UNCP Ground Falcons In First Round Of NCAA Tournament
Nov. 12, 2010
Courtesy of UNCP Athletics
Savannah, Ga. - Eighteenth-ranked UNCP broke open a scoreless game with three second half goals to dispel Pfeiffer, 3-0, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday afternoon at AT&T Field in Savannah, Ga. The result marked the school record-tying 14th shutout of the season for the Lady Braves.
UNCP (16-3-2) spent the entire first half working on communication as Pfeiffer (13-6-2) seemed determined to rally past the Braves. However, the second half brought new energy to the team as Sheena Mature dribbled the ball past the defender for a one-on-one opportunity with goalkeeper Amanda Wemple in the 50th minute.
Junior Rebecca Womack took her turn on goal just eight minutes later off a pass from Faye Corbett for her eighth goal of the season. It was the 29th career assist for Corbett who already holds the program benchmark in that category. Freshman Anna Zetterlund capped the day's scoring in the 61st minute.
Freshman Britney Bennett turned in seven saves in playing all 90 minutes in goal to earn her 10th shutout of the season. Wemple registered nine saves for the Falcons.
"Pfeiffer started differently than what we were expecting them to after facing them earlier in the season, but we made some changes in the second half and that helped us to play better," said UNCP head coach Lars Andersson. "When a team advances to the NCAA Tournament, each team wants to survive by getting the win any way they can and we are very fortunate today."
Physical toughness was a key component in the game as the Falcons bore the burden of 16 fouls while the Black and Gold had six. UNCP outshot Pfeiffer 21-17, including a 15-9 disparity in the second half. Fanny Forsman led the Lady Braves with five shots, while Alyssa Wombwell grabbed six for the Falcons.
"We now took to Sunday when we face a team (Armstrong Atlantic) we have never beaten in the hopes of making it further," Andersson said. "We know it is going to be a challenge and we are going to be ready."
The Lady Braves move onto the second round of the NCAA playoffs to face No. 11 Armstrong Atlantic (13-3-2) on Sunday at AT&T Field. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.