Coastal Women's Soccer Wins Second-Straight
CONWAY - The Coastal Carolina women's soccer team won its second straight game for the first time this season and knocked off another team previously unbeaten in the Big South Conference, shutting out Longwood 2-0 Saturday afternoon at the CCU Soccer Field.
Senior forward Ashley Day scored off an assist by freshman midfielder Fia Jonsson in the 61st minute and sophomore forward Kacey Kelley tacked on an insurance goal for the Chanticleers as they improved to 5-6-0 overall and evened their Big South record at 2-2-0. Longwood fell to 8-4-0 overall and 3-1-0 in conference play.
Coastal also recorded its second straight shutout and fifth of the season.
After an evenly-played first half, the Chants came out strong to start the second and pressured the Lancers' defense. Day had a shot from the top of the box that went wide and minutes later headed a ball forward to Kelley, who one-touched a shot that forced a diving save by Longwood goalkeeper Kyra Byron.
Byron, though, had no chance on Coastal's next shot attempt less than two minutes later. Working on the left side, junior forward Christina Stern beat her defender toward the middle and fed a pass back to Jonsson outside the left corner of the 18-yard box. Jonsson then sent a perfect cross to a leaping Day at the right post and the Elkton, Md. native headed it in the open near side. It was Day's second goal of the season and Jonsson's third assist.
The Chanticleers continued to attack for several minutes following the goal before Longwood started to penetrate the Coastal defensive half. With just over 10 minutes left, senior midfielder Anna Lowe intercepted a dangerous cross into the box from the left side and cleared the ball away. Moments later, the Lancers set up a header attempt in the middle of the penalty box, but junior goalkeeper Megan Spencer was there to make the save and Longwood was unable to get another shot the rest of the way.
The Chants worked the ball down into their offensive half and capitalized when Longwood's goalkeeper came well out near the top of the box. A loose ball went to Kelley and she calmly put it in the wide open goal from 25 yards out for her team-high fifth tally of the season.
Coastal outshot its opponent for the fourth consecutive Big South game, finishing with a 12-7 advantage, including 8-4 in the second half. Both teams had five shots on goal, with Spencer recording five saves to notch her fourth individual shutout of the year.
The Chants play their next three games on the road, beginning Thursday, Oct. 4 at Radford.
Longwood returns to the pitch on Thursday, Oct. 4 as it hosts Winthrop at 7:00pm.
Lashley scores twice in CSU's 3-2 victory over Liberty
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Toni Lashley scored a pair of goals, including the clinching shot in the 64th minute as Charleston Southern held off a late surge by Liberty in recording the 3-2 Big South Conference victory on Saturday afternoon at Buccaneer Field.
Lashley recorded her first multi-goal effort on the season, scoring in both the third and 64th minutes for the Lady Bucs (4-6-1, 2-2 BSC) and CSU's defense held strong in the closing minutes as Liberty (8-5, 2-2 BSC) was unable to pull off the comeback in the 3-2 Charleston Southern victory.
Liberty took the first shot attempts of the game as the visiting Flames fired on net twice in the first minute of the contest, but Helena Pereira and Brittany Aanderud's attempts were controlled by the CSU defense to keep the guests off the board.
Charleston Southern scored on their opening shot of the game as Lashley placed in her fifth goal of the season, receiving a through ball up the right seam of the defense. The junior forward from Union County, N.C. outraced Liberty goalkeeper Karen Blocker to the ball in the upper right corner of the box and lofted a shot over Blocker's outstretched hands and into the left side of the net for the first goal of the game at the 2:22 mark of the contest.
Liberty continued to threaten as Aanderud launched a shot from 25 yards out less than a minute later that deflected off the crossbar in front of the net, but Cody punched the ball away to keep CSU in the lead.
Charleston Southern had several scoring opportunities over the next 30 minutes. Gina Cox drilled a shot attempt from 18 yards narrowly sailing over the crossbar while Lashley threatened twice more for the Lady Bucs, going one-on-one with Blocker on two occasions. However, she was unable to find net, pushing one attempt high, while missing to the left on her second attempt as the score remained 1-0.
Pereira continued to press the attack for the Flames, launching three shots, but her attempts were stifled by the CSU defensive front. Maddie Boone found the gap in the CSU defense at the 35:49 mark, dribbling the ball through the defense before firing a shot on goal. The shot attempt took a bounce and slid through Cody's hands, into the back of the net to knot the match up at 1 apiece with less than 10 minutes to play in the opening half.
Charleston Southern fought back, taking the final two shots of the half in the last minute of play as Hali Singleton's shot was deflected by Blocker off the crossbar. The rebound was collected by Chelsea Phillips and the redshirt freshman forward picked up her second goal of the season sliding into the box and deflecting the ball into the net for the go-ahead 2-1 goal at the 44:30 mark to send the teams into the halftime break.
The lead doubled at the 63:07 mark as Cox lofted the ball into the box toward Lashley. The junior forward collected the pass and drilled a shot out of reach of the diving Liberty keeper and into the left side of the net to put the score at 3-1.
Liberty continued to fight back, launching seven consecutive shots spanning from the 70:08 mark in the contest to the 80:33 when Rebecca Page came out of a scrum at the top of the box, finding Jaime Bouffard open on the wing. Bouffard's chip cleared Cody's hands as the CSU goalkeeper advanced on the play and settled in the net to cut the lead to within one at 3-2 with less than 10 minutes to play.
Kelly Henion fired two shots in the closing minutes for Liberty, but one sailed high and Cody corralled the other for a save to keep the score the same. Liberty's final scoring attempt came on a corner kick at the 88:31 mark, but Aanderud's serve into the box was knocked away and Rebecca Hollstegge and Kenandra DeSaussure held possession the remainder of the contest for CSU as the Lady Bucs recorded the 3-2 victory in front of the home crowd at Buccaneer Field.
Charleston Southern remains in Big South play, but returns to the road next week as they travel to the Virginia Military Institute on Thursday, October 4th. Kickoff between the Lady Bucs and the Keydets is set for 4 p.m. in Lexington, Va.
Liberty returns home as it hosts Gardner-Webb on Thursday, Oct. 4. Game time is slated for 7:00pm.
VMI Drops Conference Matchup to Presbyterian College, 4-1
CLINTON, s.C. - Despite outshooting their hosts and getting a goal from Meredith Baldasare, the VMI Keydets fell 4-1 to the Presbyterian College Blue Hose in Big South women's soccer action Saturday in Clinton, S.C.
Presbyterian (1-10, 1-3 Big South) jumped ahead early, scoring two goals in the first five minutes of play, and adding a third in the 27th minute of action. Tori Lopez had two of those goals for the Blue Hose, and the hosts would add another score in the 52nd minute. VMI (1-9, 0-4 Big South) tried to rally, outshooting PC 16-15 overall and 14-6 in the second half, but Baldasare's goal with 1:05 left was not enough to overcome the deficit.
The game marked the second time this year VMI had outshot an opponent, as that also occurred in the August 24 match with Elon. The 16 shots was also a season high for the Keydets, while Baldasare's goal was the first of her career. It marked the second straight match in which a Keydet player scored her first career goal, following Courtney Mason's two score game Thursday against UNC Asheville.
The Blue Hose jumped ahead early Saturday, on a day marked by wet conditions and occasional rain. Just 2:17 into the contest, Lopez found Sara Simpson in the box and Simpson put a low shot past VMI goalkeeper Mackenzie Harrmann, staking PC to a 1-0 lead.
That margin grew to 2-0 just 2:23 later, when Keri O'Neill passed the ball into the box. Lopez controlled it, spun and put the resulting shot by Harrmann to double PC's lead.
That cushion increased in the 27th minute, when Harrmann stopped a Kelly Kozera shot but the ball came free to Lopez in close. She put it into the net, making it a 3-0 Presbyterian advantage.
The Blue Hose posted the game's first nine shots, and the Keydets brought Kirsten Hancock into the game in goal in the 32nd minute. PC's shot streak ended when Mason tested PC keeper Sydney Fontenot in the 34th minute. Fontenot stopped the shot, and VMI's final attempt of the first half was blocked, sending the match to halftime with PC up, 3-0.
The Keydets had the first two shot tries in the second half, with neither on goal, but then committed a foul in the box, leading to a 51st minute penalty kick. Hancock turned the PK aside with an impressive save, but Alice Blackwell, who had taken the kick, pounced on the rebound and scored to make it a 4-0 contest.
PC kept the pressure up, forcing saves by Hancock in the 53rd and 58th minutes, before VMI turned the tide in the 71st minute. That saw Allie Segura force a save by Fontenot, as did Mason some four minutes later. Fontenot also stopped Sarah Putney at 78:51, and off a corner just seconds later, turned Mason aside yet again to preserve her team's 4-0 cushion.
In the closing moments, Baldasare took over the Keydet offense with shots in the 84th and 86th minute, before finally getting a through pass from Sarah Putney in the 89th minute. That pass put the freshman into a 1 vs. 1 situation, and she took advantage by beating Fontenot to the keeper's right, accounting for the final margin of 4-1.
The final stats showed the Keydets with a 16-15 edge in shots, including 14-6 in the second half. Hancock was credited with three of VMI's four saves, while Fontenot stopped five shots for PC.
VMI women's soccer will return to action Thursday, Oct. 4, as the Keydets play host to Charleston Southern. Game time is set for 4 p.m.
Presbyterian's next game is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 4 as it travels to High Point for a 7:00pm match.
Wiley Nets Two as Highlanders Edge UNC Asheville on the Road for Program's 300th Win
ASHEVILLE, N.C. - Senior Mary Wiley (Radford, Va./Radford) scored two goals to help Radford women's soccer win its 300th contest in program history with a 3-2 Big South road win at UNC Asheville on Saturday afternoon. The victory was also the Highlanders' (7-2-1, 3-0-1 Big South) third straight and extended their unbeaten streak to seven matches.
For Wiley it was her second multi-goal match of her career as she broke a 1-1 tie in the 22nd minute and scored the eventual game-winner in the 52nd minute.
After the Bulldogs (3-9, 1-3) grabbed an early lead on a fifth-minute goal by Kaitlyn Eckert, the Highlanders scored three straight before a 90th-minute strike by Kennedy Garrett made the final margin one.
Junior Rachel Conway (Kitchener, Ontario, Canada) evened the contest at 1-apiece converting her third penalty kick of the season in the 13th minute for her team-best fifth score of the season.
Wiley gave the Highlanders the lead for good when she connected on a one timer after junior Sahar Aflaki (Gainesville, Va./Battlefield) found her with a service into the six. She pushed the lead to 3-1 on a breakaway. Wiley's third goal of the season was set up by sophomore Stephanie Herb (Fairfax Station, Va./Robinson Secondary).
Junior Che' Brown (Manassas Park, Va./Manassas Park) stopped six shots for the Highlanders, while her counterpart Heather Muller made a match-high nine saves.
Of Radford's 300 wins (1981-pr.), 168 have come since head coach Ben Sohrabi took over in 1996, including 47 since 2008.
The Highlanders return home on Thursday, Oct. 4 hosting Coastal Carolina at 7:00 p.m.
Asheville will hit the road for its next match as it travels to Campbell for a 7:00pm match.
Parker Goal Gives HPU a 2-1 Overtime Win Against GWU
Junior Taylor Parker scored in the 104th minute of double overtime to propel the High Point University women's soccer team to a 2-1 win over Gardner-Webb on Saturday night at Vert Stadium. With the win, HPU remains undefeated in Big South play this season.
The game-winning goal came on a loose ball situation following a scrum in the middle of the box. A free kick was headed on into the box right in front of the goal by junior Becca Hemby. A scramble developed as redshirt-junior Meghan Krasnow battled several GWU defenders inside the six-yard box. The ball popped loose and rolled out to the right side of the box to Parker. The junior controlled the ball and hit a low line shot past the keeper for the win.
The Panthers improve to 3-4-6 overall and 2-0-2 in Big South play with Saturday's win. HPU has now played seven double-overtime games in 2012 with Saturday marking the first win by High Point in extra time. Gardner-Webb dropped to 2-9-0 overall and 1-3-0 in the Big South with the loss.
The Panthers leaped out to an early lead with a goal by senior Janay Whittaker in the eighth minute. Hemby hit a looping pass over the backline to Whittaker who made a run through the GWU defense. The senior got on the ball and slid a low shot past the onrushing keeper to put HPU up by a goal.
Gardner-Webb tied the game with a goal against the run of play by Samantha Gutierrez in the 23rd minute. Gutierrez found space just outside the box and hit a shot to the upper right corner of goal to make the score 1-1.
HPU had several dangerous scoring chances during the second half but was unable to deposit the ball into the back of the net. Senior Jenny Butler hit a long-range shot that was saved off the crossbar in the 50th minute and Hemby hit a header shot off the left post in the 68th minute. Hemby and Whittaker also each had open looks from inside of 10 yards that managed to run just wide of frame.
With the score tied after 90 minutes the two teams went into extra time where HPU outshot Gardner-Webb 8-2 before the Parker goal. GWU keeper Amy Schmitt kept the Runnin' Bulldogs in the game with four saves in overtime.
High Point controlled play throughout the game and finished with a 33-8 advantage in shots including a 12-3 edge in shots on goal. The Panthers locked down GWU after halftime, holding the Runnin' Bulldogs to just four shots and just one on frame. Hemby led HPU with a career-high 10 shots on the night while Parker added a career-high seven with five on target.
The Panthers will continue their current home stand on Thursday, Oct. 4, when the team welcomes Presbyterian College to Vert Stadium. HPU is 3-3-1 all-time against the Blue Hose including a road loss in the season finale last season. Kickoff for the game is set for 7 p.m.