Campbell Shuts Out #17 NCSU; HPU Defeats Jacksonville
Campbell Shuts Out 17th-ranked NC State, 2-0
RALEIGH -- Bryce Miller and Ricki Gaez scored second-half goals and Ethan Hall made 7 saves in the nets to lead Campbell to a 2-0 win Tuesday night over 17th-ranked NC State at Dail Soccer Field.
The Camels (4-1-1) dealt State (6-2) its second-straight loss of the season and defeated the Wolfpack for the second-consecutive year.
Campbell improved to 2-1-1 against Atlantic Coast Conference members and 1-5-2 against nationally-ranked foes (1-0-1 in 2012) under third-year head coach Steve Armas.
Senior Mitchell Cardenas set up both Camel goals and Hall saved a 63rd minute penalty kick for the Camels, who downed State 1-0 in overtime last year at Buies Creek.
After a scoreless first half in which the Camels held a slim 4-3 edge in shots, Campbell nearly went in front at the 61:34 mark when Miller's header off a Cardenas corner kick bounded off the cross bar.
Less than a minute later, however, Campbell's Justin Franz was whistled for a foul on State's Alex Martinez in the area.
Hall dove to his right on the ensuing penalty kick to deny Martinez, who entered the game tied for the national goal-scoring lead with 7 strikes in his first 7 matches.
It marked the second time that the junior keeper from Raleigh's Athens Drive High School has saved a penalty against a nationally-ranked opponent. Hall made a similar stop in last season's 0-0 draw vs. Furman.
After 75 minutes of play, Cardenas fed Miller in the area and the sophomore from Roanoke, Va., poked the ball past State keeper Fabian Otte to put the Camels in front.
Just 6:26 later, the Camels doubled their advantage when Cardenas found Gaez on a counter attack and the sophomore from Panama City, Panama netted his team-leading fourth goal of the year.
Cardenas, who has at least one point in five of Campbell's six outings in 2012, ran his team-leading assists tally to 5 on the year. In doing so, the senior from Mexico City moved into a tie with Peter Barany (26 goals, 5 assists, 57 points from 1997-2000) for 22nd place on Campbell's all-time scoring list. Cardenas has 16 goals and 25 assists in his career.
Hall made six of his seven saves in the second period, including a 78th minute stop on Conor Agnew's header that he parried for a corner kick.
Campbell finished the night with an 11-10 edge in shots. Otte had six saves for the Wolfpack.
The Camels open Big South Conference play Saturday in a 6:00 p.m. kick-off at Radford.
High Point Men's Soccer Picks Up 3-0 Win Over Jacksonville
The High Point University men's soccer team remained undefeated on the season with a 3-0 win over Jacksonville University on a rainy Tuesday evening in Vert Stadium. HPU received goals from Ryan Bennett, Mamadee Nyepon and Fejiro Okiomah in the game.
The Panthers scored once in the first half and twice in the second to pick up their seventh win of the season. High Point is now 7-0-0 and is undefeated in 12-straight games stretching back to last season. HPU is one of just seven teams in the nation still with a perfect record in 2012. Jacksonville fell to 0-6-1 with the loss.
High Point controlled possession early in the game and forced several strong saves by Dolphin keeper Gavin Carlin. The Panthers got on the board in the 14th minute on When Bennett found the back of the net for his first score of the season. HPU took a short corner and played it in to junior Adam Sewell at the edge of the eight-yard box. Sewell flicked the ball up to freshman Erien Campbell who headed it on to the far post where Bennett was unmarked for an easy header finish.
Despite a 15-3 edge in shots in the first half, the HPU lead remained just 1-0 until the 53rd minute when Mamadee Nyepon scored his seventh goal of the season after an impressive individual run. Nyepon received the ball in the midfield and shouldered off two defenders as he made his way into the box. The sophomore then shrugged off a tackle attempt in the box before ripping a shot past the keeper from eight-yards away.
The Panthers got a third goal in the 69th minute when central defender Fejiro Okiomah was rewarded for a strong run with his first goal of the season to make the score 3-0. Okiomah carried the ball from the defensive third through the midfield before sliding a pass to senior Shawn Sloan. Okiomah then continued his run into the box where Sloan lofted a pass to him over the backline. Okiomah shrugged off a defender before slotting a high shot past Carlin.
The High Point defense stifled Jacksonville all night, allowing just three shots total and none in the second half. Redshirt-freshman Kody Palmer made two saves in the game on the way to his fourth clean sheet of the season.
HPU's 30 shots on the night fell two shy of the Panthers' Div. I single-game record on 32 set back in 2010. Nyepon led the team on the night with a career-high 10 shots in the contest.
High Point will continue its current six-game home stand on Saturday, Sept. 22, when the team will re-enter Big South play with a game against UNC Asheville at 7 p.m. The Panthers are 14-6-2 all-time against Asheville. The two sides tied 1-1 last season in Asheville, N.C. This season, the Bulldogs are just 1-6-0 overall and 0-1-0 in the Big South.
Longwood Falls to Richmond, 2-1
RICHMOND, Va. -- The Longwood University men's soccer team fell, 2-1, to the University of Richmond (2-5) on Tuesday evening in Richmond, Va. Senior Evan Jones| Midlothian (Midlothian) scored his first goal of the season to lead the Lancers (2-6). Longwood returns to action on Saturday, September 22, when it hosts Big South Conference opponent Gardner-Webb University at 7 p.m.
In the seventh minute of play, Richmond jumped out to an early lead, as Parker Patterson fed a pass to the right side of the field for Houston Oldham, who fired a shot towards the upper left corner of the net to give the Spiders a 1-0 lead.
The Lancers offense controlled possession of the ball for much of the half, outshooting Richmond, 10-6, in the first 45 minutes, but could not move the net before Richmond scored its second goal of the night and the eventual game-winner in the 37th minute. Mitch Reavis sent a cross to Houston, who was set up in front of the net for the header on goal.
The Lancers would not go quietly and were able to get on the board less than 40 seconds later, as Jones crashed the ball before it could be fully cleared by the Richmond defense and sent a hard shot to the back post from about six yards out, making it a 2-1 game headed into the break.
Coming out of halftime, the teams battled through 45 minutes of scoreless action. Neither squad was able to convert on an opportunity in the second half, allowing Richmond to hold on to take the slim, 2-1 margin of victory.
Junior Brian Henry| Stafford (Colonial Forge) led the Lancers with five shots in the outing, while sophomore Anthony Ugorji|Washington, D.C. (Archbishop Carroll) added three shots of his own. Seniors Devin Pierce|Virginia Beach (Ocean Lakes) and Adel Sarras|Burke (Annandale), along with junior Jared Windt|Haymarket (Battlefield) tallied two shots apiece, while Jones and Rhys Cairns|Washington, England (St. Roberts of Newminster RC School) notched one each on the night. Oldham had a team-high five shots for the Spiders.
Freshmen Carl Carpenter|Charlottesville (St. Anne's Belfield) and Seth Erdman|Hummelstown, Pa. (Lower Dauphin) split time in the net for the Lancers. Carpenter, who started the game, made three saves in 48+ minutes of action, while Erdman came off the bench to make two saves in the last 41+ minutes of the game.
Longwood outshot Richmond, 18-11, in the outing, and had three corner kick opportunities compared to two for the Spiders. Tuesday's contest marked the 13th meeting between the Lancers and the Spiders in the sports of men's soccer. Longwood holds a 6-5-2 advantage in the all-time series.