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Soccer Finishes 3-0 on Another Week of Offensive Stardom

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The Braves celebrate a goal over Emmanuel College on Oct.16. PN Photo/Andrew Thrift.

Alexis Pittman tangos for the ball on the offensive play towards the goal. PN Photo/Andrew Thrift

By: Hunter Locklear and Shania Crosby

The Braves traveled to Park Field in Bristol, on Saturday, Oct. 9 to take on King University in another conference matchup. The Braves were victorious with a score 5-0, putting the team on a 7-game win streak. The streak has been results from strong offensive play and steady defense. The Braves outscored opponents 30-3 over the last three weeks of action.

The Braves kept a quick pace throughout the game with 20 shots attempted. Anna Grossheim, who was just recently named Conference Carolinas Offensive Player of the week, had a two-score night. Her first goal came at 58:15, and the second coming at 67:06. These goals pushed Grossheim to 8 total scores on the season. Ashleigh Harris was also able to bank in a shot off a penalty kick in the 38th minute, and Alexis Pittman closed the game out with a goal in the 71st minute.

After the game, Grossheim spoke on the team’s recent success and 7-game win-streak.

“Every game is our most important opponent. Coach has put a lot of emphasis on that this year and the team has really bought into that mindset. We just take it one game at a time, prepare for our next opponent, and we haven’t looked down the road to future opponents,” said Grossheim.

Braves Defeat Francis Marion 5-1
Wednesday, Oct. 13 the Braves traveled to Florence, S.C. to play Francis Marion University at Murray G. Hartzler Soccer Field, where the Braves would come out successful. After another big offensive night, the Braves were able to win 5-1.

The Braves pressure that is being put on opposing defenses due to their offense the last several weeks has been the key to the big win streak, with the Braves having another big shot tally night at 21 shots. Naomi Fountain, who had two goals in the evening, put the Braves on the board early with the clock at 10:37 off a rebound shot assisted by Rilee Seering.

The pace of the Braves offense really started to pour on in the second half, with another shot going in at 41:50 by Abigail Lowry, who also had a two-score night. This goal was also assisted by Rilee Seering from 13 yards out. Fountain’s second goal came in at 48:45 off a one-on-one lane from 10 yards out. Rilee Seering got on the board after a few assists at 61:09, and Lowry put the finishing touches on her second score of the night at 74:56.

The Braves are 8-0 in-conference and hold first place in the Conference Carolinas standings. After the game, Naomi Fountain talked about what is behind the team’s great play as of late.

“I would have to say it comes down to team chemistry, a well laid out game plan from our coaches, and trusting the process. Coach always tells us after every game we are 0-0-0 and that the next game we play is the most important game of the season. We aren’t playing against records or stats and we go out there and take it one game at a time. Most importantly put the team over the individual,” said Fountain.

Braves over Emmanuel 4-1
The Braves soccer team defeated Emmanuel College Saturday at Lumbee River EMC Stadium, with a final score of 4-1.

In the first half, senior Rilee Seering, was injured and had to be carried off the field. Freshman Anna Grossheim came in the first half to replace Rilee. Anna had three shots, three SOG, and two goals. The only leading scorer for the women Pembroke Braves. Also with some help from Ashleigh Harris and Alexis Pittman from. Harris had four shots, one SOG and two Assists. Pittman had four shots.

In the beginning of the second half, Grossheim led the team with her leading scores. While speaking with Anna Grossheim because she said “This one was definitely for Rilee, I’m glad nothing was broken which was my biggest concern. We go in ever game with the mentality of winning not thinking of any other game.”

In the result of this win against Emmanuel College, this helped the Braves with their winning streak. The team has been working extremely hard to keep this record.

The Braves have a win streak to nine. The season is going great and the Braves fans cannot wait to see the upcoming games. In the result of this win against Emmanuel College, this result helped the Braves with their winning streak. The team has been working extremely hard to keep this record.

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