The Brevard College men’s soccer team returns to action following a week off when it welcomes Lincoln Memorial for a South Atlantic Conference battle at 3:30 p.m. Saturday afternoon at Brevard Soccer Field in Brevard, N.C.
• Last Saturday, the Tornados were ousted by Carson-Newman, 7-1. Carson-Newman netted three goals in the first 17 minutes to put BC into a hole it couldn’t climb out of. The Tornados’ Ryan McPhillips netted his team-high fourth goal of the year in the 25th minute and has scored a goal in three consecutive matches.
• BC (2-6) has matched its win total from last season (two), but has suffered five consecutive losses. The Tornados are 2-1 at home, but remain winless (0-5) on the road.
• The Tornados have been shutout only two times this season compared to five in 2012.
• Heath Turner and McPhillips are the only Tornados to start every match this season. McPhillips and Paulo Silva (12) are tied for the team lead in shots. 20 different Tornados have taken a shot this year while freshman Rhem Stubbs is second on the team in goals with two. Turner leads the South Atlantic Conference with 43 saves.
• Lincoln Memorial sits at 3-4-1, 1-2-1 SAC on the year and fell in overtime to Lenoir-Rhyne, 2-1, last Saturday. The Railsplitters have lost consecutive matches and are 1-2-1 on the road. LMU has played extra time in four matches already this season, but has dropped three of those decisions.
• The Railsplitters offense will be paced by Mario Pinto. Pinto is second in shots (38), tied for third in the conference with 15 points while sitting in a three-way tie for second in goals (six). Netminder Marcel Barwanietz has stopped 24 shots this season and has a 1.48 goals against average.
• Lincoln Memorial has dominated the series lately by winning the last four matches, including a 5-1 decision last year. The Tornados last defeated LMU in 2008 by a 2-1 score in overtime.
• BC head coach and Athletic Director Juan Mascaro enters his seventh season at the helm for the Tornados while assistant coach Bradley Morrison is in his first year.