Get used to seeing the black and white striped jerseys of the new top-ranked Barry Bucs this season — this squad is legit.
The team set the tone in the preseason when is shut the door on Keiser, blasting its way to a 3-0 win in an exhibition match. The Bucs then stormed right into the season with a 3-0 victory over BR-81 Florida Southern.
Barry has shown no sign of slowing down, blasting off shutouts left and right. Through five regular seasons contests, the high-octane offense has produced 13 goals and the stout defense has allowed just one.
After demolishing Florida Southern, the Bucs rolled over BR-40 Lenoir-Rhyne 3-0, BR-26 Armstrong 3-1, BR-129 Georgia College 2-0 and BR-52 Florida Tech 2-0.
The rash of devastating wins hasn’t just lifted the squad to a BR-1 ranking, but also an NCAA No. 1 ranking.
“Even though it’s still very early, we are honored to be recognized as the No. 1 team in the country at this stage in the season,” head coach Denise Brolly said in a release from the school. “Now that we’re up there, we want to hold on to that No. 1 for as long as we can. It’s very exciting for the players and everyone associated with the program.”
Reigning Sunshine State Conference Player of the Year, Lavinia Nkomo leads the team with five goals on 13 shots with seven on goal and one game winner. She also has an assist and is tied for total points on the team with 11. Matching her total is Sophomore Amanda Traynor who has three goals, five assists, 13 shots with seven on goal and two game winners.
Also on the front line is shooting machine Shanice Robe, who has gotten off a team-high 20 shots with 12 of them being placed on goal. That output has resulted in three goals, one game-winner, and two assists for 8 total points.
While the team has been on fire up front, the defense has been even more impressive on the back end.
Junior ‘keeper Paula Forero has given up one goal in 450 minutes of play this season. The Colombia native holds a 0.20 goals against percentage, has racked up 12 saves and has a .923 save percentage.
Overall, the defensive unit has allowed only 35 shots while the offense has taken 80. With those type of numbers, there’s little an opponent can do against this powerhouse.
Barry has a relatively soft schedule coming up as the team faces BR-121 Embry-Riddle and BR-139 Lynn before it gets down to business. The real test comes when the team hits a stretch that includes BR-19 Saint Leo, BR-4 Rollins and BR-27 Tampa in a 5-game run over two weeks heading into October.