Tornados fall 3-2 to Monarchs despite strong first half

Tornados fall 3-2 to Monarchs despite strong first half

Brevard, N.C. - The Brevard College Tornados (2-2-0) hosted the Methodist Monarchs (3-2-0) on Saturday, making their first home appearance of the season at Ives-Lemel Field. The Tornados stormed out of the gate early but gave up the lead late to Methodist. The Tornados only took seven total shots compared to the Monarch's 21. 

Brevard got things going early as a long shot on the right side of the box by Megan Shina found the left corner of the net (7:15). The goal marked Shina's second of the season, with the first coming September 2nd at Oglethorpe.  The shot was set up nicely by Caroline David, as she made her 3rd assist of the season. Caroline has already matched her career high in assists (3) in only four games this season. 

Ashley Hughes added to the Tornados lead at the 21st-minute mark, capitalizing on good ball movement by Erica Zufferey and Megan Shina. Hughes has also matched a single-season career high for goals made (4), with three of those coming in the last two games.  

Rebeccah Rojas (2-2-0) started in goal for Brevard, shutting out the Monarchs in the first half before allowing three goals in the second half. 

The game was played cleanly, with no cautions issued to either side. Brevard out-fouled Methodist, 11-6, giving Methodist some key set pieces in the second half that helped break down the Tornados defense. Methodist unleashed a barrage of shots in the second half, outshooting Brevard 13-4 during this period. In addition to set pieces off of fouls, Methodist was also able to control six corner kicks, with four of these coming in the first half. 

The Difference: A late goal (81:14) by the Monarch's Haley Bowles proved to be the difference in the match.  Bowles found the back of the net as she headed a deflection past the outstretched arms of Brevard goalie Rebeccah Rojas

Next Up: The Tornados will host back to back matches next weekend. Brevard plays host to William Peace on Friday at 7:00 pm and then squares off with Averett on Saturday at 2:00 pm. 

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