The Newberry women’s soccer team scored early and often as the Wolves dispatched the visiting Carson-Newman Eagles 5-1 on Saturday, led by a goal and two assist performance from sophomore Brayden Miller.
In the 10th minute senior Katie Sas (Columbia) corralled a corner kick from fellow senior Amber Chase (Aiken) atop the 18-yard box and hit a rocket across the goal mouth into the far top corner of the goal to score her first goal of the year.
Two minutes later it was Miller (Lyman) who struck with an angled chip shot effort from inside the 18-yard box. Miller’s tally was her third of the season.
The following minute, Miller slotted a pass to Chase, who sent a curling ball into the far top corner for her second goal of the season.
Carson-Newman answered with a goal of its own in the 34th minute, when Sylvia Palermo scored off a Samantha Thomsi assist.
Newberry outshot Carson-Newman 7-2 in the opening period.
The Wolves scored again early in the second half when a Miller pass found senior Cassie Smith (Spartanburg) sliding in to finish the ball from Miller. Smith’s goal was her first of the season.
In the 64th minute of play, sophomore Gabrielle Brodie completed an impressive individual performance when she recovered a turnover 20 yards into the defensive end of the pitch. Brodie proceeded to march down the pitch taking on up to two defenders at a time, before beating the Eagles keeper one-on-one for her sixth goal of the year.
The Wolves outshot Carson-Newman 11-8 on the match, and earned four corners to the Eagles three.
With the help of a two-goal afternoon by senior Tiffany Kinner, the Newberry women’s soccer team enters conference play with winning momentum having topped Coker 4-0 on Thursday.
The Wolves (3-2-1) controlled possession for much of the match, and had plenty of scoring opportunities in the opening period. Newberry outshot Coker 14-2 in the first half and placed eight shots on frame, seeing seven turned away.
Newberry found the back of the net in the in the 42nd minute after sophomore Gabrielle Brodie (Rolleston, Canterbury, New Zealand) saw her attempt at goal turned away. As the ball trickled away from Coker’s starting goalkeeper Liz Morris, Kinner (North Myrtle Beach) jumped on the rebound to open her 2012 scoring account.
Newberry continued to score into the second half, when six minutes into the second period, Kinner again pounced on a loose ball in the six-yard box to notch her second goal of the game. Newberry senior Chase earned an assist on Kinner’s second goal.
Brodie, who took 11 shots in the match, finally saw one past the keeper in the 53rd minute when she flicked a ball over the keeper from within the six-yard box.
The Wolves’ final goal of the afternoon came off the foot of sophomore Miller, who finished off a deflection from outside the six-yard box.
Newberry outshot Coker 26-6 and finished the match ahead of Coker 6-3 in corner kicks.
Morris recorded seven saves for Coker, while backup keeper Haley Gibson stopped four. Both Newberry keepers, sophomore Morgan Cox (Perth, West Australia, Australia) and freshman Rebecca Darley (Wolcott, Conn.) notched a single save.
Brodie led all players with 11 shots, placing seven on frame. Miller added seven shots of her own with three on goal.
Newberry next heads to Wingate for a 5 p.m. SAC meeting with the Bulldogs on Wednesday.