Braves Post Second Shutout Of Season Against Brevard
ROCK HILL, S.C. – The UNCP men's soccer team posted its fifth-straight win of the season with the 4-0 shutout over Brevard on Tuesday evening at Eagle Field in Rock Hill, S.C. The win matches the first time in seven years that UNCP has started its season with five wins.
Transfer Sam Miles began the drive for the Braves (5-0-0) by capturing the first goal of the game and his sixth goal of the season in the 34th minute on the pass by Stuart Rodgers. Rodgers took the foul kick from the left side which bounced off a defender and landed in the front of Miles who placed the ball in the back of the goal.
Less than six minutes later, the Black and Gold took advantage of an open back field as Paul Freeman used a cross pass from midfield to Alex Antonescu on the right side to put UNCP ahead of Brevard (0-4-1) 2-0 at the half. The Braves returned from halftime with pure force scoring the third goal of the game at the 47:18 mark. Sophomore Martin Tomter passed the ball from inside the box to an open Brett Luccia on the right side who finished the drive by placing the ball in the top right corner of the net.
The final goal was collected by Miles on the double assist by Adam Smith and Jeff MacDonald. The ball bounced off a defender after being passed from the left side across the box to post a final 4-0 score. Miles' two goals – his career sixth and seventh – now sits him atop the Peach Belt Conference in scoring this season.
The Braves outshot the Tornados 19-5 and collected 12 fouls compared to Brevard's 18. Miles and Tomter shared a team-high three shots while five Braves totaled two shots apiece. Sophomore goalkeeper Ryan Hanson spent the first 45 minutes in goal and collected a save while freshman PBC Goalkeeper of the Week Joe Cullip logged the final 45 minutes in goal.
Tommi Rasinmaki led Brevard with two shots while Patrick Urmson, Landon Reid and Alec Darcey each tallied one shot. Goalkeeper Jack Shaw recorded all 90 minutes in goal while registering two saves.
"The guys played well, better in the second half than in the first but overall I am happy with the win," said UNCP head coach Phil Hindson.
UNCP will open up its portion of conference action on Saturday as the Braves travel to Dahlonega, Ga., to match up against North Georgia (2-1-1) at the North Georgia Soccer Complex at 3:30 p.m.