Soccer stays undefeated in PBC play
By Jonathan Bym Managing Editor
September 26, 2013
|Photo by Jonathan Bym
Freshman defender Savanna Stiles passes the ball up field during the Wingate game on Sept. 16. Stiles has earned a good amount of playing time because the squad is so young. In six games, she has had two assists and eight shots.
Scoring four unanswered goals to overcome a 2-0 first half deficit, the UNCP women’s soccer team was able to stay perfect in Peach Belt Conference play with a 4-2 win over Montevallo on Sept. 21.
Sophomore striker Rae-Shawna Campbell scored the first and last goal of the game for UNCP as she scored two goals on three shots on goal for the game.
“This is my 20th season of coaching college soccer, and I can't recall a team that was down 2-0, faced a penalty and still came back to win the game, 4-2. The turning point was saving the penalty and scoring shortly thereafter. We were able to go into halftime 2-1, get reorganized and come out with renewed energy," said UNCP Head Coach Lars Andersson.
"I've coached many games in my career, including a national championship game, but this game ranks in my personal top 10."
The Lady Braves faced an early 2-0 deficit following goals from Montevallo in the 4th and 15th minutes. At 21 minutes into the match the score was nearly 3-0, but goalkeeper Britney Bennett saved a penalty kick by Christine Prince for Montevallo.
Bennett also had three other saves early in the match.
Campbell made the score 2-1 midway through the first half as he converted on a pass from freshman Carolina Sanchez. Campbell’s second goal of the contest came at the 72-minute mark as she scored unassisted to put the game out of reach for home-standing Montevallo.
To open up the second half, the Black and Gold tied up the game on a goal by Sara Lundberg just 1-1/2 minutes into the half. Savanna Stiles was credited with the assist.
Sanchez scored the game-winning goal in the 70th minute as she went unassisted on the play.
The Lady Braves will sit out a week before traveling to Clayton State on Sept. 28 and Armstrong Atlantic on Oct. 2. The next time UNCP will play host to an opponent will be on Oct. 5 as Lander comes to the Varsity Grounds as a part of #BraveNation Celebration weekend.