Braves Snap Skid With 2-1 Victory At Mount Olive
MOUNT OLIVE – Visiting UNCP used a goal
by Stuart Rodgers in the 48th minute to forge a 2-0 lead, but
needed a stout defense to hold back a late surge by host Mount
Olive and key a 2-1 victory over the Trojans on Wednesday evening
at Amon Field.
The triumph helped UNCP (4-8-2) snap a two-game losing streak, while also giving the Braves their second-straight victory in the series with the Trojans (3-10-1). The setback marked the third-straight loss for Mount Olive who fell to 5-16-1 all-time against the Black and Gold.
Andrew Brown cashed in on his third goal of the season, while also registering a team-best two shots on the night to pace the UNCP offense, who also got an assist from fellow newcomer Braxton Perkins. The Trojans' lone score on the night came from the foot of Vieux Sarr, with Chris McClaugherty turning in a game-best three shots. Ryan Hanson allowed the one goal in grabbing his fourth victory between the pipes for the Braves, while MOC netminder Shane Parman recorded a pair of saves in a losing cause.
"We had a good performance tonight," said UNCP head coach Phil Hindson. "The kids played well, especially on the road. We probably could have scored a few more goals but, again, it was a good win. Now we get ready for Queens this weekend and build on the momentum."
Brown had his 10th minute scoring opportunity blocked by the Mount Olive defense, but connected on his second attempt when he collected a ricochet on a crossing attempt off a Mount Olive defender and made a nifty move before firing a shot past Parman. The 1-0 score would hold up heading into the halftime break. Rodgers would give the Braves all the insurance they would need coming out of the intermission when he one-timed a cross from Perkins into the back of the net for the 2-0 advantage.
The score would set off a flurry of an offensive attack by the hosts as Mount Olive tallied five of the game's next six shots, including Sarr's 86th minute score. The Trojans would find two more scoring attempts in the final 51 seconds of the outing, but Alex Rodriguez's shot at the 89:09 mark sailed just wide, and McClaugherty's strike with 12 seconds remaining went high.
UNCP will be back in action again on Saturday when the Braves trek to Charlotte to battle Queens (4-9) in a 7:30 p.m. matchup at the Queens Sports Complex.