Big South Suffers Setbacks on Thursday

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Winthrop Drops In-State Battle 2-1 At Wofford
SPARTANBURG, SC - The Winthrop women's soccer team dropped a 2-1 decision at Wofford on Thursday evening at Snyder Field.

Following the loss, the Lady Eagles fall to 1-3 on the season, while the Wofford Terriers improve their record to 4-1 overall

The Terriers got off to a fast start with a 5th minute goal from Emily Bougas. Bougas scored her second goal of the season after receiving a through ball from Amanda Morris.  Bougas' shot was fired low and to the left of goalkeeper Ameila Henderson.

Winthrop had an opportunity to draw even in the 23rd minute when Grace Radler's shot from the edge of the six-yard box was saved by Wofford goalkeeper Kara Boggs.  The Lady Eagles drew even in the 36th minute when Imani Ervins was fouled inside the box setting up a penalty kick.  Kylene Babauta stepped to the spot and converted the opportunity putting her shot past a diving Boggs.

In an evenly matched first half, both teams took six shots.  Winthrop led 4-2 in shots on goal. In the net for the Lady Eagles, Henderson registered one save while her counterpart Boggs totaled three saves.

Early in the second half the Lady Eagles had an opportunity to take the lead following a long distance shot from Taylor Coleman. Coleman's shot struck the crossbar.  The rebound fell to the feet of Taylor Walton at the penalty spot.  However, Walton's follow up attempt went high over Boggs' goal. The Terriers would take the lead in the 58th minute on the back of a long distance shot from Annika Jansson. Jansson picked up the pass from Maureen Buff and fired from 23 yards out past a diving Ameila Henderson.  The goal was Jansson's second of the season. 

Winthrop had a couple more opportunities to draw even on the night. In the 76th minute, Devin Puckett found herself open at the top of the 18 yard-box, however, her shot was saved by Boggs.  Krystyna Freda also had an opportunity when her shot from 21 yards out got past a diving Boggs but hit off the post and was cleared away before an oncoming Puckett could get a rebound opportunity.

The Lady Eagles were outshot 16-12 on the night.  Puckett, Freda and Jessica Logan led Winthrop with two shots on the evening.  Wofford's two goals scorers, Jansson and Bougas led the way for the Terriers with four shots each.  Henderson finished the game with three saves for the Lady Eagles, while Boggs finished the game with a total of four saves.

Winthrop will wrap up its four game road swing on Sunday, September 9 when they travel to Johnson City, TN to take on the East Tennessee State Buccaneers out of the Atlantic Sun Conference.

High Point Drops a 2-1 Road Decision to East Carolina
The High Point University women's soccer team fell on the road to East Carolina by a score of 2-1 on Thursday night in Greenville, N.C. Freshman Amy Burch scored the lone goal of the game for the Panthers.
 
East Carolina took an early 1-0 lead in the 16th minute on an own goal and then doubled its lead in the 53rd minute with a goal from Lexi Miller. Miller received a back pass from Kelly Miller and hit a hard shot from 20-yards out that hit off HPU keeper Jesse May's hands into the net.
 
The Panthers got a goal back in the 67th minute when Burch scored her first collegiate goal off a rebound from a shot by Becca Lisson. Lisson beat her defender and put a header on frame forcing a diving stop from the ECU keeper. The ball fell right to the feet of Burch at the left post and the defender tapped it home to make the score 2-1.
 
High Point pressed forward looking for the tying goal late with senior Katie Harris and junior Kelli Joline each forcing saves by the ECU keeper.
 
High Point returns to action on Sunday, Sept. 9, when the team will head to nearby Greensboro, N.C., to face inter-triad rival UNC Greensboro at 2 p.m. The game is one of seven matchups between the two schools across seven sports that together form the HPU/UNCG Challenge. The Panthers are 0-2-0 all-time against UNC Greensboro.

UNC Asheville Falls at Furman, 6-0
GREENVILLE, S.C. - Southern Conference power Furman scored six goals in the first half en route to a 6-0 victory over UNC Asheville in women's soccer action Thursday night at Stone Soccer Stadium.
 
The Bulldogs (1-5-0) played the 9th-ranked Paladins in the South Region even in the second half as they did not allow a goal.

Paladin goalkeeper Rose Hull was tested several times late in the first half, including a diving save and a stop on a point-blank shot from Asheville's Amanda Dailor at the top of the six-yard box.
 
Jamie Alexander led Furman with two goals as Furman improved to 5-1-0 on the season. The Paladins scored in the 8th minute to take a 1-0 lead and tallied five more times over the next 30 minutes.

The home team had a 25-10 edge in shots over the Bulldogs. Asheville goalkeeper Heather Muller had seven saves in the match.
 
The Bulldogs are back in action this Sunday when they host Wofford at Greenwood Field starting at Noon. The match will be video-streamed and can be seen at www.BigSouthSports.com.  

Jacksonville Edges Blue Hose, 3-1
CLINTON, S.C. - A wet and wild second half saw the Presbyterian College women's soccer team tie visiting Jacksonville but ultimately fall to the visiting Dolphins on Thursday night, 3-1.

PC (0-6-0) received a penalty goal from Alice Blackwell (Marietta, S.C.) in the 65th minute, the senior's first goal of the season. The converted kick tied the game at 1-1.

With 12:37 left in the first half, lightning halted the action for two hours and three minutes before play resumed.

After Blackwell's tying score, the Dolphins scored on goals from Emily Culbreth and Miranda Fyfe in the 68th and 71st minutes, respectively, to take the win.

Goalkeeper Jordan Broadway (Chapin, S.C.) made nine saves in the opening half before Sydney Fontenot (Austin, Texas) replaced her at halftime. The freshman keeper made three saves on the night.

Stephanie Allen (Augusta, Ga.) nearly scored shortly after halftime. Emily Boggus (Conyers, Ga.) laced a pass to Allen, whose point-blank shot in the box hit goalkeeper Jill D'Amico. The ball bounced high and Allen headed the chance just over the crossbar.

The Blue Hose edged Jacksonville in the corner kick count, eight to five. Tori Lopez (Snellville, Ga.) also forced D'Amico to make a save on the evening.

Jacksonville's Sarah Moghadas opened the scoring in the 57th minute on an assist from Becca Massip, one of her two on the evening.

PC's next match sees the Blue Hose travel to USC Upstate on Sunday, September 16. Kickoff is slated for 3 p.m.