TROJAN ROUNDUP: Pope garners national award


University of Mount Olive sophomore Alfie Pope earned player of the week accolades from Conference Carolinas and the United Soccer Coaches Association for Division II schools.

Pope collected one goal during the Trojans’ 3-1 conquest of in-state rival Shaw University and notched a hat trick (three goals) in a come-from-behind league win over North Greenville.

A native of London, England, Pope has a conference-leading nine goals.

Regional nods

Unbeaten in conference play, both the UMO men’s and women’s soccer teams are ranked in the latest USCA regional poll.

The men are ninth and the women are 10th.

UMO is ranked eighth in the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Southeast Region men’s poll.

Scholar athletes named

UMO is one of five Conference Carolinas schools to earn All-America scholar-athlete and team recognition from Easton and the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA).

The Trojans posted a cumulative 3.483 team grade-point average and had 14 players named to the list.

Field hockey

A third-year program, UMO continued its record-setting season with a 3-2 victory over South Atlantic Conference rival and nationally-ranked Limestone on Sunday afternoon.

Annefleur Moerkerken tallied the game-deciding goal on assist from Celine De Witte with five minutes left in regulation.

Alissa Lovejoy and Morgan Paterson each collected a goal for the Trojans, who earned their first-ever win over the Saints. Zoe Hunter-Bauer assisted Paterson early in the third quarter.

The Trojans (5-5 overall, 5-3 SAC) begin a three-game road swing Oct. 15 at in-state rival Queens-University of Charlotte. UMO won the first meeting, 3-1, on Sept. 10.

Kerekes collects ‘golden goal’

DUE WEST, S.C. - Ashley Kerekes collected the “golden goal” in the 105th minute and lifted the UMO women past pesky Erskine, 1-0, in a double-overtime thriller.

A freshman, Kerekes has two goals this season.

The Trojans climbed to 8-0-2 overall and 5-0-1 in league matters.

On the men’s side, Alfie Pope provided two goals and supplied an assist during UMO’s 5-0 shutout of the Flying Fleet.

Roberto Hernandez, Amin Ferreira and Francisco Macedo delivered one goal apiece. Walter Gomez, Kevin Avila and Glen Hernandez each doled out one assist.

The Trojans (9-3-0, 7-0-0 CC) extended their win streak to five.

Women’s volleyball goes 1-1

UMO split a home weekend doubleheader in league play.

The Trojans halted a nine-game skid with a 3-0 sweep of Southern Wesleyan on Friday evening and dropped a 3-0 decision to North Greenville on Saturday.

Against SWU, Amara Eziakonwa paced a balanced offensive attack with 10 kills. Alyssa Jackson had nine, followed by Ashlyn Stone with five. Madison Goodson dished out 16 assists, while Morgan Prots emerged as the defensive leader with 14 digs.

In the NGU match, Jackson recorded 10 kills, while Eziakonwa had nine. Jenna Myer passed out 17 assists and Prots registered 22 digs.

The Trojans (6-13, 1-6 CC) began a three-game road swing Wednesday at Barton.


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