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April 16, 2024 5:12 pm

Mt. Olive claims 3-2 win at Southern Wesleyan

CENTRAL, S.C. – The University of Mount Olive women’s soccer team extended its winning streak to five after posting a 3-2 win at South Wesleyan in Conference Carolinas action Sept. 24.

With the win, the Trojans improve to 6-3 overall with a 5-0 mark in league play. Mount Olive has now won the last nine meetings between the sides, including scoring at least three goals in the previous six matches. Meanwhile, the Warriors fell to 2-6-1 this season behind a 1-4-1 record in conference action.

UMO established an early advantage at the 1:14 mark after sophomore Amanda McLeod delivered a cross into the box and found teammate Delia Allwood, who scored into the left side of the net for 1-0 lead. The Trojans continued to apply pressure with five shots over the next 10-plus minutes, including three on goal. Allwood would net her second goal of the game in the 12th minute after a missed clearance by the Warrior defense allowed her to score into the near post for a 2-0 Trojan lead. Southern Wesleyan was awarded a penalty at the 19:57 mark and trimmed the deficit after senior Bryanna Picken scored the goal to cut Mount Olive’s lead to 2-1.

In the second half, Mount Olive regained its two-goal lead after senior Maelwenn Gaiffas scored on a penalty kick in the 51st minute to put the Trojans ahead 3-1. The Trojans would apply pressure on the attacking side over the next 10-plus minutes and hit the woodwork twice during that span. The Warriors found a goal in the closing minutes after senior Brooke Cash scored on a failed clearance by the UMO defense at the 81:42-mark to cut the lead to 3-2.

Senior goalkeeper Nicole Solicito collected one save on three shots faced in 90 minutes of play on Saturday.

The Trojans out-shot the Warriors by a 33-3 margin, including a 14-3 edge in shots on goal, while also posting a 10-0 advantage in corner kicks.