#12 Coastal, #23 High Point, Campbell & Radford Win, Longwood Ties


Radford Holds off UNC Asheville, 2-1
ASHEVILLE, N.C. - Big South co-leader Radford remained unbeaten in the Big South Conference, but had to hold off a determined UNC Asheville effort before the Highlanders prevailed 2-1 at Greenwood Field Saturday afternoon.

The Highlanders (8-2-3, 6-0-0 BSC) remained unbeaten in their last seven games. RU scored twice in the first half to take a 2-0 halftime lead only to see the Bulldogs roar back in the second half and nearly tie the match.

Radford got first-half goals from Bernardo Ulmo and Ramzi Dridi as it led 2-0. Asheville got on the board early in the second half on Alex Chu's first career goal.

The Highlanders controlled the game in the first half. They fired the first nine shots on goal and ended up with a 13-2 advantage in shots at halftime.

Ulmo scored his team-leading 10th goal of the year at 17:03 when he took a pass from Jamie Summers and tapped the ball into the goal from five yards out for a 1-0 RU lead.

Asheville goalkeeper Dan Jackson was busy in the opening half but played well and kept the Bulldogs within striking distance as he made eight saves.

RU scored the eventual game-winner in the 40th minute. Ulmo fed Dridi who unleashed a shot from 25 yards out that managed to go into the upper right half of the goal for a 2-0 Highlander lead at 40:18. It was his fourth goal of the season.

The Bulldogs took charge early in the second half as they had the first three shots of the half. Asheville got on the board on a corner kick n the 54th minute. Stabler Cochrane sent a ball into the box that Chu was able to get his head on it and scored his first goal to cut the lead to 2-1.

Both teams exchanged chances in the final 30 minutes of the match. Bobby Castro of Asheville just missed tying the match when he shot from 20 yards out went inches wide with 10 minutes left.

Jackson finished the match with 11 saves. Radford held a 19-7 advantage in shots and a 12-4 edge in corner kicks.

The game was much more even in the second half as RU out-shot Asheville 6-5 and 4-3 in corner kicks.

The Bulldogs are off until next Saturday (Oct. 20) when they host VMI at Noon. Saturday's match will be the final home match of the year for UNC Asheville. The school will honor its seniors prior to the match. Radford travels to High Point next Saturday for a league showdown with the Panthers at 7:30 p.m.

Campbell Defeats Winthrop 5-2 in Big South Contest
BUIES CREEK, N.C. - Campbell scored five times in the first 69 minutes and defeated Winthrop 5-2 Saturday in Big South Conference men's soccer action at the Eakes Athletic Complex.

Four different players scored for Campbell (8-4-1, 3-3-0 Big South), which produced its most goals in a single match this season.  Mitchell Cardenas scored once and added an assist, while Isaiah Page set up a pair of Camel strikes.

Justin Franz, Jhuvon Francis and Ben Iiames also hit the nets for the Camels, who finished with a 20-10 edge in shots, ended a 2-game losing streak and gained 3 valuable points in the league table.

Mason Lavallet and Alex Isern scored for Winthrop (6-6, 2-2), which lost for only the second time in the last six contests.

Franz put the Camels in front in the 11th minute.  Cardenas played the ball down the right flank to Page, who cut back at the top of the box and squared a pass to Franz at the top of the area.  The junior midfielder drove a low, right-footed shot through traffic into the left side of the net for his second goal of the season.

Winthrop nearly equalized five minutes later when Isern curled a shot that slipped just wide of the right post.

The Camels doubled their lead in the 20th minute when Page struck a low shot in the area that Winthrop keeper Tom Banfield dove to stop, but Francis netted the rebound at the far post for his fourth goal this year.

Ricki Gaez slipped a through ball to Cardenas in the 40th minute for a sharply-angled shot, but Banfield again left his feet to keep the margin at two.

Just after 49 minutes, Cardenas netted what proved to be the winner on a free kick from just outside the box.  His shot caromed off the Winthrop wall and into the net for the senior's fifth strike this year.

Less than seven minutes later the margin reached four when Winthrop failed to clear the ball in its box.  Campbell's Aleksi Tossavainen hit a low pass in the area that deflected off an Eagle defender and into the net for an own goal.

Isern broke free behind the Camel back line in the 63rd minute, but Camel keeper Ethan Hall charged off his line to keep his sheet clean.

In the 69th minute Iiames produced his first goal of the year.  The senior from Raleigh settled a partial clearance outside the box and hit a left-footed blast into the right side of the net.

Winthrop's Matt Sluga nearly scored in the 70th minute when his right-footed shot bounded off the cross bar.

Iiames almost added a second when he caught Eagle keeper Enrique Miranda off his line, but Adam Brundle was able to play Iiames' 20-yard shot off his chest and out of the net.

Winthrop avoided the shutout in the final 10 minutes when Lavallet and Isern both scored against backup Camel keeper Easton Folster as a result of two poor clearances in the Camel end.

Cardenas moved past Craig Winchell (24 goals, 19 assists, 68 points from 1974-77) and Rodrigo Cagide (23G, 21A, 67 pts. from 1988-91) into 17th place on Campbell's all-time scoring list.  The senior midfielder now has 68 points on 19 goals and 30 assists in 70 career outings.  He has produced at least one point in 10 of CU's 13 matches this year (5G, 10A, 20 pts.)

The Camels continue their four-match home stand Wednesday when they host No.-23 High Point at 7 p.m.

Winthrop wraps up its three-game road stretch on Wednesday, Oct. 17 as it heads to nationally-ranked Coastal Carolina. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

VMI Men's Soccer Succumbs to #12 Coastal Carolina's High-Powered Offense, 8-0 
LEXINGTON, Va. - The Virginia Military Institute men's soccer team fell at home Saturday afternoon at Patchin Field against the No. 12 Coastal Carolina University Chanticleers, who utilized five first half goals and another three in the second to down the Keydets 8-0.

The Chanticleers, who were tied for first place in the Big South Conference coming into Saturday's game, put together a high-powered offense, which tallied five goals in the first 40 minutes of the game. Ricky Garbanzo and Tevin Skyers each had a hand in the first three goals. Garbanzo scored the first and third goals, getting each assist from Skyers, who scored the game's second goal on an dish from Garbanzo.

Coastal Carolina (11-1-2, 6-0-0 BSC) got a final two goals in the first stanza from Robby Joe Daniels, who was assisted twice from Shawn McClaws. One of the nation's top scorers, Ashton Bennett, scored the first two goals in the second half, getting help from Henrik Robstad and Nick May. Less than one minute after Bennett's second goal, Jakub Stourac tallied the final marker of the day in the 69th minute. He was assisted by Matt Risher.

The Keydets (1-10-1, 0-5-1 BSC) nine saves from a pair of keepers, including seven from starter Daniel Kitchen, who played for 69 minutes before Alex Guerra came in to the game for the final 21 minutes. Guerra made two stops and did not allow a goal.

The Chanticleers, who advanced to the second round of last year's NCAA tournament, out-shot VMI 25-6, splitting their attempts with 12 in the first half and another 13 in the second period. Coastal Carolina put 17 of those tries on goal, while not allowing VMI a shot on frame. VMI's offensive efforts were handled by Kyle Farmer, who took four of VMI's six total shots.

While no cards were issued during the game, Coastal Carolina was called for 14 fouls, including 10 in the second half. VMI was whistled just six times, with five coming in the first period.

VMI rounds out its three-game home stand on Tuesday when it takes on rival Liberty University. Game time is slated for 4 p.m. at Patchin Field.

Coastal Carolina will return to the pitch on Wednesday, Oct. 17 as it hosts Winthrop at 7:00pm.

Longwood Earns 2-2 Double-Overtime Draw at Belmont
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Longwood University men's soccer team earned a 2-2 draw in double-overtime at Belmont University (5-7-2) of the Ohio Valley Conference on Saturday evening in Nashville, Tenn. Senior Devin Pierce|Virginia Beach (Kempsville) and freshman Sam Yardley|Fairfax Station (Robinson) each scored one goal apiece in the outing for the Lancers (3-9-3). Longwood will return to action on Wednesday, October 17 at 3 p.m. when the squad travels to American University of the Patriot League.

The Bruins outshot the Lancers 8-2 in the first half, but a strong defensive effort by sophomore goalkeeper Paul Hegedus|Ashbrun (Broad Run) and the rest of the LU back line, extinguished Belmont's opportunities, keeping the match scoreless through the first 45 minutes of play and sending the teams into halftime knotted at 0-0.

Coming out of the half, Belmont took a 1-0 lead when Nico Olsak sent a cross to teammate Raphael Colmanette for the shot and goal in the 67th minute.

The Lancers tied the match in the 74th minute, as Sam Yardley countered a Belmont defender to take possession of the ball and score unassisted, making it a 1-1 game.

Belmont quickly retaliated to regain the lead less than one minute later. Alfred Edmonds took the ball on a breakaway down the field before dishing a cross to Luca Schioppa, who sent a shot skidding by Hegedus to give his squad the 2-1 advantage.

Longwood would not go quietly, tying the match at 2-2 on a shot from beyond the 18-yard box by Pierce in the 83rd minute. Neither side was able to take the lead before the end of regulation, forcing a 10-minute, sudden-victory overtime period. 

Longwood notched the only shot of the first overtime, but could not convert, causing the game to move to a second overtime period. The stalemate continued through the final 10 minutes of the game, ending in the 2-2 draw.

Belmont took a 12-5 shot advantage in the outing and a 9-5 advantage in corner kicks. In addition to Yardley and Pierce, senior Vinnie Llana|Raleigh, N.C. (Broughton), junior Jared Windt|Haymarket (Battlefield) and sophomore Jonathan Kukapa|Leesburg (Clarksburg Md.) also tallied one shot apiece in the outing. Hegedus totaled four saves in the complete-game performance.  Schioppa led the Bruins with four shots in the contest.

Saturday's match marked the first meeting ever between Longwood and Belmont in the sport of men's soccer. 

#23 High Point Defeats Gardner-Webb 2-1 in Double-Overtime
High Point, N.C. - The No. 23 nationally ranked High Point Panthers used home field advantage, literally, as the Panthers used a fortuitous bounce off the field turf on its game-winning goal in the second overtime period to defeat the Gardner-Webb Runnin' Bulldogs 2-1 in double overtime at Vert Stadium in High Point, N.C.

The loss snaps Gardner-Webb's winning streak at three and drops the Runnin' Bulldogs to 3-9-1 overall and 2-1-1 in Big South Conference play.  High Point improves to 11-1-1 overall and 4-0-1 in conference action.

Both teams looked to take the lead early in the contest, as High Point's Leon Carby registered the first shot on frame in the 11th minute, which was stopped by Gardner-Webb goalkeeper Scott Krotee.

After the Panthers' Mamadee Nyepon had his shot attempt blocked by a GWU defender in the 14th minute, Gardner-Webb junior Chris Davis posted the Runnin' Bulldogs' first shot of the match in the 16th minute, as the ball ricocheted of the post to keep the match scoreless through the first 20 minutes of play.

The physical play continued, as over the next several minutes each team would be called for a series of fouls, as High Point's offense continued to put pressure on the GWU defense.

HPU's Keith Cowdey put another shot on target for the home team in the 20th minute, forcing Krotee to make another save in the early minutes of the opening half.

Over the next 10 minutes, High Point would control play, as the Panthers outshot GWU 4-0 with the last two shots requiring a team save in goal and a block by a defender to keep the Panthers off the scoreboard.

On the counter attack, Gardner-Webb's Marius Hammersmark tried his hand at scoring the go-ahead goal, only to see his shot sail wide and offline in the 33rd minute.

The Panthers' Austin Yearwood and Nyepon each posted a shot over the next two minutes to no avail, as the match remained scoreless heading into the halftime break.

Out of the break, it was the Runnin' Bulldogs' offense who put the pressure on the High Point defense out of the break, as Davis and freshman Craig Swaby each placed a shot online over the first 10 minutes of the second half only to have High Point goalkeeper Kody Palmer make two great saves to keep the visitors off the scoreboard.

Over the next five minutes it was the Panthers turn to try to score, as Mamadee Nyepon saw his shot attempt in the 57th minute sail high and over the goal, while Carby's scoring chance in the 59th minute would not get past Krotee.

After GWU's Riley Shelton looked to put the Runnin' Bulldogs on top in the 61st minute, only to fire high and out of play, the High Point Panthers finally broke through in the 65th minute as Shane Malcolm scored on a pass from Nyepon to put the home team on top 1-0.

Davis again attempted to score for GWU in the 66th minute, only to have Palmer come up big once more in goal for the Panthers to keep the home team in front by one at 1-0 with less than 25 minutes to go in regulation.

In the 71st minute, Malcolm fired off another shot attempt, this time hitting the crossbar, as High Point was inches away from pushing its lead to two at 2-0.

Gardner-Webb took advantage, as Swaby picked a great time for his first goal of his career, as the freshman midfielder got to a looseball in High Point's defensive third and put his shot into the back of an empty net to tie the score up at 1-1 in the 72nd minute.

With the score tied up at 1-1 in the 77th minute, Gardner-Webb had a player issued with a red card, leaving the visitors down a man for the rest of the match.

Despite playing down a man, the Runnin' Bulldogs refused to break, as High Point took three shots over the final 13 minutes of the match with Krotee making a last minute save in the 88th minute to send the Big South Conference match up to overtime tied at 1-1.

In the extra frame of play, High Point outshot the Runnin' Bulldogs 3-0, as the GWU defense blocked two of the attempts to keep the score tied at 1-1 and force a second overtime period.

GWU's Krotee would post three saves over the first eight minutes of the second overtime period, yet he and the Runnin' Bulldogs would come up just short as Adam Sewell played a header off a corner kick in the 109th minute which bounced off the astroturf field and over the head of Krotee, who was shielded by another High Point player, and across the goal line to give the home team the 2-1 win.

For the match, GWU was outshot 27-8, while the Panthers also held on to an 11-4 advantage in shots on goal for the match.

Krotee, who again was huge in the net for the Runnin' Bulldogs for the entire match, posted eight saves in the loss, while High Point's Palmer had three saves in the win.

The loss is Gardner-Webb's fourth this season to a top-25 nationally ranked opponent.

Gardner-Webb will step out of conference play to take on Clemson on Tuesday night, October 13th, at 7 p.m. in Clemson, S.C. High Point will hit the road to take on Campbell on October 17th at 7 p.m.