Brevard, N.C. - With a starting lineup which included five freshmen, the Brevard College women’s soccer team expected to run into some bumps in their first years as full NCAA Division II and South Atlantic Conference members, but the Tornados continued building on last season’s experience as they recorded a winning home record on the year.
Head Coach Liz Stojetz’s squad battled through their first season as a full South Atlantic Conference member, competing against their conference foes in a number of close matches and ended the season just missing out on a trip to their first SAC Tournament.
The Tornados improved on their win total from the previous season as they finished the year with six victories. Brevard proved to be a tough match on their home turf going 5-4-1 in their games on the Brevard campus.
The Tornados started off the season on the right foot as BC opened up with what would prove to be a single game season-high nine goals in a home win against Columbia College on August 29. Brevard then recorded their second victory of the season one week later in a 2-1 win over Coker College on September 6.
As the middle of September rolled around and the temperature started to drop, Brevard heated up as they brought home back-to-back 1-0 shutouts over North Greenville and Southern Wesleyan.
The Tornados recorded their lone win away from Brevard when they traveled to Swannanoa, N.C. on October 4, as they defeated Warren Wilson 3-0. Returning home, the Tornados closed out their last win of the season in a 4-0 victory over Converse College on October 24.
For the season, the Tornados were ranked highly in several categories throughout the conference. As a team, Brevard was ranked seventh in the conference in goals scored, sixth in assists, first in saves and seventh in shutouts recorded.
Individually ranked in the conference was senior forward Carrilea Potter, who was seventh in assists with four on the year. Junior goalkeeper Sydney Douglas was second in the conference with 89 saves and seventh in the conference with three shutouts recorded.
The Tornados had 12 different players record goals on the season, with another 11 contributing to the attack with assists. Freshman Bailey Varley led the offensive attack with six goals, while Potter was right behind her with five. Freshman Latoisha Hopewell and senior Ashley Fincher also recorded multiple scores in adding four and three goals, respectively.
Potter, who led the team with her four assists, was joined in the attack by Varley and freshman midfielder Alyssa Caracena who both had three.
The goal was patrolled by Douglas who recorded 15 starts in the 16 games she played between the posts. Douglas, who claimed all six of the Tornado victories, was ably backed up by freshman Jordan Box who played in six games, including one start at the end of the season.
The Tornados will look to continue their improvement next season as they gear up for their second full season in the South Atlantic Conference. Despite losing four seniors, Brevard will return 21 players who saw significant minutes this season. The Tornados will be a force to be reckoned with as they prepare for what looks to be a breakthrough 2009 season.