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BCC Women Win First National Tournament Game
November 12, 2012 - Brevard Community College's women's soccer team missed more shots than it made but made enough to defeat Muskegon Community College of Michigan 2-0 on Monday in the opening game of the 2012 NJCAA Division I Women's Soccer National Championship Tournament at Melbourne Central Catholic.
BCC, ranked No. 1 in the nation in the NJCAA poll and the tournament's top seed, improved to 14-1 with the victory. Muskegon, the 12th seed in the 12-team tournament, dropped to 8-7-2.
BCC concludes pool play at 9 a.m. Wednesday against eighth seed Darton College Georgia, the 2011 tournament finalist. Muskegon and Darton face off at 9 a.m. Tuesday.
BCC peppered Muskegon goalkeeper Emily Manchester throughout the game but was denied time and time again as the freshman made 16 saves, 10 in the first half. BCC also was wide and high on a number of other chances.
But sophomore co-captain Lois Edvardsson connected on her 13th goal of the season at the 19 minute and 8 second mark of the first half to give BCC a 1-0 lead. Freshman Amanda Lodge scored her fifth goal of the season with 9:50 remaining in the game for the final margin.
BCC sophomore midfielder Courtney Hueston assisted on both goals for her team-high eighth and ninth assists of the season. Meanwhile BCC's midfield and defense kept Muskegon at bay with sophomore goalkeeper Julia Kantor not having to make a save.
But there is room for improvement BCC head coach Jeff Carr believes.
"Against really, really exceptional teams if you leave those chances on the field you're not going to go that far," Carr said. "It was very disappointing that we couldn't finish.
"Our defense and our keeper are as solid as can be. But again if we allow people in games and we make a mistake it's going to be deadly. We've got to do a better job."
Carr credited Manchester with a fine effort.
"She was scrappy, I commend her," Carr said. "She had a bloody nose but she continued. They were really scrappy. They played super hard."
Muskegon head coach Josh Watson believes his team could play better.
"It was a learning experience, we have one more game after this so we can still move on," Watson said.
"But we need to play the right way. We need to keep possession, we need to stop knocking the ball and panicking when we have possession, making the right decisions."
Watson also lauded Manchester.
"She played a fabulous game," he said. "It was the best game I've seen her play all season."
Conversely, Hueston believes BCC can play better.
"I don't think I played best game nor do I think that collectively we played a game we should," she said. "We got the two goals we needed to get through but it's not going to be good enough for the next round."