MOUNT OLIVE – Behind five goals in the first half Nov. 12, the No. 7 Trojans captured a 7-0 shutout victory against Coker in South Atlantic Conference play on Senior Day at the Ray McDonald Sr. Sports Complex.
With the win, the University of Mount Olive field hockey team wins the outright Piedmont Division championship in the conference and receives a bye to the semifinals of the league tournament. The Trojans finished the regular season with a 13-2 record in division play behind a perfect 13-0 mark in league action. Mount Olive currently holds the longest winning streak in Division II with 13 wins. Meanwhile, the Cobras fall to 6-10 overall and 5-7 in conference play.
At the start of the match, a penalty corner opportunity was given to UMO within the opening minutes. A shot by freshman June Schuurman was taken at the top of the circle and was tipped in by sophomore Morgan Paterson at the 3:08-mark to put Mount Olive ahead 1-0. Shortly after, a through ball by sophomore Annefleur Moerkerken was sent to freshman Nikki Bos, who beat the Cobra keeper one-on-one to extend the lead to 2-0 in the first quarter. To close the quarter, Schuurman took advantage of her space and delivered a backhand shot for a goal at the 12:14-mark and a 3-0 lead.
In the second quarter, junior Brisa Uviedo collected her first goal of the season off a rebound in the 17th minute of the match to put the Trojans ahead 4-0. At the 29:36-mark, sophomore Jess Aylward sent the ball to the far post and connected with teammate Zoe Nunez-Bauer, who tipped it into the top left corner of the cage to put UMP up 5-0.
The Trojans scored in the initial minutes of the second half after Paterson scored her second goal of the game following an assist from junior Avery Gongleton for a 6-o lead. Nearly four minutes later, Bos ripped a shot at the top of the circle putting it past the keeper to stretch the lead to 7-0.
Sophomore Alanna Barrett and freshman Amanda Parr combined for the complete game shutout in goal after tallying three saves in the win.
The Trojans outshot the Cobras 24-5, including a 15-3 lead in shots on goal. Both sides were tied with five penalty corners in the match.
— From University of Mount Olive Athletics