Braves Shut Out St. Andrews, 9-0
PEMBROKE – UNCP held visiting St. Andrew’s scoreless while also shattering two school records Wednesday evening at Varsity Grounds. The Braves turned in the most lopsided victory in the history of their series with the Knights with a 9-0 rout.
Britney Joiner turned in an assist as well as the first hat trick (3 goals) of the season, followed by Anna Svensson who had a pair of goals against the Knights. UNCP rallied past St. Andrews, dominating offensively with a program-best 49 shots, while holding the visitors to just a long-range strike in the first period. Freshman Andrea Collen registered a trio of assists to key a record-breaking 11 for the team.
Head Coach Lars Andersson gave the entire team credit for the win; “You are only as strong as your weakest link, and I can say without a doubt that this is the deepest team we have ever had. For the first time since I started the program nine years ago, I am able to substitute four or five players and still put a very good product out there. It’s great for team chemistry and for future teams down the road. In order for a team to be successful, you have to be good from top to bottom.”
Also scoring for the Braves were Emily DesJarlais, Ashley Anctil, Rebecca Womack and Fanny Forsman with one goal each. DesJarlais, Faye Corbett, and Sheena Mature each grabbed two assists, while Karmi Dagnachew recorded one.
UNCP heads into hostile territory on Saturday when they battle seventh-ranked Columbus State (2-0-1) at the CSU Soccer Complex. Kickoff is slated for 1 p.m.