Lady Braves' season ends in semis
By Curtis Brooks
November 8, 2012
|Photo by Sherry Jacobs
UNCP goalkeeper Britney Bennett is able to get a hand on a shot from the opposing team. With 117 saves on the season, Bennett broke the school record for saves. She also recorded eight saves between the pipes against Columbus State in the PBC Semifinals.
The Lady Braves soccer team traveled to Blanchard Woods Park in Evans, Ga., on Nov. 2 to take on nationally ranked Columbus State in a semifinal matchup against the Columbus State Lady Cougars.
Junior forward Ashley Miller scored a pair of goals as she led the No. 20 Lady Cougars to a 3-0 victory over the visiting Lady Braves.
The host team jumped out to an early lead when Miller scored her first of two goals in the third minute of action.
Following a blocked free kick attempt from 20 yards out by senior Stephanie Lowery, Miller was able to corral the rebound and beat Black and Gold net minder Britney Bennett for an early 1-0 lead.
Both sides played a competitive first half of action where both offensive attacks remained active as each team took nine shots.
The Lady Cougars were able to continue the scoring in the 76th minute when sophomore Shea Wilby scored her third goal of the season.
Wilby placed the ball in the back of the net following a cross into the box from senior Kayla Brown.
In the closing minutes of the match, Miller scored her second goal of the game.
Freshman Tori Hood was credited with an assist on the play.
Senior Mary Mancin, recently named 2012 PBC Goalkeeper of the Year, finished the match with six saves en route to her sixth clean sheet of the season.
Bennett finished the game with eight saves as she broke her own school record for saves in a season as she finished the campaign with 117 saves.
"Although devastated by the loss, I am incredibly proud of this team. They fought through some early losses and injuries to once again put themselves in position to make a third trip to the NCAA Tournament," UNCP head coach Lars Andersson said.
We fell short of our goal and will begin work immediately to make sure we have a more positive end to the season next year," Andersson added.
Senior Fanny Forsman, sophomore Amalia Arvidsson and freshman forward Rae-Shawna Campbell were named to the all-conference team.
Forsman was the only member of the Black and Gold who was named to the first team.
She was selected as a preseason All-PBC team member and didn't disappoint in 2012 as she scored four goals and dished out a pair of assists from her defender position.
Forsman has received All-PBC honors in the last three seasons.
Arvidsson and Campbell were both named to the second team for the goal scoring prowess.
Arviddson was second in the conference with 37 points as she tallied 13 goals and dished out 11 assists.
Campbell, in her first season as a member of the Black and Gold, was second on the team with 10 goals.
The Wilmington native was named Co-Freshman of the Year with Montevallo's Jade Pennock.
Campbell is the fifth Lady Brave to receive the honor since the program started 12 seasons ago.