TROJAN BEAT: Women's soccer prevails, men lose heartbreaker; Avarello honored by league

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GOLDSBORO - University of Mount Olive launched defense of its Conference Carolinas women’s soccer crown with a 4-1 romp over King (TN) University on a blustery, cloudy Monday afternoon at the Bryan Multi-Sports Complex.

Just before kickoff, second-year Trojans head coach Sharif Saber asked his team to deliver two quick goals to silence the Tornado.

“If we keep them in the game, it will become a 90-minute war,” Saber said.

He didn’t need to worry, at first.

Jaelyn Brown converted a penalty kick in the 15th minute after King committed a handball infraction inside the 18-yard box.

The Tornado notched a game-tying goal in the 20th minute before UMO responded with consecutive goals 10 minutes later.

Brown connected with Sara Berglund in the 29th minute. The two hooked up again, this time in reverse - Berglund to Brown - to give UMO a 3-1 lead at intermission.

Samantha Hamrick polished off the Trojans’ season-opening victory with a goal in the 81st minute via Makenna Copley’s assist.

UMO is now 15-0-3, including a 10-0-0 conference worksheet, in its last 18 outings since 2019.

Men’s soccer

GOLDSBORO - Ben Delisle ripped a laser shot toward the near post 27 seconds into the second overtime, and lifted King (TN) University past UMO, 1-0, during monsoon-like conditions Monday afternoon.

The Trojans led 4-2 in shots on goal and 10-1 in corner kicks.

UMO keeper Ethan Bunting posted one save.

Men’s lacrosse

GREENVILLE, S.C. - UMO goalie Andrew Avarello has been named the Conference Carolinas defensive player-of-the-week.

Avarello collected 11 saves against in-state rival Catawba and followed that up with a six-save performance against Queens University-Charlotte.

The nationally-ranked Trojans are 3-0 this season.

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