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PIKEVILLE — Keeping up with Charles B. Aycock High senior forward Sean Doulin was a chore for defenders in the 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference.
Once Doulin received the ball in a one-on-one situation, the chances were in his favor that he would win the ensuing footrace with his defender.
With speed as his calling card, Doulin, a four-year player for CBA and an All-Region 3 defender as a senior by North Carolina Soccer Coaches Association, inked a Celebratory Signing Form on Thursday afternoon to play NCAA Division III soccer with Brevard College of the USA South Athletic Conference. Doulin, a two-time all-conference selection for head coach Cory Worrell, led the Golden Falcons to a 15-5 overall record and an 8-4 showing in ECC play, good enough to claim the top 3-A spot in the split league and a second-place finish overall behind 4-A New Bern.
“They just kept me confident and kept me going,” Doulin said of his time at CBA. “They always believed in me.”
Doulin, the son of William and Stacey Doulin of Goldsboro, chose the Tornado over interest from Barton College and Wingate University. The move to Division III is relatively new for the Tornados, who moved from Division II beginning with the 2017-18 school year. As such, Division III institutions are not permitted to award athletic scholarships.
Doulin, who will major in exercise science, assessed that his chances for playing time would be better at Brevard. The Tornadoes wrapped up their first season of Division III men’s soccer competition in the fall and finished with a 7-8 record under head coach Bob Winch. However, since Brevard is still in the process of reclassifying to Division III, matches against USA South competition did not count in the league standings.
Doulin’s ascension into a college-ready player coincided with the rise of the CBA soccer program. As a freshman, the Falcons went 7-12 and missed the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 3-A postseason. But for the next three seasons, CBA finished no lower than third in the conference and made the postseason, a trend that also coincided with the arrival of Worrell.
“He can play the ball anywhere in space,” Worrell said of Doulin. “And he’d get there before anyone would. So definitely a great attribute.”