Trojans' D2 postseason run ends


COLUMBUS, Ga. – No. 7-ranked Columbus State University responded with three consecutive goals and eliminated University of Mount Olive, 3-1, from the NCAA Division II Southeast Region women’s soccer tournament Friday.

Jaclyn Goff tallied the Trojans’ lone ­— and the program’s first-ever playoff goal — on a cross from Ashley Kerekes five minutes after kickoff.

UMO led 1-0 at halftime.

The region’s top seed, the Cougars owned advantages in total shots (20-6), shots on frame (9-2) and corner kicks (10-1).

Goalie Taylor Lewis notched six saves for the Trojans, who concluded the season 15-1-2 overall.

Eziakonwa honored

GREENVILLE, S.C. – Junior Amara Eziakonwa is the lone University of Mount Olive women’s volleyball player selected to the 2021 Conference Carolinas all-conference team.

Eziakonwa drew first-team accolades.

She collected 301 kills, served 47 aces, collected 103 digs and posted a team-leading 94 blocks in 110 sets played.

The Trojans emerged victorious in eight of their final 10 matches and concluded the year 15-14 overall. They fell to Emmanuel in quarterfinal-round play of the season-ending Conference Carolinas tournament.

Lander stops UMO

GREENWOOD, S.C. – Jake Nicolosi and John Clack each emerged victorious in their respective individual match during a 35-9 loss to Lander on the wrestling mat.

Nicolosi handed 157-pounder Bryson Ethington a 3-2 loss.

Clack gave up an early takedown to Darius Parker at 197 pounds. He escaped the hold, took down Parker and recorded a 37-second pin.

The Trojans (1-1 overall) traveled to the Star City Classic on Sunday and return home Dec. 1 to face Coker.


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