AUGUSTA, Ga. – For his efforts in a pair of games for the Braves last week, including the spearheading of a four-goal comeback victory over Montevallo, UNCP sophomore forward Andy Pullin has been named the Peach Belt Conference’s Player of the Week, the league office announced Tuesday.
Pullin, a Guatemala native, had three goals and an assist in two double-overtime games for the Braves. He had an assist on a game-tying goal in the 80th minute as UNCP took then-No. 4 Lees-McRae into double overtime before falling 2-1, then pulled off the impossible as he single-handedly erased a 3-0 deficit at Montevallo with three second-half goals. His first two scores were in the 56th and 57th minutes with the game-tying score in the 87th. UNCP won the game 4-3 in double overtime. With his effort, Pullin is now tied for fourth in the PBC in goals scored.
Pullin’s hat trick was the first for a UNCP player since former all-American Miguel Ferrer accomplished the feat on Oct. 16, 2007, in a win at Barton. It is believed to be the first time a UNCP player has scored three goals in one half, however.
Pullin and the Braves will be back in action again on Wednesday when they suit up to host region rival Mount Olive in a 7 p.m. match-up at Varsity Grounds. Admission to all 2009 UNCP Soccer home games is free.