University of Mount Olive showed offensive life in the second period but it was not enough to overcome a 2-0 deficit to Pfeiffer University in the Quarterfinals of the 2014 Conference Carolinas Men's Soccer Tournament. The Trojans were able to hold the Falcons scoreless in the second period.
Mount Olive (5-11-3) had a scoring opportunity seconds into the 34th minute on a corner kicker. The kick sailed in and a tussle for the ball ensued. A Trojan foot did strike the ball, however it went wide and the Trojans narrowly missed the back of the net.
The Trojans surrendered the game's first goal on a through pass from Roberto Soares that snuck past the Mount Olive back line and found the open foot of Nathan Rejis for the opening goal in the 37th minute.
The Falcons scored again four minutes later off a throw in. Regis this time assisted in the goal as he redirected the throw to Martim Galvao and Pfeiffer (15-4) jumped out to a 2-0 advantage before the 1st period drew to a close.
The second period saw the Trojans try to spark some offense in their legs in the 75th minute when they took three straight corner kicks. Two of the corners were connected on by Mount Olive feet. The first shot was blocked by the Pfeiffer defense and forced another corner. After the second corner was dispersed by the Falcons it set up the third corner. This time the ball found the head of a Trojans player and just grazed the top of the crossbar.
Mount Olive looked to attack again in the 80th minute. Kevin Williams Lopez shot for goal but was blocked by the Falcons and then wound up with the ball again in front of him, but was fouled on the play forcing a penalty kick. Pfeiffer's keeper made a good save diving to his right to block the shot and keep the ball alive and the Trojans off the board.
Another opportunity did not come for the Trojans until the 89:26 mark, however the Falcons defense again was able to block the shot and keep the shutout alive and take the 2-0 win and advance to the semifinals of the 2014 Conference Carolinas Men's Soccer Tournament.
Head coach Godfrey Miller commented on the season after the game and gave his thoughts about the team and what the team went through in a rebuilding year:
"We brought in 17, new guys, 14 of them being freshmen and you hope that you find the immediate fix and we took down some pretty good teams early in the season and seemed we had the problems fixed and got some results that we were really happy and pleased about and I think that put us on the wrong emotional state.
The quality of players we have and with such a young team it takes time to learn the system, each other, the coaching style, and the process of the team. In the last couple of the games we started to get back into it playing with more enthusiasm, a little more zeal, and understanding our identity".
Miller then talked about the activation of Jared Miller from team manager to starting keeper and what he did for the team late in the season.
"Going to Southern Wesleyan and losing both keepers hurt us. We had to activate Jared Miller who did a very good job for us and stepped up big time and did stuff no one expected him to".
"We are very optimistic, this is a group that is really talented and has a lot of potential and we are looking for the spring season to be our pre-season and to fix problems that we had this season. It's a work in progress and we're optimistic for the future for sure" said Miller in closing.
The season comes to a close for Mount Olive after a 5-11-3 overall and 3-6-1 Conference Carolinas record. The team returns all but three of their 36 man roster next season.