The University of Mount Olive women’s soccer team, coming off the best season in program history, added more accolades to the season following an appearance in the NCAA Tournament, the first for the Trojans in school history.
Mount Olive received seven North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association All-State honors, five first-team, and two second-team. Shaunalee Govia, Emily Sanders, Sara Berglund, Taylor Lewis, and Kali Schindler were named to the first-team while Aimee Darrow and Jaelyn Brown were named to the second-team. Mount Olive was the only Conference Carolinas school represented on the first team. All seven Trojans are first-time selections to the NCCSIA All-State team.
Govia became Mount Olive’s first-ever Conference Carolinas Women’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Year and was named to the all-tournament team following the Trojans 2-1 win over Belmont Abbey. Govia and Mount Olive only allowed nine goals during the regular season. Govia also added two goals, including the game-winner against Limestone, and one assist in conference play from her defensive position.
Sanders was a second-team all-conference selection and played in all 18 games, starting in all but one, scoring three times and adding two assists.
Berglund was the Conference Carolinas Tournament Most Valuable Player after scoring the game-winning goal against Belmont Abbey earning her a spot on the all-tournament team. She was also a first-team all-conference selection. The junior in her first season with Mount Olive led the team in assists with 12 and the conference (10) en route to scoring six times as well. Berglund is also fourth in DII in assists per game.
Lewis became a wall for Mount Olive this season in goal leading the conference in save percentage (.920) and goals-against average (0.431). The transfer only allowed seven goals in the regular season leading her to be the No.1 keeper in Division II in save percentage.
Schindler was the sole midfielder on the first-team but made her presence felt as she assisted in the game-winning goal to boost Mount Olive to its second Conference Carolinas Championship and first NCAA Tournament berth. The freshman finished tied for second on the team in goals with six and chipped in two assists on the season.
Darrow earned her first-ever all-conference honor this season being named to the second-team. Darrow was a staple on the backline that became one of the toughest defenses to score on in the conference. The senior was also able to assist on one goal this season.
Brown was the only Trojan this year to repeat on the all-conference team. The Colorado Springs native led the team in goals with 10 and is second in assists with five. She started all 18 matches and recorded 31 shots, 19 on goal for a .613 shot on goal percentage.