11/04/04 — Mount Olive men's soccer makes history, advances in CVAC Tournament

View Archive

Mount Olive men's soccer makes history, advances in CVAC Tournament

By Gabe Whisnant
Published in Sports on November 4, 2004 1:58 PM

MOUNT OLIVE -- Mount Olive College senior midfielder Warren Atkins jogged toward the sideline following a 4-0 win over Barton on Wednesday to shake the hand of Athletics Director Dr. Mac Cassell.

After three years of falling in the first round of the Caro-linas-Virginia Athletic Confer-ence tournament, Atkins, one of only four Mount Olive seniors, and the Trojans advanced to the semifinals.

A smiling Atkins summed up his feelings with one simple word -- "finally."

The fourth-seeded Trojans (13-5-2), who snapped a three-game losing streak, move on to face No. 1 seed Queens in the semifinals at Belmont Abbey Saturday at 9:30 a.m. The final four berth is Mount Olive's first since 1996.

"This is a great win for us. For the seniors, for the program and to get these young kids a taste of the final four atmosphere," Mount Olive coach Jerry Riggs said. "It's been a great year. We're happy we're there and we hope it doesn't end."

The young Trojans took just a 1-0 lead into halftime against the Bulldogs, who had won five-straight CVAC games going into Tuesday's match. Barton's last loss was a 7-0 drubbing at Trojan Field on Sept. 15.

Eastern Wayne graduate Cory Worrell's goal on a header in the eighth minute on a perfectly-placed corner kick from the left side by Chris Jasso proved to be the only