Men’s Soccer Opens Season with 2-1 Triumph over Tornados

Men’s Soccer Opens Season with 2-1 Triumph over Tornados

ROME, Ga. - The Sewanee men's soccer team kicked off the 2019 season at the Berry Invitational, and the Tigers defeated the Tornados of Brevard, 2-1, Saturday afternoon at Bob Pearson Field on the campus of Berry College.

INSIDE THE MATCHUP
Final Score: Sewanee (1-0) 2, Brevard (0-1) 1
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HOW IT HAPPENED
-In the 13th minute, Brevard, off a throw in, found Matheus Masukawa who broke away from the Sewanee defender and past James Murray for the score to give the Tornados a 1-0 advantage.

-Over two minutes later, after an Alpo Sipilä corner kick, the Tigers were fouled inside the box by Brevard on a shot attempt. Sipilä was summoned to take the penalty kick, and the senior netted the ball in the bottom left side of the net for his third career PK goal.

-The deciding goal of the match came in the final seconds of the first half. After a Sewanee goal kick on the other side of the field with 12 seconds remaining and a bad pass from a Brevard defender, Marco Randazzo picked it up in the midfield, and passed to his right to freshman Tashinga Vhumisai who found the back of the net as time expired to give Sewanee a 2-1 advantage after the first 45 minutes.

-The second half showed more of the defensive game, as seven total shots were taken. However, the Tornados had two chances to force the match to extra time in the 87th and 88th minutes. Murray was able to save one of the two shots, while the second shot was wide.

SEWANEE KEY STATISTICS
-Tashinga Vhumisai led all attackers with three shots and the goal in the 45th minute.

-Thompson Schollaert and Brendan Mann each took two shots for Sewanee.

-James Murray (1-0) saved four shots in full time.

BREVARD KEY STATISTICS
-Matheus Masukawa scored the lone goal for the Tornados.

-Patrick Hall (0-1) saved two shots.

UP NEXT
Sewanee concludes the Berry Invitational Sunday morning with DePauw.

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