#27 HPU, #16 Coastal and Winthrop Post Tuesday Wins; RU Ties Elon

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First Half Goals Lead Chants Past College of Charleston
CONWAY - The No. 16 Coastal Carolina men's soccer team used a trio of first half goals in a span of 19 minutes to down Lowcountry rival College of Charleston on Tuesday night at CCU Soccer Field.

Just as he did on Saturday night against UNC Greensboro, freshman striker Tevin Skyers made his presence known early in the game as he put the Chants on the board first in the 22nd minute of play. The Spanish Town, Jamaica, native received a pass near midfield, dribbled through the Cougar defense and into the six-yard box. He then made a nifty move to play the ball to himself before chipping the ball high over the keeper to the far corner of the net. The score was Skyers' third of both the season and his young career.

Less than three minutes later the Chants found the back of the net again, this time off the foot of defender Henrik Robstad. A College of Charleston turnover inside its own 18-yard box led to the score. Robstad intercepted a Cougar pass on the left flank and promptly blasted the ball past the Cougar keeper from seven-yards out to notch his second goal of the 2012 campaign.

Coastal's third and final goal of the night belonged to Uchenna Uzo. Justin Portillo's 41st minute free kick into the box was initially headed down by Pedro Ribeiro before Uzo slotted it home. Uzo now has two goals this season on just nine shot attempts.

College of Charleston would not go away quietly as the Cougars found a goal of their own in the 42nd minute to cut their deficit to 3-1. Sam Redmond played a through ball ahead to Luke Huggett inside the box, who finished the play with a shot just inside the near post.

The teams were unable to keep up their first half fireworks after the break. Neither side was able to gain much of an advantage in the very physical second half as both defensive lines tightened and held fast.

Coastal finished the match with a commanding 18-8 shot advantage after holding a 12-3 lead at the break. Both Coastal's Federico Bertele and College of Charleston's Kees Heemskerk recorded three saves.

Coastal returns to the field and conference play on Saturday, Sept. 29 at 3:30 p.m. against Presbyterian College. The match is the second of a doubleheader with the women's team. The Chanticleer women take on Longwood in a Big South match at 1 p.m.

Late Goal Lifts Winthrop Over USC Upstate In Men's Soccer Action
ROCK HILL, SC- Adam Brundle's goal in the 87th minute lifted the Winthrop men's soccer team to a 2-1 victory over USC Upstate, Tuesday evening at Eagle Field.

The Eagles rallied from a goal down to score two goals in the second half as they even their record on the season to 4-4. With the loss, Upstate falls to 2-5-1 on the year.

Winthrop applied pressure offensively over the final 15 minutes of the match and it paid off as Isern's cross found Brundle running on and he connected on a half-volley from 10 yards out as the ball was laced to the lower left corner.

The halftime speech must have worked as the Eagles responded quickly in the second half with a goal in the 48th minute. The Eagles continue to create chances off set pieces as Josh Mort's throw-in was flicked on to the back post by Kyle Kennedy as Alex Isern ran on and his one-touch shot found the back of the net from six-yards out. It was the second goal of the year for Isern and the first collegiate assist by Kennedy.

Upstate used the counter for the first lead of the game after the Eagles lost the ball off a free kick about 30 yards out. Tevin Gage collected the ball and drilled a through ball to Dylan Hoop as he raced free to goal and beat Tom Banfield in the lower right corner for his third goal of the season.

Winthrop threatened to score early on as Isern was sent free behind the Upstate defense but as he closed in on the ball near the top of the 18-yard box the Spartans keeper Dani Alvarado closed the angle. Isern tried to maneuver around for a shot and eventually dribbled back out of the box and tried to chip the ball to the far right corner, but it just said over the bar. That occurred two minutes prior to the first goal of the match by Upstate.

Isern threatened again in the 14th minute as the Eagles looked to tie the match. Isern dribbled the ball in the box toward the touch line, and from an angle to the keeper's right. The senior midfielder ripped a left footed shot that was saved but Alvarado gave up a rebound and the Spartans defense was there to clear the ball away.

Banfield finished the game with five saves while Alvarado finished with six. Winthrop held a 13-8 advantage in shots and corner kicks were even at five apiece. 

Winthrop hits the road once again as it heads to Asheville, NC this weekend for its next contest to take on UNC Asheville in the Eagles Big South Conference opener. The game will be played on Saturday, Sept. 29 with a noon kickoff.

HPU Stays Perfect with 1-0 Win Over William & Mary
The High Point University men's soccer team improved to 9-0-0 on the season after picking up a hard fought 1-0 win over William & Mary on Tuesday night at Vert Stadium. Senior Shane Malcolm scored the lone goal of the contest for HPU.
 
With the win, the Panthers finish the first half of their schedule unbeaten and untied. High Point is one of just three teams in the nation that has yet to drop a point in 2012. William & Mary falls to 2-5-2 overall with the loss, the Tribe's fourth one-goal defeat of the season.
 
HPU continued its recent trend of jumping out to an early lead as Malcolm scored in the third minute to put the Panthers up 1-0. Senior Shawn Sloan dispossessed a Tribe midfielder and caught the William & Mary backline stepping up with a through ball into the box. Malcolm made a diagonal run through the defense and onto the ball. The midfielder took a touch around the keeper and finished with a shot past a defender who had tracked back to the goal line. The goal was Malcolm's fifth of the season.
 
With a one-goal lead to preserve, High Point's defense limited William & Mary's opportunities in an increasingly physical contest. The Panthers did not allow a shot by the Tribe in the first half and held William & Mary without a shot on goal throughout the game. High Point finished the game with a 14-8 edge in shots.
 
Redshirt-freshman Kody Palmer was untested on the night but picked up his third-straight clean sheet and his sixth of the season. Palmer has allowed just four goals on the season and just one in HPU's last seven games.
 
Following the conclusion of a stretch in which the Panthers played five game in 13 days, High Point will get a week off before returning to Vert Stadium on Wednesday, Oct. 3, to face VMI. The match is the last of six-straight home games for HPU and will kickoff at 7 p.m. High Point is 7-2-0 all-time against the Keydets.

Ulmo Nets Sixth, Radford Plays to 1-1 Tie with Elon
ELON, N.C.  - Bernardo Ulmo (Sao Paulo, Brazil/South Kent) scored for the sixth time in as many matches and Ryan Taylor (Midlothian, Va./Midlothian) made six saves as Radford earned a 1-1 (2 OT) non-conference draw at Elon on Tuesday night.
 
With the Highlanders (3-2-3) down a goal in the 88th minute, a foul was whistled against Elon in the penalty area, setting up Ulmo for the equalizer.   The goal was the third Radford tally in a row for Ulmo, who scored two in Saturday's win over Campbell.  He has six total goals this season.
 
Ulmo nearly tied the score 14 minutes prior to his penalty kick when he rang the crossbar on a 73rd minute shot.
 
Chris Thomas, the nation's second-leading scorer entering the week, netted his 11th of the season in the 49th minute for the Phoenix (5-2-1) on a penalty kick.
 
Thomas had a chance to score late in the match, moments before Ulmo's penalty kick, but he was stopped by Taylor.
 
In the extra sessions, Radford outshot the Phoenix 4-1.  The Highlanders kept the ball in Elon's defensive half in the first four overtime minutes with a pair of shots and three corner kicks.  Ulmo had a shot in the 94th minute that was saved by Elon goalkeeper Nathan Dean.   Stephen Hudgens (Alpharetta, Ga./Fellowship Christian) had the other three shots for the Highlanders.
 
For the match, Elon held a slight 16-13 shot advantage - in the game's opening 30 minutes the Phoenix forced Taylor to make three saves.
 
Radford returns to Big South action on Saturday night with a 7 p.m. match at Gardner-Webb.

Starnes' Tally Not Enough as VMI Falls 3-1 at Virginia Tech 
BLACKSBURG, Va. -- With a goal with just five minutes left in regulation freshman Andrew Starnes gave the Virginia Military Institute men's soccer team a chance, but it was not to be Tuesday night as the Virginia Tech Hokies downed VMI 3-1.

Starnes cut Virginia Tech's 2-0 lead in half with just five minutes left to play, but Hokie junior David Clemens notched his first hat trick of the season just one and a half minutes later to seal VMI's fate.

In goal for VMI, Daniel Kitchen made his first start since Sept. 9 against Marshall University. Seeing the field for the first time in nearly a month, Kitchen fared well and made several key stops to keep the Keydets in it. The junior from Richmond made three saves in the first half, followed by five in the second stanza.

The Hokies (4-3-1) tripled VMI's shot total, taking 22 and putting 11 on cage. The Keydets (1-6-0) managed seven total shots, with the lone shot on goal coming as Starnes' tally, not allowing Hokie keeper Kyle Renfro a chance at a save. Hunter Morgan was the only VMI player to register more than one shot, taking a pair on the evening.

VMI fared well in the first half, possessing the ball well. But after an initial Kitchen save in the 30th minute, but Clemens collected the rebound and gave the Hokies their first goal of the evening..

The Hokies extended their lead 2-0 in the waning moments of the first half. David Fiorello initially took a shot that was blocked by the Keydet defense, but it was Clemens again on the rebound for his second goal of the evening, again unassisted.

VMI relented 10 shots, but Kitchen made three saves in the first 45 minutes. Virginia Tech earned six corners in the first stanza, while not allowing VMI one. Fouls were even, with VMI called four times to Virginia Tech's three.

Ten minutes into the new half, Kyle Farmer had a chance, challenging Virginia Tech keeper Renfro, who came out strong. Farmer knocked the ball over to teammate David Noel, who took a shot, but the Hokie defenders managed a team save on the play.

Late in the game, with just over five minutes left to play, Starnes sliced the Hokies' lead in half after sneaking a ball past Renfro.

However, the Hokies would score one more goal, once again coming off the foot of Clemens for his first hat trick of the season. Clemens shook loose from his defender and went one-on-one with Kitchen, just getting the ball under the diving keeper.

After playing three straight road games, the Keydets return home to Patchin Field on Saturday for their Big South Conference home opener against the Camels of Campbell University. Action is slated to begin at 4 p.m.

GWU Men's Soccer Surrenders Two First-Half Goals in Road Loss at N.C. State
Raleigh, N.C. - The Gardner-Webb men's soccer team surrendered two first half goals on Tuesday night, as the Runnin' Bulldogs fell on the road at N.C. State 2-0 in Raleigh, N.C.

The loss drops GWU to 0-7-1 on the season, while the win pushes N.C. State, who was previously ranked in the top-25 nationally, to 7-3 overall.

From the opening kick, the Wolfpack looked to end its three-match losing streak by jumping on the Runnin' Bulldogs early, as N.C. State posted three shots in the first seven minutes of the contest.

The third shot would find the back of the net, as Monbo Bokar received a pass from the left side of the box from teammate Alex Martinez and volleyed the ball into the left half of the goal from straight on to put the home team in front by one at 1-0.

Gardner-Webb goalkeeper Scott Krotee, who was under duress all night long, would stop the next two Wolfpack shots that were placed on frame; however, the high powered offense of N.C. State would break through again in the 32nd minute.

At the 31:33 mark of the first half, Martinez posted his eighth goal of the season on a free kick from the top of the box to put the home team on top 2-0.

Gardner-Webb's only shot of the first half would come in the final minute of play, as redshirt-senior Jon Ole Reinhardsen got his head on a Riley Shelton corner kick only to have it hauled in by N.C. State goalkeeper Joe Mills to keep the score at 2-0 in favor of the Wolfpack at the halftime break.

GWU looked to show more of an offense threat in the second half, as junior Jonas Nader put a shot on frame in the 56th minute that was knocked away by Mills. However, that would be the only shot that the Runnin' Bulldogs would register in the final 45 minutes of play, as N.C. State held on to the ball for most of the half.

The Wolfpack had two early shots blocked by Gardner-Webb defenders, while Krotee came up with another save on a Martinez header in the 59th minute.

N.C. State would try to add to its lead in the 66th minute, as shots from both Nader Jaibat and a Ryan Metts sailed wide to keep the score at 2-0.

The Gardner-Webb defense would again block the next two Wolfpack shots, one in the 79th minute and one in the 87th minute, to keep the final score at 2-0 in favor of the home team.

Krotee, who faced 18 shots on the night, tallied four saves, while his counterpart Mills of N.C. State posted two saves.

GWU's Reinhardsen and Nader posted one shot apiece, as both of the Runnin' Bulldogs' shots on the night were on frame.

While N.C. State held a 10-7 advantage in fouls, the two teams were even with four corner kicks apiece.

Gardner-Webb will return home for the first time since August 27th this Saturday night, September 29th, as the Runnin' Bulldogs will welcome the Radford Highlanders to Greene-Harbison Field and Boiling Springs, N.C. for a 7 p.m. tilt.

Richmond Edges Liberty 2-1 in 2 Overtimes
LYNCHBURG, VA. - Playing Liberty for the first time in 19 years, the Richmond Spiders scored in the second overtime period to edge the Liberty Flames, 2-1, Tuesday night in a non-conference match between the two Commonwealth of Virginia programs at the Campus East Fields.

Liberty falls to 2-5 on the year. The contest was the first overtime match of the season for the Flames. Richmond moves to 4-5. The Spiders have won three consecutive matches.

The Flames went on the attack during the opening minutes of the first half. Midfielder Johnny Torres fired the first shot of the game wide during the fifth minute and forward Kyle Breitmeyer had an attempt blocked down in front of the Richmond net in the 13th minute.

Less than four minutes later, host Liberty took a 1-0 advantage. Defender Henry Reyes dropped a pass for forward Tyler Bullock at the top right corner of the 18-yard box.  The forward then pushed a pass into the middle of the penalty area for Breitmeyer, who beat Spider goalkeeper Thomas Hand with a shot into the upper left corner of the net for his first goal of the year and an early lead.

After a Richmond corner kick in the 24th minute, Flames midfielder Rafael Amaya ripped a shot in transition, which Hand deflected away with a diving stop.

Liberty goalkeeper Scott Sutarik made back-to-back saves of Spider shots with less than 10 minutes remaining in the half.  Sutarik first stopped a shot by forward Colby Abrahamoff during the 35th minute and less than a minute later, corralled an attempt by midfielder Mannaan Umar.

During the 38th minute, Richmond defender Nick Butler pounced on a loose ball and ripped a shot from 20 yards out, which hit the crossbar and bounced out of harm's way.

The half closed with Hand cradling a shot by Amaya as time expired, sending the Liberty to halftime with a 1-0 edge.

The Flames opened the second half with Torres once again getting into open space to launch a shot during the 51st minute, only to see it just sail past the far left post.

At 59:43, the Spiders knotted game at 1-1. Abrahamoff fed a crossing pass from the right side of the field for the far post, which defender Christopher Hill headed into the lower right corner for his first goal of the year to tie the contest.

Off a corner kick, Liberty came close to regaining the lead in the 69th minute.  Defender Sam Duininck, who was in the middle of the box, headed the kick down toward the left side of the net, only to midfielder Mitch Revis range back and clear the ball away from the goal line to prevent a score.

After the Flames were called offside during the 70th minute, Richmond's Umar headed another crossing pass toward the middle of the Liberty goal.  Sutarik stepped up and easily caught the attempt for a save.

A shot by Spider Houston Oldham, the team's leading goal scorer, in the final minute of the second half sailed high, sending the match to overtime.

In the first extra 10-minute period, the Flames' best scoring opportunity came in the 96th minute off a corner kick from the right side of the field.  Defender Greg White's header of the kick rolled just outside the left post wide. Meanwhile, Sutarik turned away Oldham with a save in the 96th minute.

The second overtime opened with Torres ripping a shot from 20 yards out, which Hand stopped in the 102nd minute. A minute later, Richmond's Oldham lifted a shot high over the net in transition.

In the 109th minute, the Spiders netted the gamewinner. Umar took a long pass and pushed the ball up the right side of the field. The midfielder pushed a pass across the box to the far left post for Oldham, who put it in the open net for his fourth goal of the year and the 2-1 win at 108:41.

Liberty outshot Richmond, 25-14, in the contest and held a 10-4 advantage in corner kicks.

Sutarik recorded six saves in the Flames net, while Richmond's Hand had four stops during the contest.

Liberty next hosts the Wofford Terriers in a non-conference match at the Campus East Fields on Saturday.  Match time is scheduled for noon.