#12 Coastal, Radford & Gardner-Webb Win on the Road
Gardner-Webb Edges UNC Asheville, 1-0
ASHEVILLE, N.C. Jon Ole Reinhardsen scored off a corner kick in the 78th minute to give Gardner-Webb a 1-0 Big South Conference victory over homestanding UNC Asheville Wednesday afternoon at Greenwood Field.
The victory was the third straight (3-8-1, 2-1-1) for the Runnin' Bulldogs, while the Bulldogs (1-12-0, 0-6-0 BSC) lost for the 12th straight time.
The game was evenly matched though Gardner-Webb held a slight edge in shots at 16-9. The Runnin' Bulldogs held a 6-5 edge in corner kicks.
Asheville had been getting the run off play before the visitors scored the winner. Off a corner kick, Marius Hammersmark sent a pass into the box that Reinhardsen was able to head into the back of the goal for the only score of the match at 78:16.
It marked the second straight game for Gardner-Webb that Reinhardsen and Hammersmark connected off a corner kick for the winning goal as the Runnin' Bulldogs beat VMI on Saturday, 1-0.
The Bulldogs tried to get the equalizer in the final 10 minutes and just missed on some late chances. Rob May's shot just went wide with six minutes left. With two minutes remaining, Trey Hemphill shot just missed going into the left corner of the net.
In the final seconds, Bobby Castro took a shot that went wide right as the buzzer sounded.
GWU goalkeeper Scott Krotee earned the shutout with three saves. Asheville goalkeeper Dan Jackson had a solid match with six saves.
UNC Asheville remains at home and hosts Big South foe Radford Saturday afternoon at 2:30 p.m.
Gardner-Webb will remain on the road for its next contest, as the Runnin' Bulldogs will take on the No. 23 High Point Panthers at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday night.
Strong Second Half Lifts Radford Over VMI, 2-1
LEXINGTON, Va. - Chel Ho Park Kim (61') and James Jordan ('69) scored second half goals less than nine minutes apart, leading Radford to a 2-0 win over VMI on Wednesday and its fifth straight Big South men's soccer victory.
The Highlanders (7-2-3, 5-0-0 Big South) matched their best league start since 2005 with the win, and are unbeaten over their last six outings.
Ryan Taylor made three saves in goal to earn his fourth shutout of the season and the 12th of his career.
Radford had a 14-4 shot advantage in the first half, including four opportunities on frame, but had nothing to show for it. However, the Highlanders outshot the Keydets (1-9-1, 0-4-1) 5-1 in the first 25 minutes of the second half en route to both goals.
Park Kim took advantage of a chance early in the second half to get the Highlanders on the board. A ball played into the middle was mishandled by VMI goalkeeper Taylor Feuerstein and found the feet of Park Kim, who finished to score his fourth goal of the season and second in as many games.
A corner kick 8:02 later led to Radford's second goal. Jannik Eckenrode's service found Jordan in the penalty area - Jordan had to dive to his right, but got a clean header off and scored to give the Highlanders a 2-0 lead.
Radford shut down VMI the rest of the way to preserve the win - the Keydets had just one shot over the final 20 minutes, and Taylor stopped an opportunity when Aaron White's header shot got to the goal in the 82nd minute.
The Highlanders outshot VMI 7-2 in the second half and finished the match with a 21-6 shot tally.
Feuerstein played the first 65:45 in goal for the Keydets and made five saves.
Radford continues its four-game stretch away from home on Saturday afternoon at UNC Asheville at 2:30 p.m. VMI travels to No. 12 Coastal Carolina for a 2 p.m. contest on Saturday.
Late Goals Lift No. 12 Coastal Carolina to 3-1 Win at Campbell
BUIES CREEK, N.C. -- Coastal Carolina scored twice in a 6-minute span late in the match Wednesday night to deal Campbell at 3-1 setback at the Eakes Athletic Complex.
Ashton Bennett scored his second goal of the match in the 74th minute to break a 1-1 deadlock. Justin Portillo added an insurance strike in the 80th minute for the 12th-ranked Chanticleers (10-1-2, 5-0 Big South), who extended their win streak to 7 matches and unbeaten stretch to 11 (9-0-1).
Isaiah Page scored his first career goal for Campbell (7-4-1, 2-3), which dropped consecutive outings for the first time this year.
Coastal jumped in front in the 11th minute on Bennett's eighth goal of the year. Shawn McLaws sent a long throw into the box that was headed into the air. Pedro Ribeiro nodded the ball down to Bennett, who struck a low, left-footed shot into the right side of Ethan Hall's net.
The Camels nearly equalized in the 14th minute when Federico Bertele dove to his right to stop Page's header. In the 37th minute, Bertele was able to tip Jhuvon Francis' blast from outside the box over his crossbar for a corner kick.
Campbell drew level in the 40th minute on Page's first career strike. Mitchell Cardenas sent a pass to Francis, who found Page in the midfield. The freshman from Brampton, Ontario cut back and hit a right-footed effort through traffic into the right side of the net.
Cardenas' assist was his ninth of the year to tie High Point's Shawn Sloan for the league lead. A senior midfielder from Mexico City, Cardenas now has 65 career points on 18 goals and 29 assists and moved into a tie for 19th place on Campbell's career scoring list with Mathew Hooker (15 goals, 35 assists, 65 points from 1993-97).
The goal ended a 252 minute shutout string for Bertele and was also the first surrendered by Coastal in league play this year.
Less than two minutes into the second half, Coastal nearly went in front when Tevin Skyers sent a right-footed shot from the top of the area just over the cross bar.
Page nearly added a second goal in the 68th minute on a shot in the box, but Bertele's foot save kept the score deadlocked.
In the 72nd minute, Justin Franz split the Coastal defense with a pass, but Bertele again left his feet to steer away Bryce Miller's shot.
Bennett rose in the 74th minute to nod in Ribeiro's left-footed service for his third game-winning goal of the season. The 2011 Big South player of the year recorded his third multi-goal game of this season, all in league play.
Just over six minutes later, Portillo controlled a failed clearance in the Camel box and calmly placed a right-footed shot in the net for his third goal of the season.
Despite being out-shot 14-12, Coastal Carolina extended its regular-season win streak in league play to 14 matches after finishing the 2011 campaign with a 9-0 Big South record.
Campbell dropped its first match at home this year (3-1) and lost to a nationally-rated foe after going 1-0-1 vs. ranked teams (1-1 draw at SMU and 2-0 win at NC State) earlier in the season.
Bertele and Hall both finished with 6 saves. Coastal Carolina held a 9-7 edge in shots on target.
The Camels continue a 4-match home stand Saturday with a 5:00 p.m. kick-off against Winthrop. Coastal Carolina plays Saturday at VMI at 2:00.