Lady Barons ride goal barrage to GACC victory


Brewton-Parker College freshman Brandi Culpepper (left) of Lithonia runs toward freshman Sheena Lehman (5) of Concord in celebration after making an assist on Lehman's second goal of the Lady Barons' soccer match Saturday against Emmanuel College at the Ed Jones Soccer Field on the Brewton-Parker campus in Mount Vernon.





By Terry Gaston



MOUNT VERNON -- The Brewton-Parker College Lady Barons soccer team responded to a pair of match-tying goals by Emmanuel College early in the second half with five unanswered goals to claim a 7-2 victory Saturday at BPC's Ed Jones Soccer Field.

The victory, paced by Sheena Lehman's hat trick and Lisa Cozzarin's pair of goals, lifted the Lady Barons (4-10 overall) to 2-3 in Georgia-Alabama-Carolina Conference play with two league matches remaining.

"We're well on our way to being on the right track," said Brewton-Parker coach Jeremy Aven, whose team has won two straight GACC matches.

Lehman, a freshman from Concord, opened the scoring and her three-goal day on an unassisted goal 20 minutes into the contest, and Cozzarin -- a senior forward from Guelph, Ontario -- gave Brewton-Parker a 2-0 lead five minutes later on an assist from freshman Avienne Tobias of Trinidad and Tobago.

Neither Lehman nor Cozzarin was finished scoring, but not until Emmanuel tied the score early in the second half on a fourth-minute goal by Stacey Anderson and another about 90 seconds later by Kelly Wyrick.

"We just have to eliminate those lapses in the first five minutes of the second half, as well as in the last five five minutes," Aven said.

Brandi Culpepper, a freshman midfielder from Lithonia, broke the 2-all deadlock with an unassisted goal -- her first score since she had a hat trick Sept. 20 -- in the 57th minute for what would be the match-winning goal.

The Lady Barons were far from finished, with Culpepper finding Lehman for her second goal at the 68-minute mark and a 4-2 Brewton-Parker lead and the start of a four-goal barrage in 15 minutes.

Eight minutes later, Tobias took a feed from junior defender Kendra Sewell of Canton and scored for a 5-2 Lady Barons advantage with 14 minutes remaining.

Cozzarin put in her second goal, and fourth of the season, just two minutes later, again on a pass from Tobias.

And Lehman completed her hat trick on an unassisted goal, her seventh score of the season, with seven minutes left.

"They were playing with pretty low pressure," Aven said of the visiting Lady Lions (2-10-1, 0-4-1). We played pretty good for 70 minutes. We have to work on being really solid for 90 minutes."

Freshman goalkeeper Michelle McRaven of Bull made nine saves to earn the victory in goal.

In between their GACC wins over Emmanuel and on Oct. 5 against Southern Wesleyan (S.C.) University, the Lady Barons were on the short end of a 5-0 count at home Oct. 8 to the University of South Carolina-Aiken.

 Aven said the match was more competitive than the final score might indicate, with the Lady Barons becoming stronger after allowing two goals in the opening 15 minutes.

After playing a nonconference match Monday against Flagler (Fla.) College, the Lady Barons return to action Saturday with a 2 p.m. GACC tilt at noon against Brenau University.

That match is the last of six straight home contests that close out Brewton-Parker's regular-season home schedule.

The Lady Barons then travel to Dahlonega on Tuesday, Oct. 22, when they visit North Georgia College and State University for a conference match at 4 p.m.

That match completes the regular-season schedule for Brewton-Parker, which plays a first-round contest in the GACC Postseason Tournament either Nov. 4 or 5 at a site to be determined late next week.