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Lady Braves set record in nonconference win

By Curtis Brooks
Sports Editor

October 18, 2012


Photo by Hillary Akers
Freshman forward Rae-Shawna Campbell controls the ball near the sideline. Campbell scored the second goal of the evening for the Black and Gold on Oct. 9 agaisnt Chowan.

The Black and Gold women's soccer squad recorded a record-breaking performance as they defeated nonconference foe Chowan Lady Hawks 6-0 on Oct. 9 at the Hawks Soccer Complex in Murfreesboro, N.C.

The Lady Braves set a new school record tallying 52 shots against the host team.

The original record was set back on Oct. 10, 2009, against Peach Belt Conference opponent Georgia Southwestern when the Black and Gold defeated the Lady Hurricanes 3-0 after taking a then-school record 50 shots.

The host team got off to a rough start allowing four goals in the opening half.

At the 11-minute mark, a Lady Hawks defender kicked the ball into her own goal following a UNCP shot.

Ten minutes later, freshman Rae-Shawna Campbell gave the visitors a 2-0 lead when she put the ball into an empty net after Fanny Forsman's shot ricocheted off the crossbar.

Forsman was credited with the assist on the play.

The Lady Braves went into halftime with a 4-0 lead after Elke Groothuis and Forsman scored back-to-back goals in the 36th and 37th minutes, respectively.

Five minutes into the second half, sophomore Amalia Arvidsson scored her eighth goal of the season after Campbell found her in the right side of the box.

Freshman Julia Nytrop scored the final goal of the match as she placed a shot into the upper left corner of the goal.

"It was a convincing performance from start to finish. The passing was much improved, our shape in the attack was better and we played with great pace and a sense of urgency in the final third," UNCP skipper Lars Andersson said.

Senior Andrea Collen led the Lady Braves with nine shots on the day, while Campbell took eight shots from her forward position.

Sophomore goalie Janae Aiken made four saves on the day en route to recording her first career shutout.

"We still have some areas to address in training, but I feel very confident we are headed in the right direction going into the last stretch of our regular season schedule," Andersson said.

The Lady Braves improved to 6-4-2 on the campaign, heading into the home stretch of the season versus many regional teams as well as PBC opponents.

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