Trojans Roar Pasts Lions

Photo by Bobby Williams
Photo by Bobby Williams

Mount Olive, N.C. - University of Mount Olive men's soccer team defeated the Lions of Emmanuel College 1-0 in Conference Carolinas action Sunday afternoon at Amon Field.

Match Information
Score: Mount Olive 1, Emmanuel (Ga.) 0
Records: Mount Olive (3-1-1, 1-0); Emmanuel (Ga.) (3-4, 2-1)
Location: Mount Olive, N.C. (Amon Field)

How It Happened

First Half

  • Mount Olive and Emmanuel played it close to the wire for the early part of the first half until a counter-attack in the 24th minute set up UMO for a run.
  • A pass into the box found an open Alfie Pope whose only play was to go airborne and the freshman connected on a bicycle kick into the back corner of the net and put the Trojans ahead 1-0.
  • UMO outshot the Lions 8-to-7 in the opening half and held onto the one-goal lead at the break.

Second Half

  • The Trojans held off a charge from Emmanuel as the Lions flipped the script on Mount Olive outshooting the home 11 by five, 11-to-6, but UMO held on for the win taking its Conference Carolinas opener.

Key Stats

  • Alfie Pope led the Trojans in shots with three, two on goal, and had the game-winner for UMO.
  • Austin Porter (3-1-1, 1-0) had a stellar game in goal collecting nine saves and had a clean sheet for his second shutout of the season.

Up Next

Mount Olive returns to action on September 26, when the Trojans travel to Florence, S.C.. to take on Francis Marion University in a non-conference battle. First kick is set for 5 p.m.