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Black and Gold defeat Mountain Lions 2-1

By Curtis Brooks
Sports Editor

October 25, 2012

Photo by Rachel McAuley
UNCP goalkeeper Britney Bennett sends a pass downfield in a match earlier this season. Bennett recorded seven saves in the Black and Gold's home match versus Young Harris on Oct. 20.

The Lady Braves defeated the visiting Young Harris Mountain Lions 2-1 in Peach Belt Conference play on Oct. 20 at the Varsity Grounds, as the two institutions met for the first time ever.

Forwards Amalia Arvidsson and Rae-Shawna Campbell led the Black and Gold, as they each recorded their ninth goal of the 2012 season.

Arviddson struck first for the host team when she scored the lone goal of the first half in the 36th minute of action.

Senior Brittany Padilla, credited with an assist on the play, found an open Arviddson whose shot hit the crossbar and bounced past Mountain Lion's net minder Taylor Erickson.

The Lady Braves went into halftime with a 1-0 lead over Young Harris.

Campbell scored the game-winning goal in the 72nd minute when she placed a shot into the upper left corner of the goal past Erickson's outstretched arms.

Arviddson was credited with her seventh assist of the season after finding Campbell for the shot.

The Mountain Lions scored the final goal of the game from the penalty spot in the 85th minute as senior Haley Holderfield beat Brittney Bennett following a late Lady Braves' foul.

"Young Harris is a well-coached team. Their record meant nothing; they came in with only two PBC wins but gave us all we could handle in the first half. We did not play very well the first 45, we didn't get the ball out in the wide areas and we were very one dimensional," UNCP skipper Lars Andersson.

"In the second half, we settled down and played the ball much better. It got a little bit exciting in the end, but we really manned the pumps the last five minutes and I thought the girls did a fantastic job finishing out the game. It was a total team effort, and we come away with three PBC points," Andersson continued.

Campbell took a game-high six shots with two on goal while Arviddson took four shots on the day.

Senior Mika Lopes led Young Harris with four shots on the day.

Bennett made seven saves on the day after playing the entire game in between the pipes.

Looking forward

The Lady Braves will play their final two road contests of the regular season against Lenoir-Rhyne and USC Aiken on Oct. 24 and Oct. 26 before their "Senior Night" contest against PBC foe No. 10 Columbus State on Oct. 27.

Columbus State is now 13-2-1 on the season and is third in the conference standings following a 2-0 loss to Lander on Oct. 20.

The Lady Cougars are led by senior midfielder Stephanie Lowery who has scored a team-high eight goals on the season and dished out a pair of assists on the season.

Columbus State ended the Lady Braves' season last year after they eliminated them in the first round of the PBC Tournament.

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