The UNCP soccer team received a pair of great performances from two of their best players to fuel the Braves to their first road win of the season when they took down the Hurricanes of Georgia Southwestern State University 2-0 in Americus, G.A. on Oct. 13.
Stellar senior Stacy Scott registered her sixth multi-goal game of her illustrious career as she scored both of the teams points in this contest.
All-conference and who sometimes seems to be All world goal keeper in junior Gina Ryan recorded the 21st shutout of her career by blanking the Canes on the road.
The win marked the second conference victory for the Braves in their last three contests and brought an end to a four-game road losing streak as well as bringing the all time series record to 13-0.
Scott scored both of the team’s goals in the first half of the game in the 24th and 43rd minute of play.
The first came when she received a finesse pass from freshman Brianna De Coteau and boomed her shot past the Canes goal keeper to put the Braves up 1-0.
The second of Scott’s two goals came in the waning minutes of the first half when she was on the receiving end of a pass from junior defender Katy Ryan that she converted into a sharp shot right through the post.
Despite their best efforts, GSW was unable to get on the board in this contest as Ryan brilliantly defended the mere seven shots that they were able to get off and notched three saves, two in the first half and just one in the second.
The Braves were excellent with their ball control in this contest and were extremely aggressive in their offensive attack and outshot the Hurricanes 24-7 on the day, 11 of which came in the first half and 13 came after the intermission.
Although she did not get on the board with a goal of her own sophomore Alexis Pittman shot a game-best five shots, which included a couple close calls as two her shots were accurately on goal. Scott was able to convert half of her four shots on goal into points for the Braves.
The team’s home dominance seemed to finally translate to a road game for the first time this season, as the offense and defense both showed up to play.
UNCP looks to continue to put their road game struggles behind them in an upcoming challenging tilt against the Bobcats of Georgia College, who they have beaten in the last four meetings between the two teams.