the afternoon. Southern Wesleyan outshot Brevard 17-10, including a 10-1 margin in the first half. Brevard keeper Sydney Douglas (Houston, Tex.) stopped all seven shots on goal, including a breakaway attempt from Jackie Tubbs (Athens, Ala.) in the 86th minute that also nearly tied the score. Threatt stopped four of the five Brevard shots on goal.
The win marks the second season in a row that Stojetz's team has won four games. Last season, the Tornados earned victory number four in their 11th contest (a 2-1 win over Converse on September 26), but they went winless in their final nine matches.
Brevard returns to the pitch Wednesday, for their second SAC match of 2008, against Newberry College. First kick is set for 4 p.m. South Wesleyan hosts North Greenville on Saturday at 4 p.m.