Bruins bring home national titles, set records in fall season

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Men's soccer Coach Greg Fulton was named the NCCAA DII coach of the year.
Photo: Bradley Allweil

After a competitive season, the Bruins teams brought home a wide variety of honors this semester.

Finishing with the best regular season record in program history and a national championship victory, the Bruin’s men’s soccer team enjoyed a great season.

The team went 12-2-2 in the regular season, with a tie against DI Furman University. In the DII national championship, the Bruins defeated Randall University 2-1 after losing to them in double overtime in the 2020 National Tournament. Caleb Adams and Victor Oladipo scored, with Oladipo’s goal in the 81st minute putting the game away, and the Bruins brought home a second national championship. During the season, coach Greg Fulton was brought from interim coach to head coach.

Bruin’s women’s soccer went 18-4-1 with no home losses this season and a spot in the DI national tournament. The team reached a 16-game winning streak this season. After beating Trinity Baptist College 10- 0, the Bruins finished the regular season with a double overtime tie against Erskine College.

In the regional tournament, they beat Carolina University 3-1 and lost to Warner University 0-2. In the NCCAA DI National Tournament in Kissimmee, Florida, they took Oakland City University to overtime, but lost in the 96th minute, then lost to Ottawa University, eliminating the Bruins from the tournament. The Bruins finished with their best record in program history this year.

Bruin’s volleyball went 31-7 on the season and won their fourth NCCAA DII national championship in a row. The team swept Johnson University, who defeated the Bruins in the pool play round at the beginning of the tournament.

In the semifinals the Bruins beat Manhattan Christian College, then went on to their sweep of Johnson University to win the national title. This was the Bruins fourth time playing against Johnson University in the season.

Victoria Glaze, captain of the team, was named First Team All-American for the second time in her Bruins career. The team was forced to step up when Glaze was injured in the beginning of the national tournament, and the Bruins still came away with the title.

The Bruin’s golf team won the NCCAA South Region Championship for the second time in program history. They placed second in the Bruins Golf Classic tournament, coming in behind Spartanburg Methodist but beating Colombia International University, and the Bruins placed first for the NCCAA South Region.

The team placed fifth out of 9 teams in the NCCAA National Tournament, in which Grant Bagwell earned All-American honors with a top-10 finish. He is the second All-American in the history of the program. The Bruins came close to winning the Eagle Invitational tournament, coming in third place by just one stroke.

The Bruin’s men’s cross-country team brought home their sixth national title in a row while the women’s team won their second consecutive national title.

Head coach Ken Roach was named NCCAA DII Coach of the Year. This is his first year as head coach for the men’s and women’s teams. The men’s team finished in first place twice this season and third place three times.

Douglas Stone and Sol Shafer earned All-American honors for finishing top-five in the National Championship. The women’s team finished first in two of their races. Sarah Alferink and Nicole Fox both earned All-American honors as well.