Raleigh, N.C. – The William Peace University Pacers soccer team opened the 2012 season with a bang, as they defeated the Sweet Briar Vixen, 3-0, in a non-conference game at WakeMed Soccer Park Friday night. The win was the first on opening day in school history for the soccer team and it snapped a 12-game losing streak for the club.
Last season's club was handicapped by a lack of depth, which dictated that the team play a slow, defensive style. But with enough quality players this year, the Pacers (1-0) immediately went on the attack and forced the action.
Freshman Marianna Mitterling got Peace on the board early when she ran down a perfectly placed ball from teammate Melissa Moran and fired it into the back of the goal just seven minutes into the game.
The senior Moran also set up the second goal, as the Pacers took advantage of a corner kick opportunity. Freshman Anna Tew scored to give Peace a quick two-goal lead.
Sabre Jessup scored the third goal of the first half on a feed from Shelby Hammond. It was the most goals in a game by the Pacers since they scored six in a win at Mary Baldwin back on October 2, 2010.
"I was real pleased with the effort tonight," coach Keith Jenkins said. "This team beat us 7-0 two years ago and 4-1 last year so we can see the progress that we're making."
Freshman Sydney Melchert started in goal and picked up the victory. She made six saves and had a relatively easy night. Cayla Monroe-Sellers also saw action in the game, playing the final 14:06 of the second half.
Peace returns to action Sunday, September 2nd when it travels to Spartanburg, S.C. to take on the Division II Converse Valkyries in a 7:00 PM game.