BREVARD, N.C. – Brevard College junior transfer Yuki Soga netted a pair of goals to spark the Tornados to their best start since 2009, while BC topped Erskine, 2-1, Saturday at Brevard Soccer Field in Brevard, N.C.
The Tornados improve to 2-0-0 for their best start since 2009 when the squad won its first four matches. BC won consecutive matches for the first time since the 2011 season (Sept. 10 & 13). “Our game plan was to come out as hard as we did last game. Erskine is a tough team,” said head coach Shigeyoshi Shinohara. “We wanted to get the feeling of winning,” Shinohara said on the teams’ hot start. Erskine falls to 0-2-0 on the season and loses to BC for the first time since 2010.
Soga put the Tornados on the board when she recovered a bobbled ball by the Flying Fleet goalkeeper Ashton Baggett and beat her to the right side in the 22nd minute.
Erskine responded when Jamie Morris received a feed from Hayley Rogers and knotted the score at one when she blasted a shot past the outstretched arms of Brittany Webster from 26 yards out in the 40th minute.
However, Soga scored a sensational game-winning goal when she hooked a corner kick into the back of the net in the 59th minute to give the Tornados a lead they’d never relinquish. “Yuki has made a strong commitment to the players,” said Shinohara. “Even as transfer players, I’m very happy the players around her use her ability.”
Baggett finished the afternoon with five saves. BC recorded seven shots in each half while Erskine was only able to muster two in the final 45 minutes of action.
The Tornados look to make it a 3-0 start when they travel to Spartanburg, S.C. to battle Converse, Wednesday at 6 p.m.
Erskine (0-2-0) vs. Brevard College (2-0-0)
Date: Sep 07, 2013 Attendance: 123
Weather: 79 degree sunny with a few clouds
Goals by period 1
Erskine............. 1 0 - 1
Brevard College..... 1 1 - 2
1. 22:10 BC Yuki Soga (1) (unassisted) - recovered bobbled ball by goalie
2. 40:47 ERSKINE Jamie Morris (1) (Hayley Rogers) - feed from 28 shot from 26 yds over top of goalie
3. 59:03 BC Yuki Soga (2) Corner kick - off of corner kick
Shots: Erskine 8, Brevard
Saves: Erskine 5 (Ashton Burgess 5), Brevard College 1 (TEAM 1)