All-Stars could not hold off the offensive pressure of the Braves on Monday night, October 27. They fell to the UNC-Pembroke Braves 6-0. The All-Stars did have their chances; they just could not capitalize on them. In the first 30 sec of the game (senior)Kim Brady had an opportunity to score, but no one was there to finish. They in turn scored 30 seconds later to make the score 1-0. Lefke received the ball with her back to goal, turned and shot it into the right corner where it hit the post and then found its way into the back of the goal. This was Lefke Boysen’s first goal of the game. Two minutes later Simonae Taylor scored for her first goal of the game. The All-Stars played well defensively but gave up one more goal before half time by a shot from Katie Stokes with 12:35 left in the game. The score was 3-0 at halftime.
In the second half the All-Stars continued to have more chances, but just could not find the back of the net. The second half was scoreless until 11:34 left in the game when Lefke Boysen scored her second goal of the game. This goal was disappointing for the All-Stars because they had been playing well hoping to get a goal of their own. In the last two minutes of the game, Katie Stokes and Simonae Taylor got their second goals of the game, which ended the game at 6-0.
At halftime the seniors were honored for their great play over the last four years. Coach Rossley states, “The girls came out ready to play. It was senior day, the last home game, and a bit of a heart breaker. We worked hard, which is all you can ask for.”
The seniors honored were:
Jessica Simmons , starting goalkeeper, who is from Greenville, South Carolina and played a huge role for the All-Stars over the last four years. She was last years MVP and has continually played well in the goal all season.
Kim Brady , midfielder, who is from Landrum, North Carolina and is also a four-year starter. Kim has had 2 assists and one goal this year, but has made numerous contributions in generating the All-Star offense this year.
Amber Boyer, center back, is from Tryon, North Carolina and is a four-year starter. Amber has had one assist this year. Her contribution on defense over the last four years has been invaluable.
Larsen Newlin, midfielder/defender is from Green Creek, North Carolina and has had a huge role over the past four years. Larsen has been one of our more versatile players while at Converse, seeing action as an offensive player and a defender.
Christine McMakin, forward/midfielder is from Spartanburg, South Carolina and is a four-year starter. Christine has two goals this year and has been playing outside midfield for the first time. Her versatility on the field has also been a huge contribution for the team.
Shawna Cowart, forward/midfielder is from Spartanburg, South Carolina and has been a four year starter. Shawna has one goal this year and her speed and aggressive play will leave a void to fill.