Fall 2010 Issue

Sports Beat

Karp’s Debut Best in Women’s Soccer History

Freshman forward Emma Karp’s first game as a Buccaneer on September 3 was the best in the program’s storied history. Just 10 minutes into it, she netted her first career goal, but that was just the beginning. After going to the bench for the end of the first half, Karp returned to find her team down 3-1 to No. 19 North Alabama.

Karp connected twice more in the second half, assisted Lainie Ferring’s goal in the 88th minute to tie, and then hit the game-winner in overtime to finish with four goals (tying the school mark, accomplished 13 other times) and an assist. Her nine points (two per goal, one per assist) is second in school history.

Karp, however, wasn’t finished for the weekend. She added two goals against No. 2 West Florida, becoming the first player since 2003 to score twice against the Argonauts.

Through her first eight games, she led the Bucs with 14 goals and five assists. She had also scored in eight straight games, one shy of Emelie Karlsson’s school record of nine straight (September 6 to October 8, 2003).