TROJAN NOTEBOOK: Govia, Pope earn top conference honors


GREENVILLE, S.C. – University of Mount Olive’s Alfie Pope and Shaunalee Govia each collected a season-ending, Conference Carolinas Player of the Year award on the soccer pitch.

Govia “three-peated” as the league’s defensive player of the year.

The Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, resident commandeered the backline for the Trojans, who allowed nine goals in 16 games and filed nine clean sheets (shutouts) this season. Govia dished out seven assists on offense.

Forward Jasmine Pinter and midfielder Ashley Lindsay joined Govia on the first team. Defender Jaslyn Gott was the lone second-team all-CC selection. Forward Nya Baccelli and midfielder Amanda McLeod earned third-team recognition. 

UMO (14-0-2 overall) claimed the Conference Carolinas regular-season title and entered the league tournament ranked No. 6 in the latest NCAA Division II Southeast Region poll.

London native Pope became UMO’s first-ever player of the year on the conference scene. He delivered 14 goals and six assists (34 points) and emerged as the league’s top scorer with 26 points (11 goals, four assists) in 17 outings.

Pope was the Trojans’ lone first-team all-CC pick.

Five UMO players – forward Ethan Willie, midfielder Glen Hernandez, midfielder Kevin Avila, defender Will Doyen and defender Francisco Macedo – each received third-team accolades.

UNCP pulls upset

FLORENCE, S.C. – Second-seeded UNC Pembroke stunned regular-season champion UMO, 3-0, in the 2021 Conference Carolinas women’s soccer tournament final Sunday afternoon.

The Braves earned the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Division II tournament. Despite the shocking loss, the Trojans (15-1-2 overall) received an at-large invitation and will face regional host Columbus State (Georgia) University..

UMO’s Ashley Lindsay, Taylor Lewis and Shaunalee Govia each earned a spot on the Conference Carolinas all-tournament team.

Stone leads UMO

Ashlyn Stone cranked out a match-high 21 kills as the Trojans turned back Belmont Abbey, 3-2, in their second-round Conference Carolinas volleyball match Saturday afternoon.

The Trojans (15-13 overall) visited Emmanuel on Tuesday.

Amara Eziakonwa provided seven kills, five service aces and five blocks as UMO collected its sixth straight win. Alyssa Jackson supplied five blocks.

Madison Goodman and Nicholle Yeo combined for 40 assists, while Morgan Prots led the defense with 12 digs. UMO and Belmont Abbey combined for 128 digs on the day.

Trojans eliminated

FLORENCE, S.C. – Chowan University scored the game’s lone goal in the third minute and handed UMO a season-ending, 1-0 loss in the 2021 Conference Carolinas men’s soccer tournament.

The Braves owned decisive advantages in shots (17-9) and corner kicks (14-2). The teams combined for 19 fouls, five yellow cards and one red card that forced UMO to play a man down for the final 6 minutes.

Trojan goalie Michael DeLeo collected six saves.

UMO concluded the year 12-6-0 overall.


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