Charleston Southern, Coastal and Radford Strike Wins
CSU Overcomes Weather in 1-0 Victory over Northern Iowa
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Allison Lewis scored her first goal of the season, placing the ball into the net in the first five minutes of the game and the Buccaneers held off both the lightning and visiting Northern Iowa in their second victory of the season as CSU topped the Panthers on Friday afternoon at the CSU Soccer Field, 1-0.
Lewis accepted a pass in the box from Katelyn Faucette at the 3:14mark on the clock and slipped a shot into the net past a diving Erin Zaideman as the Buccaneers (2-2) went up early against the Panthers (3-5). Caitlin Cody played all 90 minutes in the net for CSU in the match, facing 18 shots and recording seven saves in her first shutout of the 2012 season.
Northern Iowa recorded the first shot attempt of the game as Kiki McClellan's attempt sailed wide right inside the first two minutes of the game. The Buccaneers struck back with their first attempt as Lewis placed the ball past Zaideman and into the bottom left corner of the net following the touch from Faucette to put CSU up 1-0.
Shortly after the goal, the teams were forced to vacate the field for 80 minutes due to lightning strikes in the area. When play resumed, the Panthers came out strong, launching 11 shots in the first half as the CSU keeper, but Cody proved up to the task, recording four saves to keep the score at 1-0 in favor of the Buccaneers at the break.
The Panthers continued to put the pressure on the Charleston Southern defense in the second half as Caitlyn Fuller attempted an early shot in the second half that Cody was able to collect. A pair of headers by Maddie Welch and Fuller, and a shot attempt by Sarah McHugh were also turned away in the first 15 minutes of the second period as Cody and the CSU defense fought back against the UNI pressure.
Charleston Southern nearly doubled their lead as Faucette collected a long pass in front of the UNI box to put her in a one-on-one situation with the UNI keeper, but Zaideman charged forward and was able to deflect Faucette's shot attempt toward the right sideline to keep the Panthers within reach.
Faucette had another attempt at the 75:53 mark, as the sophomore midfielder launched a header toward the net off the corner kick by Emma Faubert, but the ball sailed over the crossbar to keep the score at 1-0.
Northern Iowa and Charleston Southern traded scoring attempts to close out the match, but Charlotte Jones and Kelsey Dolder's attempts for UNI were blocked, while Zaideman made a save on Ashley Lowdermilk's shot from 25 yards out as the game finished with the 1-0 Buccaneers victory.
Charleston Southern returns to the road this weekend as they travel to Florence, S.C. to take on in-state foe Francis Marion University on Sunday, August 9th. Kickoff between the Buccaneers and the Patriots on the FMU Soccer Field is set for 4 p.m.
Coastal Carolina Downs The Citadel, 3-0
CHARLESTON - For the third time this season, the Coastal Carolina women's soccer team posted a 3-0 shutout victory, the latest coming over The Citadel Friday afternoon at Washington Light Infantry Field in Charleston.
Sophomore forward Kacey Kelley scored two goals and sophomore midfielder Rylie Johnson added one as the Chanticleers improved to 3-3-0, already surpassing their 2011 season win total.
Senior Ashley Day, freshman Camille Christie and freshman Darbie Kelley each dished out one assist and junior goalkeeper Megan Spencer recorded her third shutout of the year as the Chants beat The Ctadel (0-4) for the seventh time in eight meetings.
Kelley, who returned to the lineup after missing the previous two games, got the Chants on the board in the 50th minute. Attacking with the ball on the right wing, Day sent a centering pass to Kelley just inside the box. All alone against the Citadel goalkeeper, Kelley calmly booted a high shot into the left side of the net.
The duo nearly combined again later when Kelley made a strong run, taking the ball just beyond midfield up the left side all the way to the end line before crossing it to Day for a shot that went high.
Just two minutes after that, Kelley made it 2-0 at the 70th-minute mark. A long shot by Christie forced a save and set up a corner kick. Christie then sent the corner to the close side of the box and Kelley headed it inside the near post for her third tally of the year.
The Chants capitalized on a corner kick again for their final goal in the 88th minute. Darbie Kelley put a high ball to the far corner of the penalty area where Johnson was there to head it in the near side and notch her second goal of the season.
Johnson's goal came on the last of Coastal's season-high 19 shots, 11 of them coming in the second half.
The Chanticleers also started the game strong, controlling possession for most of the first 20 minutes and recording six of the game's first seven shots. Their first good scoring chance came less than two minutes in when a header by Johnson off a pass by freshman midfielder Fia Jonsson went wide.
In the ninth minute, Christie hit the top of the crossbar with a free kick from 35 yards, a ball similar to the one she scored on in the previous game against against Wofford. Kelley also skimmed the crossbar later in the half with a left-footed shot from 20 yards after making a run up the left side and getting away from a defender.
The Citadel recorded several shots in the last 15 minutes of the half, but the Chants still held an 8-7 edge at halftime, which came after nearly an hour and half delay because of lightning with under five minutes on the clock.
Spencer made one save in the game as the Bulldogs took 15 shots, but put just one on goal.
The Chants play their final nonconference game of the season on Thursday when they host UNC Wilmington for a 6 p.m. game.
Highlanders Roll Past Southern Virginia, 9-0
RADFORD, Va. - Eight different players scored a goal and four more added assists as Radford Women's Soccer rolled past Southern Virginia, 9-0, on Friday evening from Cupp Memorial Stadium.
Julie Ruh'e (Monrovia, Md./Urbana) registered two goals and an assist to pace a Highlander (4-2) offensive attack that generated 23 shots and eight corner kicks.
Seniors Megan Rhodes (Blacksburg, Va./Blacksburg), Mary Wiley (Radford, Va./Radford) and Krissia Vasquez (Bowie, Md./St. John's College High), along with sophomore Melissa Vogel (Bowie, Md./Bowie), sophomore Caitlin Kick (Leesburg, Va./Heritage) and freshman Kim Harkins (Virginia Beach, Va./Cox) scored their first goals of the season, while sophomore Kara Nay (Montclair, Va./Forest Park) tallied her second of the year.
Wiley got things going for the Highlanders 4:07 into the match, finishing into a wide-open net during a 2v1 with Ruh'e. 11 minutes later, Ruh'e tickled the twine twice in a span of 22 seconds, to push Radford's lead to 3-0 in the 16th minute. Classmate Rachel Conway (Kitchener, Ontario, Canada/Forest Heights Collegiate) dished out helpers on both scores.
Radford tacked on three more in the first half on scores from Nay (22'), Rhodes (26') and Vasquez (36'). Freshman Asyia Mitchell (Cary, N.C./Panther Creek) and sophomore Annabel Bergin (Vienna, Va./James Madison) each registered their first collegiate assists on the latter two strikes.
In the second half, Harkins (57'), Vogel (68') and Kick (90') found the back of the net for the first time in their young collegiate careers. Sophomore Cate Weaver (McLean, Va./Bishop O'Connell) and Vasquez assisted on the goals. It was Weaver's first collegiate helper and point.
Juniors Lexy Eckerle (Crozet, Va./Western Albemarle) and Lauren Markey (Roanoke, Va./Cave Spring) and freshman Sarah Davidow (Fairfax Station, Va./Lake Braddock) each saw time in goal for the Highlanders. Markey stopped the lone Southern Virginia shot on goal.
Makenzie Lundquist and Autumn Bronson split time in the net for the Knights (0-3), making three and two saves, respectively.
Radford will enjoy a 12-day hiatus before returning to action on Sept. 20 at 7 p.m. when it hosts High Point in the Big South opener for both squads.
Pitt Edges Liberty, 1-0
LYNCHBURG, Va. - Looking to extend its winning streak to four games, the Liberty women's soccer team hosted BIG EAST member Pittsburgh, Friday night, at Osborne Stadium. Unfortunately for the Lady Flames, their first-ever meeting with the Panthers did not go as planned. A wide angled shot by Pitt's Rileigh McHugh made its way into the back of the net in the opening period, leading to a 1-0 Panthers' victory.
With the defeat, Liberty falls to 4-3 on the year, while Pitt improves to 5-3.
Pitt's first shot attempt came in the 10th minute, with midfielder Ashley Cuba sending the ball high over the Liberty net. Nearly two minutes later, midfielder Brittany Aanderud booted a ball at the other end, but the attempt went wide of the Pitt goal.
The Panthers lone goal occurred in the 14th minute. After receiving a pass at midfield from Alex Charlebois, McHugh dribbled further into Liberty territory before blasting a shot outside the 18-yard box on the left side. The ball curved just as it approached the Liberty net, hitting the backside to put the Panthers ahead, 1-0.
Liberty took its first shot at goal in the 28th minute with a Crystal Elmers' attempt. However, Pitt goalkeeper Nicole D'Agostino was there to make the play, keeping the Flames attack at bay.
The Panthers tried to up the ante at the start of the 35th minute. Carolina Keefer fired a shot, but the attempt was blocked by a Liberty defender.
Liberty then attempted to even the things up in the 41st minute, as Helene Pereira broke away from the Pitt defense. The sophomore charged towards the Panthers' net and chipped a shot, but D'Agostino quickly dove on the ball to prevent the Lady Flames from igniting the scoreboard.
In the second half, Liberty looked to have the momentum early. Crystal and Dawn Elmers fired off shots in the 52nd and 54th minutes, respectively, but each attempt sailed high over the Panthers' net.
Just before the 59th minute, goalkeeper Karen Blocker picked up her first save of the contest, thwarting a shot on goal by Dana Dellefemine.
Pitt's closest attempt at a second marker came in the 67th minute. Once again, McHugh was made the play, booting a ball that was blocked by a Liberty defender. McHugh immediately followed up the failed try with another shot, but Blocker was there to stuff the attempt.
Pitt made its final attempt on goal in the 73rd minute, with a Charlesbois shot which led to Blocker's third save. Liberty was able to keep the ball in Pitt territory for the majority of the remaining minutes, but could not muster a game tying goal, setting up the 1-0 final.
The Panthers outshot the Lady Flames in the contest, 11-9, and held a 3-1 advantage in corner kicks. Blocker played the full 90 minutes in between the pipes for Liberty, making three saves. McHugh's goal ended a three-game shutout streak for the netminder. D'Agostino also played the entire contest in the net for Pitt, making two saves.
Liberty will receive a one-week break from game action before returning to the field, next Friday, when it hosts George Washington. The Lady Flames squared off with the Colonials for the first time last season, picking up a 2-1 win at Mount Vernon Field (Sept. 23, 2011). Blocker reached a milestone in the contest, recording her 200th career save. Game time for the rematch at Liberty's Campus East Athletics Fields is set for 7 p.m.
Gardner-Webb Women's Soccer Unable to Break Through in 1-0 Home Loss to Chattanooga
Boiling Springs, N.C. - In a rematch of last season's 3-3 double overtime thriller, the visiting Chattanooga Mocs got a goal early in the first half that would prove to be the difference as Gardner-Webb dropped a 1-0 decision at home Friday evening.
The loss moves the Runnin' Bulldogs to 0-4 early in the 2012 season.
Gardner-Webb's offensive attack, which had stalled in its previous three matches, came out firing early against the Mocs. Forward Shelby Hooe (Mechanicsville, Va.) was active early and often for GWU. The freshman first gave the Runnin' Bulldogs a threatening offensive look in the 2nd minute when she outran the Moc defense and put up a shot that went just wide on the left side of the goal.
Hooe and the Runnin' Bulldog offense continued to pressure the Chattanooga defense and keeper Lauren Thomas, garnering another scoring opportunity in the 10th minute of the first half. A ball played forward from the GWU backline found Hooe, who fired a shot from the left side that was saved by Thomas.
On the ensuing corner kick, GWU sophomore Megan Curan (Youngsville, N.C.) received the attempt from freshman Brooke Kelly (Lawrenceville, Ga.) in a crowd in front of the goal. Her shot attempt was blocked by a Chattanooga defender, deflecting to redshirt junior Karyn Latorre (Bogota, Colombia), whose header attempt went just above the crossbar and the match stayed 0-0.
The game did not remain scoreless for long, as Chattanooga got on the board in the 13th minute when the ball pinballed inside a crowded GWU box and was put into the back of the net by the Mocs' Crystal Mackezyk to give the visitors an early 1-0 lead.
A physical first half ensued, with the two squads combining for 14 fouls in the opening period of play.
Gardner-Webb continued to fight on the hot Friday evening at Greene-Harbison Field, pushing the ball forward to set a season high in first half shot attempts (7). Hooe led the way offensively with four first half shot attempts (three on goal) in Gardner-Webb's pursuit of the equalizer.
A shot by Arielle McCarthy Crum-Ewing (Oshawa, Ontario, Canada) in the 47th minute nearly tied the match, but another save by Thomas kept the Mocs in front by a 1-0 margin.
The Gardner-Webb defensive effort, backed by a four defender approach employed by head coach Kevin Mounce, kept the Runnin' Bulldogs' hopes alive despite the early 1-0 deficit. Solid play throughout from center back Addison Abee (Charlotte, N.C.) headlined the effort, as the sophomore quelled multiple threatening Chattanooga runs into GWU's defensive zone.
Heads up defense by the Runnin' Bulldogs in the 49th minute kept the deficit at one goal after the Mocs' leading scorer Becca Smith collected a deflected cross directly in front of the Gardner-Webb goal. Smith's shot attempt was blocked by freshman defender Whitley Bowman (Damascus, Md.), who was right where she needed to be to deflect Smith's strike.
The Runnin' Bulldogs kept fighting to score the equalizer, and they got a good look after a shot attempt from Curan was put on frame, but another save by Thomas kept the score 1-0 in favor of the Mocs.
McCarthy Crum-Ewing provided the Runnin' Bulldogs another scoring chance in the 57th when she played a cross from right to left into the Chattanooga box, but no one was there to receive the well-placed pass.
Hooe and GWU offense kept pressuring the Chattanooga bakcline, and the freshman got perhaps her best scoring opportunity of the match in the 70th minute when she ran down a ball just outside the Mocs' box and fired a shot from the right side that flew over the keeper's outstretched hands. The ball soared just wide on the opposite side of the goal, and the lead stayed at 1-0 for Chattanooga.
GWU keeper Amy Schmitt (Waxhaw, N.C.) made a key save in the 73rd minute, collecting a chest-high shot from outside the 18 yard line to keep the Runnin' Bulldogs within striking distance.
The Runnin' Bulldogs earned a corner kick in the 88th minute, but Kelly's corner kick was deflected away and Chattanooga was able to halt Gardner-Webb's scoring bids until the final horn sounded.
Thomas (2-3-1) took the win in 90 minutes of goal time while collecting seven saves for the Mocs, while Schmitt got the loss after playing the full 90 minutes and tallying four saves.
Gardner-Webb will turn around to face USC Upstate on the road on Tuesday, September 11 at 7:00 p.m.
Fighting Camels Handed First Loss of Season
After lightning delayed Friday's game by an hour and a half, the Seahawks of UNCW handed Campbell their first loss of the season, 0-3 at the Hilton Garden Inn Invitational in Wilmington, N.C.
Campbell senior goalkeeper Ryann Torrero was tested early and recorded her first save of the game in the third minute off of a UNCW shot by Stephanie Rose.
Five minutes later, Rose scored her first goal of the season as the ball came down the field from Natalie Winslow and Morgan Leyble. Rose collected the ball in the penalty box and chipped it past Torrero.
UNCW's second goal came soon after in the 15th minute. Rose played a through ball to teammate Kim Currie, who placed the ball in the middle of the net.
Campbell's first shot on goal came from sophomore Ashley Clark, but Seahawk keeper Caitlin Hunter was in front to make the save.
With one minute remaining in the half, Campbell freshman Ashley Hartert took her first shot of the season on a header, but Hunter blocked the attempt.
At the conclusion of the period, the Fighting Camels only had three shots, two on-goal to UNCW's 14 shots and 7 shots on-goal. Torrero stopped five shots in the half.
After the break, Campbell junior Caitlin Schneider had a try on goal, but Hunter got the save for her third on the day.
Less than a minute later, Campbell committed a turnover at midfield, and Rose broke away with the ball, streaking down the field and hitting the back of the net for her second goal of the night.
The Camels' final shot on-goal came from Hartert, but Hunter again was tehre to stop it.
UNCW continued to attack, hitting the goalpost twice in the remainder of the game.
The Seahawks finished the day with 21 shots and 14 shots on-goal. Hunter recorded four saves.
Campbell posted six shots, four on-goal as they move to 2-1-1 on the season. Torrero ended the game with seven saves.
The Fighting Camels will compete again in the final game of the Hilton Garden Inn Invitational Sunday at 2:30 p.m., when they will take on Elon (1-4-1). The Phoenix dropped their Friday match to Troy 1-2.