Braves Conquer Royals With Three Goals In Second Half
PEMBROKE – Returning to the field after claiming its home opening victory on Thursday, the UNCP men's soccer team shut out Queens by tallying three second half goals in less than five minutes for a 3-0 win on Sunday at Varsity Grounds.
Newcomer Jeff MacDonald posted the first goal of the game to put UNCP (2-0-0) ahead of Queens (0-1-0) before transfer Sam Miles recorded his first two goals as a Brave – both coming less than two minutes apart. MacDonald took a rebound off the attempted header by Miles and direct kick from Travis Mulford for a close-range shot past Queens' goalkeeper Giancarlo Aristondo at the 60:33 mark.
With less than 27 minutes left to play, Martin Tomter passed the ball to Miles who dribbled around the defenders for an open shot on goal to put UNCP up 2-0. Moments later, Shaun Herselman passed the ball from the midfield to the 18-yard line before connecting on the third and final goal of the game.
The Braves outshot the Royals 21 to 12. Miles led the team with five shots while MacDonald added three. Braxton Perkins, Tomter and Herselman each collected two shots. Freshman goalkeeper Joe Cullip recorded another win in goal as he registered two saves in 90 minutes of action.
Queens struggled to move the ball up the field, but totaled eight shots in the last 25 minutes as Jeremy Chambers led the team with three strikes. Gersi Cilingiri and Kevin Anderson tallied two shots apiece, while Aristondo collected eight saves in his 90 minutes in goal. The Black and Gold played aggressive, collecting 14 fouls and four yellow cards compared to 11 fouls and one yellow card committed by the Royals.
"We had a very good win and we are happy about the outcome," said UNCP head coach Phil Hindson. "We didn't play well in the first half but we came back after halftime and scored."
UNCP will be back in action on Wednesday when the Black and Gold suit up to host Mount Olive (0-2-0) in a 7 p.m. contest at Varsity Grounds. Admission to all 2011 UNCP soccer home games is free.
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