Brevard, N.C. – Senior Carrilea Potter scored two goals in her second-to-last home match as the Brevard College Tornados hammered Converse College, 4-0, Friday afternoon in women’s soccer action. Brevard moves to 6-10-1 (0-6 South Atlantic Conference) with the win.
The match was plagued by a soggy pitch and blisteringly cold conditions, but that could not stop the Tornados from posting their highest offensive output since the season opener against Columbia College on August 29. With just one home match remaining, head coach Liz Stojetz’s club has clinched a winning home record; The Tornados are currently 5-3-1 on the fields of Brevard.
The Tornados crossed the scoring threshold in the 20th minute, when freshman Alyssa Caracena (Raleigh, N.C.) took off on a long run down the right sideline after a beautiful pass from Potter (Sylva, N.C.). Caracena’s strike from 20 yards out skipped under the hands of Converse keeper Ashley Mercuri (Mississauga, Ontario) and into the net, putting Brevard in charge, 1-0.
BC’s next tally came in the 49th minute. Caitlin Hubbard (Clayton, N.C.) played a short corner kick to Bailey Varley (Concord, N.C.). The freshman phenom swung a perfect cross to the head of Potter, who put it on the board to double Brevard’s advantage, 2-0.
Potter capped her brace in the 54th minute after linking up again with Varley. This time it was the freshman whose long sideline run set up a shot, which was stonewalled by Mercuri. But the Valkyrie keeper could not handle the rebound, which dribbled to the foot of Potter and was promptly smoked into the goal, making the score 3-0.
The final Tornado goal came in the 63rd minute from Latoshia Hopewell (Gatlinburg, Tenn.). A poorly-struck pass from the Converse back line was intercepted by Hopewell, who scored on an empty net to raise the final score to 4-0, Brevard.
The secondary statistics were every bit as lopsided as the score line was. Converse (1-17) managed just three shots, two of which were on goal. Brevard, meanwhile, launched 26 shots, 16 of which were on target. BC keeper Sydney Douglas (Houston, Tex.) made two saves to keep the Valkyries off the board, while Mercuri made 12 saves and allowed four goals.
Brevard’s next match is Wednesday, when they travel to Jefferson City, Tenn. for a 7:30 p.m. match with SAC rival Carson-Newman College. Converse also takes the pitch again on Wednesday, when they face Anderson College at 7 p.m.