Women’s, men’s soccer teams break even
By Dan Kelly
UNCP’s Women’s Soccer team has split their last two matches with a 5-0 road loss in their first Peach Belt Conference match against the Columbus State Cougars and a 2-0 road win against the Mt. Olive Trojans.
The Lady Braves got off to a bad start against Columbus State as the Cougars Gina Goforth scored in the 10th minute.
Cougars player Rachel Waltall had two goals in the 16th and 58th minutes and Goforth assisted both of them.
UNCP managed only five shots the entire game and none of them was on goal. Forward Melanie Cobb took two of those shots. The loss places the Lady Braves at 0-1 in the PBC this season.
Against the Trojans, goalkeeper Beverly Whitney grabbed eight saves in a full 90 minutes of play in the Braves’ victory.
Cobb scored in the 22nd minute to give UNCP the early lead and Oijerstedt was able to essentially put the game away in the 29th minute with a goal assisted by Cobb.
UNCP’s Men’s Soccer has also split their last two games with a 3-2 road win against the Catawba Chiefs following a 3-2 road loss to the St. Andrews Knights.
In the Catawba match, the score was even at 2-2 until Braves’ forward Andrew Brown scored in the 90th minute to give his team the match.
Brown also scored in the 58th minute and was assisted by midfielder Miguel Ferrer as the Braves trailed by a single goal.
The game was also tied at 0-0 through the entire first half, until Braves forward Thomas Schwer struck in the 51st minute.
The Chiefs applied immediate pressure with goals by Nathan Zuzga and Andrew Landry in the 54th and 55th minute, respectively.
The earlier match against the Knights took a strange twist as UNCP trailed 3-1 when both Justin Garton and Jerry Momoh of St. Andrews were both ejected with red cards in the 76th and 86th minutes.
The Braves were only able to get one more goal, from Andrew Brown in the 87th minute, despite the two-man advantage and fell to the St. Andrews Knights 3-2.