Asheville, High Point, Liberty, Coastal & Winthrop Win; RU & LW Tie


UNC Asheville Defeats Gardner-Webb, 3-2
ASHEVILLE, N.C. - Paige Trent's goal late in the first overtime period gave UNC Asheville a dramatic 3-2 Big South Conference victory over Gardner-Webb Thursday afternoon at Greenwood Field.

The Bulldogs (4-13-0, 2-7-0 BSC) trailed 2-1 late in regulation but Kaitlyn Eckert's goal with 28 seconds left in regulation tied the match and sent the game into overtime.

Asheville's overtime victory snapped a five-game losing streak. The Runnin' Bulldogs fell to 3-12-1 on the year and 2-6-1 in league play.

With the match tied at 2-2, the Bulldogs made a run up the field toward the Gardner-Webb goal. Freshman Kristen Phelps flicked a pass to Trent. The freshman forward headed the ball into the far left corner of the net give Asheville the overtime victory at 98:15.

The Bulldogs controlled most of the match as they out-shot the visitors, 30-13. But Gardner-Webb shook off a 1-0 Asheville halftime lead with two quick goals to start the second half and led 2-1 until the final seconds of regulation.

Trailing 2-1, the visitors were called for a foul about 20 yards away from the goal. Eckert calmly struck a perfect ball into the right-side of the net to knot the game at 2-2. It was the sophomore forward's team-leading ninth goal of the season.

The Runnin' Bulldogs had picked up the lead quickly in the second half.  Nichole Poppe took a pass and scored at 50:02 to tie the match at 1-1.

Seven minutes later, GWU's leading scorer Shelby Hooe tallied her team-leading fourth goal of the season off a feed from Megan Loftin at 57:36.

The Bulldogs took the lead early in the match when freshman Bria West scored her second goal of the year at 10:44 to put Asheville in front, 1-0. The home team out-shot the visitors, 11-6 in the opening half.

Eckert led the shot barrage for the Bulldogs with nine shots. Trent added four shots.

GWU goalkeeper Amy Schmitt played well for the Runnin' Bulldogs and finished with nine saves. Heather Muller had eight for Asheville.

UNC Asheville celebrates Senior Day on Saturday when the Bulldogs welcome league foe Winthrop to Greenwood Field in a match that starts at 2:30 p.m. Gardner-Webb travels to Presbyterian College for a 7 p.m. league contest.

Panthers Shutout Lady Bucs, 4-0
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Jacky Kessler found the back of the net twice and added a pair of assists for visiting High Point as the Panthers topped host Charleston Southern, 4-0, on Thursday afternoon at Buccaneer Field in Big South Conference play.

Charleston Southern falls to 6-9-1, 4-5 in conference play on the season with the loss, while High Point improves to 8-4-6, 7-0-2 with the victory.

High Point came out firing in the opening minutes of the first half, recording the first seven shots of the contest before finding the back of the net at the 15:51 mark as Kessler scored her fifth goal of the season off the assist from Taylor Parker. Parker played the ball into the box leading to a one-on-one between Kessler and CSU goalkeeper Caitlin Cody and Kessler's low shot from eight yards out deflected off Cody's gloves into the bottom right corner of the net for the first score in the contest.

The Panthers continued challenging the Charleston Southern defense in the first half, out-shooting the Lady Bucs 17-5 over the first 45 minutes as High Point scored their second goal of the contest at the 28:35 mark.

Kelly Joline crossed the ball into the box where it was touched to the top of the box by Kessler. Danielle Schepler collected the pass and fired a shot that curved inside the left post and into the upper left corner of the net to double the High Point lead with 16 minutes to play in the first half.

Charleston Southern battled back on their next possession as Morgann Wood received a long pass from Toni Lashley and the senior forward fired from 25 yards out. Her attempt deflected off the crossbar and bounced straight down into a mix of players. Lashley put a foot on a shot in front of the net, but High Point keeper Ivy Cocklereece was able to snag the attempt and cover up the ball to keep the match 2-0 in favor of the Panthers.

Wood continued to press with another shot five minutes later from the top of the box that sailed over the crossbar as the teams went into the halftime break with the score remaining 2-0 in favor of the visitors.

High Point added their third goal at the 53:34 mark as Kessler lofted a ball into the box. The serve was tipped by Jenny Butler toward Joline and she was able to finish the score with a header into the net for the 3-0 lead.

Six different Lady Bucs launched shots toward the net in the second half against High Point goalkeeper Jesse May as CSU attempted to battle their way back into the game.

Emma Faubert, Lashley, Rebecca Hollstegge, Wood, Alison Lewis and Ashley Lowdermilk challenged the Panthers defense, but High Point was able to put the clincher in the net at the 73:13 mark as Kessler scored off the corner kick from Schepler, settling the bouncing cross in the box and finding the back of the net through the crowd to give High Point the 4-0 lead.

Charleston Southern continued to press in the closing minutes attempting to break the shutout attempt as Lashley fired a shot at the 82:50 mark that sailed right and Lowdermilk's attempt from the top of the box was collected by May in the final two minutes as High Point closed out the 4-0 victory.

High Point held the edge in 30-14 edge in shots in the game and added six corner kicks in the match. Cody led CSU with 13 saves in the game, while Cocklereece and May combined for eight saves in the shutout.

Charleston Southern welcomes Campbell to Buccaneer Field on Saturday, October 20th, as the Lady Bucs hold Senior Day in their final weekend contest on the season. Seniors Rebecca Hollstegge, Morgann Wood and Melissa Adams will be recognized during the festivities, while kickoff for the game between CSU and the Fighting Camels is set for 11 a.m.

High Point travels to Conway, S.C. to take on Coastal Carolina on Saturday with kickoff set for 12 p.m.

Pair of Goals Gives Liberty 11th Win
LEXINGTON, Va. - The Liberty women's soccer team picked up its second straight win, Thursday afternoon, defeating VMI at Patchin Field, 2-0.

Liberty's pair of goals came from the feet of forwards Rebecca Smith and Helena Pereira. Junior defender Dawn Elmers was also credited with an assist on Pereira's goal. With her fifth marker of the season, Pereira is now tied for the team lead with freshman forward Jaime Bouffard.

Goalkeeper Karen Blocker played the entire contest in the net for the Lady Flames, making three saves and extending her career shutout record to 19. The shutout is also the netminder's eighth of the season.

The win helps Liberty improve to 11-6-1 on the season and 5-3-1 in Big South play. VMI falls to 1-14 on the year and 0-9 in conference action.

Freshman Alex Mack attempted to put Liberty on the board early in the first period, firing a shot on goal in the third minute. VMI goalkeeper Mackenzie Harrmann stuffed the attempt to keep the Lady Flames from gaining the advantage.

Liberty lit up the scoreboard just before the 17th minute. Senior Lauren Stell lofted a ball from behind the midfield line to the right side. Senior Heather Bentley then flicked the long pass forward with her head before Smith settled it. The sophomore dribbled up the field and broke through the goalkeeper challenge before airmailing it into the left corner. Smith's second goal of the year put Liberty ahead, 1-0.

After Harmann thwarted an attempt by freshman Rebekah Page at 18:33, Elmers nearly gave the Lady Flames another goal in the 25th minute. The defender blasted a shot at the VMI net, but the attempt ricocheted off the crossbar.

In the 31st minute, VMI had a look at the Liberty net. Forward Liz Affronti booted a shot from 25 yards out, but Blocker was there to make the grab, allowing Liberty to maintain its 1-0 edge at halftime.

Liberty wasted little time in the second period, posting its second goal in the 50th minute. A through ball from Elmers landed between two defenders and was settled by Pereira. The forward dribbled past the VMI defense and placed a 12-yard shot in the back of the net, giving Liberty the 2-0 lead.

Stell tried to add to Liberty's advantage, taking a shot on goal in the 54th minute. Harmann corralled the attempt, preventing the Lady Flames from extending their lead. Later in the 63rd minute, Mack had a look at the VMI net, but the freshman's shot in front of the goal mouth was blocked by a Keydet defender.

VMI took two shots on goal in the final 10 minutes of the contest, resulting in two Blocker saves. With five seconds remaining, Blocker stopped the final attempt by Affronti, giving way to the 2-0 victory.

Liberty outshot the Keydets in the contest, 15-6, and held a 4-3 advantage in corner kicks. Like Blocker, Harrmann played the full 90 minutes in the net for VMI, finishing with two saves.

VMI heads to Longwood on Saturday for a clash with the Lancers at 6 p.m.    

Liberty returns home on Saturday to host defending Big South champion Radford. The contest will serve as the Lady Flames' Senior Night, as eight Liberty seniors will be honored prior to the matchup. Game time is slated for 7 p.m.

VMI women's soccer will return to action Saturday, traveling to Farmville, Va. to take on Longwood. Game time is set for 6 p.m.

Winthrop Women's Soccer Scores Road Win At Presbyterian
CLINTON, SC - Krystyna Freda's first half game-winning goal got Winthrop off to a fast start as it set the Lady Eagles on their way to a 4-0 win over the Presbyterian Blue Hose, Thursday Evening at Martin Stadium.

The Lady Eagles improve to 8-6-2 on the year and 5-2-2 in conference action, while Presbyterian drops to to 2-14 overall and 2-7 in the Big South Conference.

Freda opened up the scoring in the 13th minute of play with her 11th goal of the season moving her into a tie with Toni Lashley of Charleston Southern for the league lead in goals.  Lia Gorden, Ariel Kunde and Allie VandeWater each scored first half goals to give Winthrop a 4-0 first half lead. 

Grace Radler assisted on the first three Lady Eagle goals, giving her eight assists this season.  With eight assists Radler sets a Winthrop single season record for assists and moves her into a first place tie for the most assist in the Big South Conference.  Additionally, her three assists Thursday evening against Presbyterian ties a school record for the most assists in a single game.

After a high scoring first half, Winthrop played 24 players in the second half as it cruised to a 4-0 victory.  They half was not without nerves however, as Kylene Babauta helped keep the clean sheet in-tact when he head Kelly Kozera's shot off the line in the 69th minute.  Sarah Schippers recorded one of her two saves in the 80th minute when she saved Christy Schofer's shot.

Schippers and Amelia Henderson split time in net for Winthrop combining for five saves.  Henderson finished the game with three totals saves while Schippers stopped two shots.  Freda led all Lady Eagles with four shots, while Tori Lopez led the Blue Hose with four shots.

Winthrop is back in action on Saturday, October 20th when it travels to Asheville for a 2:30 p.m. matchup with the UNC Asheville Bulldogs at the Greenwood Soccer Field.

Presbyterian will next see action on Saturday, October 20th when it hosts Gardner-Webb for a 7:00 p.m. matchup at Martin Stadium.

Coastal Carolina Picks Up 2-0 Win Over Campbell
CONWAY - Freshman Fia Jonsson tallied a goal and an assist and junior Cisca Okoko scored the decisive goal as the Coastal Carolina women's soccer team notched its fourth straight victory with a 2-0 decision over Campbell Thursday night at the CCU Soccer Field.

The Chanticleers have won six of their last seven overall and are on their longest streak of consecutive wins since their Big South regular-season championship season of 2008. The Chants maintained their fourth-place position in the conference at 6-3-0 and are now 9-7-0 overall. Campbell dropped to 9-6-1 overall and 4-5 in the Big South.

Okoko scored for the second straight game and recorded her first career-game winner, finding the back of the net in the 19th minute. Jonsson dished out her team-leading fifth assist on that goal and then scored herself in the 53rd minute for her third tally in the last two contests.

Coastal's defense limited Campbell to just two shots on goal and Megan Spencer made two saves, including a key one early in the game, en route to her fifth solo shutout of the season.

In an evenly-played first half, the Chants were able to take advantage of their best scoring opportunity, while the Fighting Camels were turned away. Five minutes in, Campbell leading scorer Ashley Clark got loose on breakaway up the left side but a diving Spencer was able to get a hand on the shot from the corner of the box and deflect it away.

Coastal then used a counter-attack from its defensive half to set up the first goal. Sophomore Maddie Phillips took a pass from freshman defender Megan Wagner and carried the ball up the right side before sending a pass ahead to Jonsson. Jonsson then one-touched the ball to Okoko at the top of the 18-yard box. Okoko made a move away from her defender and ripped a left-footed shot inside the near post.

Jonsson then made it 2-0 on the Chants' first shot of the second half on an assist by junior Christina Stern. Stern got the ball in the middle and sent a pass to the left side of the box for an open Jonsson, who beat the Campbell goalkeeper with a shot to the far corner.

Despite the two-goal lead, the Chanticleers kept the pressure on, recording five shots in the span of less than three minutes, including attempts on goal by Okoko and senior Ashley Day.

Coastal outshot Campbell 8-4 in the second half, finishing with a 12-8 advantage for the game. The Chants put five attempts on goal and held a 3-2 edge in corner kicks. Clark, who came into the game with a conference-best 84 shots, was limited to just three.

The Chanticleers will host first-place High Point for their final regular-season home game on Saturday, Oct. 20. Kickoff is set for noon, following Senior Day festivities at the CCU Soccer Field.

Coastal Carolina's next match is slated for Saturday, Oct. 20 as it hosts High Point at 12:00pm.

Radford and Longwood Play to Scoreless Draw
RADFORD, Va. - Junior Che' Brown made three big second half saves as Radford and Longwood played to a scoreless draw in a Big South women's soccer clash, Thursday evening from Cupp Memorial Stadium. It was the first draw in nine meetings between these two squads.
Brown finished with six saves for her eighth shutout of the season as the Highlanders (10-2-3, 6-0-3 Big South) extended their undefeated streak to 12 matches. Her counterpart, Kyra Byron made five saves, all after halftime to earn the clean sheet for the Lancers (11-5-1, 6-2-1).
Radford entered the evening tied for first with High Point. The draw, coupled with the Panthers' (23 points) win at Charleston Southern, moved the Highlanders (21 points) into second place, two points behind HPU. Longwood (19 points) remained in third, two points behind the Highlanders.
The first half saw 10 shots, seven by Longwood, and no dangerous scoring opportunities by either squad.
In the second half, Brown came up big early on and late to keep the Lancers off the board. She stopped Kelsey Pardue point blank from eight yards out and saved Pardue's rebound attempt. Brown came up big again with just under 10 minutes to play in regulation when she pushed a high hard shot by Olivia Colella over the bar.
Radford's best opportunity during regulation came in the 74th minute when junior Sahar Aflaki got behind the defense, but whizzed her shot over the crossbar.
In the second overtime, junior Sydney Golden nearly caught Byron off guard with an attempt just inside the midfield stripe. However, the one-bounce rocket was tipped over the woodwork by Byron. Byron also made two more saves to keep Radford off the board.
The Lancers outshot the Highlanders, 27-19 and held and 10-6 advantage in corner kicks. Pardue paced Longwood with a game-high five shots, while senior Mary Wiley charted four shots for Radford.
Radford heads to Liberty on Saturday for a 7:00 p.m. matchup with the Lady Flames. The Lancers return home and host VMI on Saturday at 6:00 p.m.