Big South Announces Women Soccer Championship Seeds

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. - High Point won its first Big South Women's Soccer Regular Season Championship since 2010 as it captured the 2012 Big South Women's Soccer Regular-Season Title.  With the win, the Panther have earned the No. 1 seed in the Big South Women's Soccer Championship, presented by Musco Lighting, it was determined today as the Conference season concluded this evening.  High Point finished the season with an 8-1-2 League mark for 26 points.

Radford and Longwood each finished the season with 25 points, with the Highlanders holding the tie breaker to earn the No. 2 position.  RU finished the Big South season with a 7-0-4 mark.  The No. 3 seeded Lancers turned in a Conference record of 8-2-1.  In the No. 4 slot was Winthrop with a 7-2-2 record in the League for 23 points.  Coastal Carolina found itself at No. 5 with a record of 7-4-0 and 21 points, as Liberty's 5-4-2 record and 17 points was good for the sixth seed.  Campbell and Charleston Southern turned in identical Big South records of 5-6-0 for 15 points.  Campbell picked up the win over CSU in the regular season to break the tie and earn the No. 7 seed, leaving Charleston Southern the eighth position.

The 2012 Big South Women's Soccer Championship quarterfinals will be played at campus sites on Saturday, Oct. 27 before moving to Rock Hill, S.C. for the semifinals and finals Nov. 2-4.   The quarterfinals and semifinals will air on the Big South Network, with the finals airing on ESPN3.  The Big South's Tournament champion receives an automatic bid to the NCAA Women's Soccer Tournament.  The Conference Championship schedule is as follows:

Saturday, Oct. 27 (Campus Sites)
Game 1: #5 Coastal Carolina at #4 Winthrop, 6:00pm
Game 2: #8 Charleston Southern at #1 High Point, 7:00pm
Game 3: #7 Campbell at #2 Radford, 7:00pm
Game 4: #6 Liberty at #3 Longwood, 6:00pm

Friday, Nov. 2
Game 5: winner game 1 vs. winner game 2, 4:30pm
Game 6: winner game 3 vs. winner game 4, 7:00pm

Sunday, Nov. 4
Game 7: winner game 5 vs. winner game 6, 2:00pm

HPU Clinches Big South Title with 2-0 win at Campbell
The High Point University women's soccer team clinched its second Big South Regular Season Championship in three seasons with a 2-0 win over Campbell on Tuesday night in Buies Creek, N.C. The Panthers scored twice in the span of 72 seconds in the second half to clinch the title.
 
Junior Becca Hemby broke the game open in the 66th minute when she scored with a header off a corner kick to put HPU ahead, 1-0. Senior Danielle Schepler took the kick and hit an inswinger into the six-yard box. Hemby jumped above the defender marking her and redirected the ball back towards the near post for her team-high ninth goal of the season.
 
Just 72 seconds later the Panthers doubled their lead on a goal by senior Janay Whittaker. Sophomore Jacky Kessler slipped ball between two defenders to Whittaker at the top of the penalty area. Whittaker centered herself with a touch before firing a line drive into the net from 18-yards out. The score was her third of the season.
 
High Point continued to control possession late in the game holding the Camels at bay and not allowing the home squad to get itself back into the game.
 
High Point took 10 shots in the game including five on frame. Junior goalkeeper Jesse May made seven saves in the contest to pick up the shutout, High Point's sixth in Big South play.

Campbell's two best scoring opportunities came in the 55th and 63rdminutes.  Senior defender Jeannie Borda cleared a ball off a Panther attack up to sophomore forward Ashley Clark. Clark had a breakaway in the box, but her shot was stopped by High Point keeper Jesse May.

The second opportunity came off a Campbell free kick. Redshirt freshman Ashley Hartert took a shot off the free kick, forcing May to make a diving save, forcing a corner kick.

With the win, High Point finished conference play in sole possession of first place with an 8-1-2 record in Big South action. The regular-season title in HPU's second in three seasons. The Panthers were part of a five-way tie for first in 2010. The eight conference wins also mark a new program high.
 
High Point finishes the regular seasons with a 9-5-6 overall record. Campbell drops to 10-7-1 overall and will be the No. 7 seed in the Big South Tournament after finishing with a 5-6-0 record.
 
Lady Bucs Clinch Tournament Berth with 2-1 victory Over Coastal
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Chloe Urig and Chelsea Frankeny scored second half goals as the Charleston Southern women's soccer team clinched a berth into the 2012 Big South Women's Soccer Tournament with their 2-1 victory over Coastal Carolina on Tuesday afternoon at Buccaneer Field.

Charleston Southern (7-10-1, 5-6 BSC) came into the game needing either a win or a tie against the Chanticleers (10-8, 7-4 BSC) as the Lady Bucs took advantage of Urig's first career collegiate goal and Frankeny added an insurance score at the 65:27 mark on a shot that clanged off the left post and into the net as the Lady Bucs advance into the postseason for the 20th consecutive season with the win.

Urig scored her first collegiate goal 90 seconds into the second half off a corner kick as Emma Faubert lofted the ball into the box. The ball bounced around several times before the junior midfielder tapped it with her left foot through a hole in the defense in the left corner of the net at the 46:30 mark to give CSU the 1-0 lead.

Frankeny doubled the lead 20 minutes later with her fourth goal of the season as the freshman forward collected the long pass down the sideline from Rebecca Hollstegge and advanced it into the upper right corner of the box. Her shot from 18 yards out sailed over the hands of Coastal Carolina goalkeeper Megan Spencer and deflected off the left post into the back of the net at the 65:27 mark to give the Lady Bucs the 2-0 lead.

Coastal Carolina battled back in the set at the 84:16 mark as Fia Jonsson received the long pass from Kacey Kelley up the middle of the Charleston Southern defense. Jonsson's shot was touched past a diving Caitlin Cody and into the lower right corner of the net to cut the deficit in half, but it was not enough as CSU held on for the 2-1 conference victory.

The teams played a scoreless first half as Coastal Carolina dominated possession in the opening period, recording 14 shots to Charleston Southern's six attempts, but neither team was able to put the ball in the back of the net to take the early lead.

CSU opened the scoring attempts in the first two minutes as Hollstegge and Allison Lewis had shots that were blocked inside the box, while Ashley Day nearly put the guests in the lead at the 6:07 mark as her shot from 25 yards out clanged off the crossbar and out of play to keep the game scoreless.

The goalkeepers for each side kept the game knotted up throughout the remainder of the first half as Spencer recorded four saves, while Cody had three for the host Lady Bucs leading into the second half.

Coastal Carolina outshot Charleston Southern 27-16 in the game and the Chanticleers held the 9-8 advantage on shots on goal and corner kicks at 9-2. Caitlin Cody recorded the win for the Lady Bucs with eight saves, while Spencer had six for Coastal Carolina in the loss.

Penalty Kick Moves Longwood Past Liberty
LYNCHBURG, Va. - Looking to remain unbeaten on the East Campus Fields, Tuesday afternoon, the Liberty women's soccer team hosted Longwood in both squads' regular-season finale. Unfortunately for the Lady Flames, a penalty kick in the 18th minute proved costly, as the Lancers took the contest, 1-0.

Longwood leading scorer Kelsey Pardue posted the lone goal for the Lancers, marking her seventh tally of the season.

With the defeat, Liberty closes out the regular season at 11-7-2 overall and 5-4-2 in the Big South. The Lady Flames finish the year 6-3-2 at home, holding a 5-1-2 mark at the East Campus Fields. Longwood ends its regular season with a 13-5-1 record on the year and an 8-2-1 posting in its first season of Big South Conference play.

Liberty began the contest on the attack. Midfielder Brittany Aanderud took the first shot for the Lady Flames in the fifth minute, but the attempt sailed wide.

Later in the 16th minute, Longwood forward Lindsey Ottavio fired the ball at the Liberty goal, resulting in a Karen Blocker save.

After a foul in the box in the 18th minute, Pardue lined up for a penalty kick, placing it past Blocker to put the visitors on the board, 1-0.

Freshman forward Jaime Bouffard tried to even things up in the 23rd minute. The Oswego, N.Y., native booted a ball from the left side, but goalkeeper Kyra Byron snagged it in front of the goal mouth to keep Liberty scoreless.

Liberty's best chance at an equalizer came in the 43rd minute. Forward Kelly Henion popped up a shot from less than 10 yards out. The attempt ricocheted off the crossbar, allowing the Lancers to maintain their 1-0 lead at halftime.

In the second period, Aanderud took a shot on the Longwood goal in the 48th minute. Once again, Byron was there to make the save.

The Lancers tried to up the ante in the 57th minute with a shot on goal by Olivia Colella. Blocker cleaned up the attempt, preventing Longwood from extending its advantage.

Liberty's final attempt on goal came in the 74th minute. Sophomore Geena Swentik sent a header toward the Lancers' net, but Byron corralled the shot, ultimately setting up the 1-0 final.

Liberty outshot the Lancers, 12-8, and held a 9-3 advantage in corner kicks. Blocker, who entered the matchup No. 2 in the country in goalkeeper minutes, played the entire contest, making five saves. Byron also played the full 90 minutes in the net for Longwood, finishing with four saves.

Both teams now await their quarterfinals contests in the 2012 Big South Championship, this weekend. Official seedings and first round matchups will be announced later tonight.

Highlanders Defeat VMI on Senior Night, 6-0
RADFORD, Va. - Radford received goals from five different players as it defeated VMI 6-0 on senior night, Tuesday evening at Cupp Stadium. With the victory, the Highlanders (11-2-4, 7-0-4) extended their undefeated streak to a new school record 14 matches and finished tied for second in the regular season standings with 25 points.
 
Sophomore Kara Nay (Montclair, Va./Forest Park) netted two goals to move her season total to six, matching two other teammates for team-best honors. Senior Krissia Vasquez (Bowie, Md./St. John's College High), junior Sahar Aflaki (Gainesville, Va./Battlefield), sophomore Annabel Bergin (Vienna, Va./James Madison) and freshman Asyia Mitchell (Cary, N.C./Panther Creek) also scored for the Highlanders.
 
Junior Che' Brown (Manassas Park, Va./Manassas Park) made four saves to post her 10th shutout as the Highlanders recorded their 11th clean sheet of the season. Both marks are the second highest shutout totals in a single season. Radford has allowed just one goal over its last seven matches (690+ minutes).
 
Radford applied significant offensive pressure in the first half and took a 2-0 lead into the break. It could have been more, but VMI keeper Mackenzie Harrmann held her ground, making seven of her 11 saves in the first 45 minutes for the Keydets (1-16, 0-11).
 
Aflaki put Radford on the board in the 23rd minute. Following an long accurate punt by Brown, senior Mary Wiley (Radford, Va./Radford) flicked the ball to an on-rushing Alfaki, who finished from 10 yards for her third score of the season.
 
Mitchell made it 2-0, poking home her own rebound after being fed from the wing by sophomore Caitlin Annear (Greensboro, N.C./Grimsley).
 
After the break, Nay doubled Radford's lead to 4-0 with a pair of strikes 1:43 apart in the 49th and 51st minute. The first tally was set up by a long through ball from junior Rachel Conway (Kitchener, Ontario, Canada/Forest Heights Collegiate).
 
Bergin and Vasquez, closed out the scoring for the Highlanders'. It was Bergin's first and Vasquez's second of the season, respectively. Freshman Shannon Nasca (Reston, Va./Bishop O'Connell) and sophomore Cate Weaver (McLean, Va./Bishop O'Connell) set up the scores by Bergin and Vasquez, respectively.

Radford generated a season-high in shots as it held a 36-9 advantage over VMI. Wiley and Mitchell paced the Highlanders with eight and seven shots, respectively. Liz Affronti charted a team-best three shots for the Keydets.
 
Prior to the match, the women's soccer program and Radford Athletics honored the 2012 senior class of Megan Rhodes (Blacksburg, Va./Blacksburg), Vasquez and Wiley.

Winthrop Women's Soccer Clinches Fourth Seed With A 5-0 Win Over Gardner-Webb
ROCK HILL, SC - Krystyna Freda and Grace Radler combined on a couple of goals as Winthrop clinched the fourth seed in the Big South Conference tournament, Tuesday night at Eagle Field with a 5-0 win against Gardner-Webb.

The Lady Eagles improve to 10-6-2 overall and 7-2-2 in Big South Conference play.  The Runnin' Bulldogs wrapped up their season with a 3-14-2 record and a 2-8-1 mark in conference action.

Winthrop got a pair of goals Tuesday evening from Krystyna Freda who now has 13 goals this season giving her sole possession of first place for the league lead in goals.  Freda opened up the goal scoring in the 7th minute of play converting her shot from 10 yards out low and to the left of goal.  Her second goal of the evening came just two minutes into the second half when she ran onto a through ball from Grace Radler.  Her shot from around the penalty spot beat the diving goalkeeper to the right side.  Freda added an assist to her tally for the night when she assisted on Ariel Kunde's 36th minute goal. 

With five points against Gardner-Webb, Freda's point total for the season now stands at 31 which ranks first in the Big South Conference.  Additionally, her 66 career points make her the all-time leader in points at Winthrop, surpassing Chelsea White's (2005-08) 63 career points.

Grace Radler had a pair of assists and added a goal to her season totals.  Radler dished out her first assist of the night on Lia Gorden's goal in the 15th minute of play.  Radler capped off the goal scoring effort for the Lady Eagles in the 59th minute when she converted a one-time shot from Freda's pass.  Radler now has 11 assists on the season which ranks first in the conference.

Freda led all players with seven shots, while the Runnin' Bulldogs were led by Ele Margelos with four shots from her defensive position.  Amelia Henderson split duties in net with Sarah Schippers and finished with four saves.  Schippers was not forced to make any saves in the second half as the Winthrop defense only allowed two shots and none on net.  Gardner-Webb goalkeeper Amy Schmitt finished the evening with five saves.

The Lady Eagles will return to action at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 27th when they host Coastal Carolina in the first round of the Big South Conference tournament at Eagle Field.

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