UMO's Pinter, Lewis sweep league honors


GREENVILLE, S.C. - University of Mount Olive’s Jasmine Pinter and Taylor Lewis swept the Conference Carolinas women’s soccer weekly honors for Oct. 31.

Pinter seized an offensive player of the week accolade.

The junior forward from Baltimore, Maryland, helped the Trojan women claim the Conference Carolinas regular-season championship and No. 1 seed for the season-ending league tournament. She scored six points — the game-winning goal against regionally-ranked UNC Pembroke and two goals against Emmanuel.

Pinter has logged four game-winning goals this season.

Lewis, a senior goalie from Hamilton, Ohio, picked up her second defensive player of the week award this season. She logged a combined 12 saves against UNCP and Emmanuel.

She leads Conference Carolinas with a 0.578 goals against average (GAA) and .860 save percentage.

The Trojans (14-0-2 overall) return to action Friday in semifinal-round play of the conference tournament in Florence, South Carolina.

Trojans advance

Alfie Pope delivered the game-winning goal in the 90th minute and lifted UMO past North Greenville, 2-1, in quarterfinal-round play of the 2021 Conference Carolinas men’s soccer tournament.

Robert Hernandez assisted Pope’s decisive goal with 59 seconds remaining in regulation.

Ethan Willie’s unassisted goal put UMO in front, 1-0, just 18 minutes after kickoff. The Crusaders collected the equalizer in the 42nd minute.

The Trojans (12-5-0 overall) oppose second-seeded Chowan University in semifinal-round play Friday in Florence, South Carolina.

UMO eliminated

NEWBERRY, S.C. – Newberry collected three goals within a 14-minute span and ousted UMO, 4-2, from the 2021 South Atlantic Conference Carolinas women’s field hockey tournament.

Morgan Paterson notched both goals for the fifth-seeded Trojans, who concluded a record-setting season. She ended the year with a team-best five goals, followed by Annefleur Moerkerken with four.

Moerkerken earned first-team all-SAC accolades.

Goalie Victoria Lane was a second-team all-SACC selection. She recorded 95 saves and emerged as the league’s statistical champion with 6.64 saves per outing. The senior was also named the SACC AstroTurf Field Hockey defensive player of the week for the third time this season.

The Trojans captured the SACC team title for saves per game at 7.29.

UMO logged a program-best six wins overall and in conference play, finished 1-2 against three top-10 nationally-ranked teams and upset regular-season champ Converse, 2-1, on senior day.

Hancock shines

ORLANDO, Fla. – Cade Hancock shared seventh place, individually, and the UMO men’s golf team secured third during the McDonough Cup hosted by Rollins College.

Hancock fired a 4-under par 212 on the Rio Pinar Country Club layout. The senior from Elizabethtown was also named the Conference Carolinas golfer of the week for his performance.

Brice Ballin shot an even-par 216, followed by Ruben van der Berg with a 19th-place effort of 1-over 217. Arthur Heinbach and Chandler Perry recorded 54-hole scores of 212 and 220, respectively.

“The guys played great again this week,” said Trojans head coach Chip Spiron. “It was a total team effort this team and I’m really proud of the guys and how they handled themselves, handled the pressure and fought hard each round to keep their score as low as possible.”

Trojans face HPU

HIGH POINT – University of Mount Olive started its respective men’s and women’s basketball seasons with exhibition contests against in-state rival High Point University.

Quishan Brevard provided a team-best 14 points off the bench as the UMO men fell, 95-70. Colin Radcliffe and LJ Johnson added eight points apiece for the Trojans, who committed just 10 turnovers and picked HPU for 11 steals.

Mathias Caver snared seven rebounds.

On the women’s side, Ivanda Hudjakova poured in 22 points. Azariah Fields knocked down 17 points, while Leah Williams contributed 12 points. 

Laila Harris posted a double-double — 11 points, 10 rebounds.

Streak intact

The UMO women’s volleyball team extended its win streak to four with back-to-back 3-1 victories over Conference Carolinas foes Erskine and Emmanuel College.

Ashlyn Stone had a double-double — 14 kills, 26 digs — against Erskine. Amara Eziakonwa contributed 12 kills, two service aces and three blocks. Morgan Prots recorded 28 digs.

Eziakonwa cranked out 20 kills against Emmanuel. Madison Goodman dished out 25 assists, while Prots posted 30 digs.

The Trojans improved to 13-13 overall this season.


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