MACON, Ga. – The Brevard College Tornados Women's Soccer team (7-2-0, 3-0-0) pulled off another triumphant win with a 5-1 victory over the Wesleyan College Wolves (1-8-1, 0-2-0) on Sunday afternoon in Macon, Ga.
Under the direction of Head Coach Juan Mascaro, the victory marked Brevard's fifth-straight win, setting a new program NCAA-era record for consecutive matches won. The previous mark was set by the 2009 Tornados Women's Soccer team which won four consecutive matches to open the season.
This match stayed tight through the first half of action. Despite getting 11 shots off in the first half, Brevard was only able to find the back of the net once, by way of Sallie Riggan's first goal of 2018. Riggan's 12th-minute goal put BC in front for good, as Wesleyan was unable to find the equalizer.
Rebaccah Rojas (4-2-0) got the start in goal for the Tornados. Rojas held Wesleyan scoreless in the first half, and earned the victory, as she saved four shots and allowed just one goal.
Brevard continued its barrage of shots in the second half. The Tornados sent 19 shots in the second half, connecting on four.
Senior Ashley Hughes, the reigning USA South Conference Player of the Week, got the scoring started for BC in the second half. Hughes connected in the 51st minute to extend the Brevard lead to 2-0.
Wesleyan was able to find the back of the net in the 72nd minute, as Quenshawn Brandon put a shot past Rojas to cut the BC lead to 2-1.
The Tornados would answer back with three unanswered goals to put the game away. Hughes fired a shot past Wesleyan goalkeeper Carlee Dykes to put BC up 3-1 and also add to her USA South leading goals scored total. Hughes has now scored 11 goals in 2018.
Abbie Petrosky scored for the first time in her Tornados career, as she found the back of the net in the 83rd minute to extend the BC lead to 4-1. Petrosky now has four points in 2018, pairing today's goal with two assists collected against Berea College.
Just for good measure, Megan Shina gave the Tornados a little extra insurance late in the game. Saturday's hero fired an 88th-minute goal to put BC up 5-1, which proved to be the final score.
The Brevard College Women's Soccer team outshot (30-6), and controlled more corner kicks (7-5) than their adversaries from Wesleyan College. This game was a prime example of why Brevard is amongst the USA South Conference leaders in attack categories. The Tornados are third in the USA South in shots taken (161), and second in goals scored (23).
After the match, Head Coach Juan Mascaro and Tornados' Sophomore commented on the team's success and the big win today.
"This weekend showcased the great work ethic and discipline that this team has," commented Mascaro after the win. "It made all the difference this weekend. I am extremely proud of them, you can tell that this team is special."
"We really fought and worked for each other this weekend," added Riggan, who tallied her first goal of 2018. "You can tell that we have great chemistry."
The Tornados will look to extend their record-setting win streak as they enter October. Brevard will face two critical matchups this upcoming week. BC travels to Demorest, Ga. on Wednesday, October 3 as Brevard and Piedmont meet in a matchup of two teams who are undefeated in USA South Conference play. BC returns home on Saturday, October 6 for a matchup with the Covenant Scots.
DAVID, HUGHES, SHINA AND HEAD COACH JUAN MASCARO TO APPEAR ON MONDAY'S TORNADO TALK: Brevard College seniors Caroline David, Ashley Hughes and Megan Shina, as well as Head Women's Soccer Coach Juan Mascaro, will be special guests on the Tornado Talk show this Monday, October 1 at 7 p.m. Tornado Talk is broadcast live on location every Monday at Dugan's Pub (29 West Broad Street, Brevard, N.C.). Fans are welcome to attend the broadcast in person or tune live at the Brevard College Athletics Facebook page.
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