6 Seniors Bid Farewell After 2-1 Loss to Aiken in Quarterfinals
By Cody Parker, Sports Editor
The UNCP men’s soccer team played its last game of the season on Nov. 4 when they fell 2-1 to USC Aiken in the PBC tournament quarterfinal match.
Senior Kevin Vigebo got the Braves on the board first with an early goal.
He sent in a header in the 13th minute off an assist from Ricky Chavez.
USC Aiken had both their goals scored in a 12 minute window.
The first one came in the 30th minute to tie the game up, and the second came in the 42 minute to give them the lead which held until the end.
Andre Simmond scored both of the goals.
The first goal came off a rebound while the second was on a free kick.
Neither goal was assisted.
Despite the three goals being scored, the offenses didn’t get too many looks on either side.
The teams combined for seven shots. USC Aiken took five, and UNCP took two.
Vigebo took both of the shots by the Braves.
USC Aiken had four players take shots, and Simmond was the only who took more than one.
It was a physical game with 31 total fouls called and three yellow cards issued. All three yellow cards were given to UNCP players.
This was the final game for six players: Jose Hernandez, Tarnue Jallah, Brett Luccia, Sam Miles, Sid Peterson and Vigebo.
In his two years at UNCP Vigebo has 15 total points.
Miles won PBC freshman of the year in his first year at UNCP and has been named to the All-PBC team multiple times.
He finished his career with 89 total points.
Luccia finished his time at UNCP with 41 total points.
Peterson was in on defense for 68 games, while at UNCP, and Jallah played for the Black and Gold in 16 games in his collegiate career.
Four players currently on the team will be seniors for the Braves next season: Rico Latinen, Reece Rooney, Josh Phelps and Jose Hernandez.
Photo by Stefanie Smith. Ricky Chavez positions himself in front of a defender so he can receive a pass from one of his teammates.