NEWBERRY — As rain fell on the Smith Road Complex the Newberry men’s soccer team opened the offensive floodgates on their own as Newberry more than doubled its offensive output with a 4-2 victory over the visiting Brevard Tornados.
It appeared Brevard (2-5, 0-2 SAC) was going to jump out to an early lead when Drew Gallowitch saw the woodwork take away a Tornados goal in the second minute. Gallowitch broke away from the Newberry (1-6, 1-2 SAC) defense only to see his shot ping off the near post, roll across the goal mouth and roll off the far post.
The near goal by Brevard was answered quickly by Newberry when in the 10th minute senior Brady Francis sent a ball into the 18-yard box, which looked to set-up a 50-50 ball for Newberry sophomore Anthony Lucido (Lakeland, Fla.) and Brevard goalkeeper Heath Turner. Lucido corralled the through ball and found himself with an angled shot on an empty net, which resulted in the first collegiate goal of Lucido’s career.
The Tornados responded to Lucido’s goal by outshooting the Wolves 5-3 in the opening period, but did not find the scoreboard as Newberry’s senior goalkeeper Patrick Sweatt posted a pair of saves.
Leading 1-0 after the opening half, Newberry began the second period with a bang as Lucido sent a dangerous ball toward the goal mouth. Freshman Graham Jermstad tallied his third goal of the season on a crafty diving header to get on the end of Lucido’s cross.
Jermstad’s goal was followed by a Brevard penalty kick goal in the 48th minute, which saw the Tornados pick up the pace on offense. Newberry continued to outdo Brevard with possession and offensive opportunities, despite Brevard’s increased pressure after Ryan McPhillips’ spot kick goal.
Multiple Newberry scoring chance came up empty, until sophomore Mario Stojkoski (Skopje, Macedonia) sent a ball to the top of the 18-yard box, which was run onto by freshman Tomas Garcia. Garcia sidestepped Turner to score his first collegiate goal and the would-be game winner.
Newberry followed Garcia’s 61st minute strike with an insurance goal in the 67th as freshman Edwin Garcia sent a cross through the penalty area, which was hammered into the back of the net by freshman Jalin Buler. Butler’s goal gave Newberry a 4-1 advantage and was the first of his career.
Brevard narrowed the Newbery lead in the 74th on a goal from Micah Bagwell.
The Wolves outshot the Tornados 15-9, while Newberry outearned Brevard 5-1 on corner kicks.
Sweatt notched three saves on the afternoon, while picking up his first victory of the season. Jermstad led the Wolves offensively with five shots, while Garcia notched three. Francis, Stojkoski, Lucido and Garcia each picked up their first assists of the season, while Lucido’s assist was the seventh of his career, placing him just outside the career top ten at Newberry.
The Wolves looks to build on their first victory of the season on Saturday as Newberry plays host to Catawba at the Smith Road Complex , with a scheduled kickoff of 4 p.m.
A goal from a nearly impossible angle by junior Brayden Miller was the difference maker for the Newberry women’s soccer team as the Wolves topped the Brevard Tornados 1-0 at the Smith Road Complex.
The first half saw Newberry (4-2, 2-1 SAC)) control the possession as junior Gabrielle Brodie launched the first shot of the afternoon in the third minute, but saw it blocked by the Brevard (3-4, 0-2 SAC) defense. Brodie’s shot resulted in a corner kick for the Wolves, which saw Brevard goalkeeper Brittany Webster forced to make a save on a shot by junior Sabrina Serafin.
The Wolves continued to pepper the goal in the opening half as the Wolves outshot Brevard 6-1 in the first period. Newberry’s offensive onslaught did not leave the Wolves empty handed when Miller created an opportunity inside the 18-yard box and curled a shot toward the back post, which clipped the woodwork and bounced into the goal to give Newberry a 1-0 lead.
Miller’s 43rd minute goal was not the final attack for Newberry as junior Sarah Sager sent a shot high before the halftime whistle.
The Wolves continued to attack as the second half began as junior Amber Sanchez sent a shot just wide of the post, in the 48th minute. Junior Breanna Naranjo saw a 55th minute shot blocked, shortly before Sager saw a shot saved. Newberry placed two shots on frame in the second period, but saw both turned away by Webster, including a try from Miller that Webster got a finger on and tipped the ball off the cross bar.
On the afternoon, Newberry outshot Brevard 13-6 and earned a 7-3 advantage in corner kicks.
Miller’s goal was her second of the season and marks back-to-back games with a goal for the junior. In goal, sophomore Rebecca Darley recorded her fourth clean sheet of the season. Darley’s four clean sheets are fourth most in a season at Newberry.
The Wolves continue their home stand on Saturday as Newberry plays host to Catawba at 1:30 p.m. at the Smith Road Complex.