MOUNT OLIVE, North Carolina – The University of Mount Olive women's field hockey team made history once again as they picked up their first win in program history against Converse College 3-1 at the Ray McDonald Sr. Sports Complex Saturday afternoon. The win marked the program's first overall win as well as its first South Atlantic Conference Carolinas win. UMO President Dr. David Poole also added to the game's honors by hitting the ceremonial first hit before the contest got underway.
The Trojans, who played in their first home game in school history Saturday, had to wait until the second quarter to find the opening score by Kaylin Holdeman off an assist from Eline Udo in the 28th minute. The Trojans went onto put in one more score by Railyn King before the half ended and added the final score for the green and black 26 seconds into the third on a penalty corner.
Converse was able to tack on one goal three minutes later but the lead was held on by the Trojans for the win.
Mount Olive was led by Kaylin Holdeman and Railyn King whom both recorded two shots and a goal apiece. Delaney Norr also had a goal for the Trojans on her only shot of the contest. Eline Udo had the only assist in the game and had three shots on the day.
Victoria Lane (1-1, 1-1) in the cage for the Trojans picked up her first collegiate win facing nine shots on goal recording eight saves playing all 60 minutes.
Converse was led by Maddie Yocklin who had the lone score for the visitors. Kira Martinez had the only assist for CC and recorded six shots in the game.
The first score of the game proved to be the momentum swinger as it drove UMO's confidence. With the program's first goal in hand 27:33 into the game, the next two goals added to the fire and Mount Olive was able to close the game out.
"After our first game, we all had a better understanding of what to expect and what is expected from us as a program to be more successful. Today the team was therefor better prepared, played more together, and was more aggressive which helped with our overall performance. We are all 'new' to each other so it is part of the process. Every day we make steps forward and playing more games is part of that. More tomorrow," said head coach Daan Polders
Up Next: Mount Olive will take on No. 3 East Stroudsburg tomorrow from the Ray McDonald Sr. Sports Complex at 1 p.m.