Charleston Southern, Coastal, High Point & Liberty Win; RU & WU Tie
Lashley's Hat-Trick Leads CSU Past UNC Asheville, 5-2
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Toni Lashley recorded her first collegiate hat-trick and freshmen Gina Cox and Ashley Lowdermilk scored their first collegiate goals as the Lady Bucs defeated visiting UNC Asheville on Saturday morning at Buccaneer Field in Big South Conference play, 5-2.
Lashley joined senior midfielder Rebecca Hollstegge with hat-tricks on the season for the Lady Bucs as the CSU duo became the first teammates to score three goals in a game on the season since the 2009 campaign when Marky Boyce and Morgann Wood found the back of the net three times on the year.
The five goals CSU scored in the contest is a season high for Charleston Southern and the most for the program dating back to the 2010 campaign against Presbyterian College on October 18th.
Charleston Southern improves to 6-8-1 on the season and evens their conference record to 4-4 with the victory over the Bulldogs. UNC Asheville falls to 3-13, 1-7 in Big South Conference play with the loss.
UNC Asheville opened the game with the first shots on the net as the Bulldogs opened up play with four shots toward goal as Bria West, Kaitlyn Eckert and Amanda Knapp all fired toward goal before CSU's Chloe Urig put the Lady Bucs first shot on net at the 9:45 mark.
Asheville's Heather Muller and CSU's Caitlin Cody kept the game scoreless through the first 18 minutes before the Bulldogs found a crack in the CSU defense to put the first point on the scoreboard. Knapp collected a failed clearance at the top of the goal box and directed the ball to Kennedy Garrett and the freshman forward scored her third goal of the season with a shot through the traffic in front of the goal to put the Bulldogs up 1-0 at the 18:01 mark.
The Bulldogs continued to press their advantage, firing three more shots but Cody kept Asheville at bay with a pair of saves before Lashley evened the score with her ninth goal of the season at the 27:31 mark. The junior forward headed the long pass from Hollstegge into the box past an advancing Muller and tapped the ball into the open net to even the score at 1-apiece.
Eight minutes later Lowdermilk settled the ball after a scramble inside the box off a corner kick by Cox and the freshman midfielder scored her first collegiate goal, sliding her shot through traffic into the bottom right corner of the net from six yards out for the go-ahead goal at the 35:56 mark as Charleston Southern took the 2-1 lead.
CSU put another tally on the scoreboard before the half ended as Tori Wright lofted a pass from midfield, settling the ball in front of Cox at the top left corner of the goal box. The left-footed freshman midfielder took one dribble in before firing a shot toward the upper right corner of the net. Her attempt was deflected off Muller's gloves and into the net at the 38:43 mark for Cox's first career collegiate goal.
Lashley continued to press the advantage as CSU completed their 4-0 run to take control of the game in the opening minutes of the second half as Hannah Thomas led the junior forward with a pass through the defense into the box, leaving Lashley alone for a one-on-one with Muller. Her shot attempt went into the lower left corner of the net at the 51:19 mark on the clock to give CSU the 4-1 advantage.
Asheville responded less than a minute later as Knapp scored her fourth goal of the season for the Bulldogs receiving a feed into the box by Eckert in the 52nd minute. The junior forward lifted a shot up and over Cody into the net at the 52:04 mark to cut the CSU lead in half at 4-2.
The Bulldogs continued to press, firing 10 of their 18 shots in the second half over the next 12 minutes, but Cody kept Asheville out of the net with six saves during the span before Lashley added her third goal of the day and 11th goal of the season at the 75:58 mark off the feed from Gina Thomas. The ball was crossed in front of the box to Lashley, leading to another one-on-one with Muller and the CSU forward slid the ball into the lower right corner of the net to put the Lady Bucs up 5-2 in the match.
Asheville and Charleston Southern continued swapping shots in the closing minutes of the match, but neither team was able to add to their scoring total as the Lady Bucs topped the Bulldogs in conference action.
UNC Asheville out-shot CSU 32-25 in the match, while Charleston Southern held the 6-3 edge in corner kicks on the goal. Inside the net, Cody led the way with 12 saves on the field, while Muller recorded eight in the box for the visitors.
Charleston Southern remains at home in Big South Conference play as the Lady Bucs host High Point University on Thursday, October 18th. Kickoff between the Lady Bucs and the Panthers is set for 3:30 p.m. UNC Asheville returns home to Greenwood Field in Asheville, N.C. to take on Gardner-Webb, also on the 18th, with kickoff at 3 p.m.
Presbyterian Women's Soccer Falls to Coastal Carolina
CONWAY, S.C. - The Presbyterian College women's team dropped a Big South Conference match on the road to Coastal Carolina on Saturday, 6-1.
The Chanticleers (8-7-0, 5-3-0 Big South) scored three goals in each half to get past the Blue Hose (2-13-0, 2-6-0 Big South).
PC returns home for its next contest, taking on Winthrop Thursday at 7 p.m. Coastal Carolina next battles Campbell on the road in a Thursday night contest at 7 p.m.
Kelly Kozera (Rome, Ga.) scored her first goal of the season and led the team with two shots. Sara Simpson (Columbia, S.C.) played her third straight match with at least one point, assisting on Kozera's goal. Simpson has amassed seven points in the last five matches to take the team lead, with 11.
PC goalkeeper Jordan Broadway (Chapin, S.C.) made nine saves in the first half before Sydney Fontenot (Austin, Texas) entered at halftime and stopped three shots.
The Chanticleers tallied three goals in the first 22:25 en route to the win.
Fia Jonsson notched Coastal's first two. The Chanticleer scored her first on a corner kick in the 16th minute before following up a little over four minutes later on another corner kick.
The home side finished its first half scoring with a goal in the 23rd minute from Ashley Day, who finished took a pass from Maddie Phillips at the top of the box and finished to give Coastal a 3-0 lead.
The Blue Hose answered on Kozera's goal in the 28th minute. Simpson played a ball to the sophomore and Kozera laced a one-two shot into the net to put PC on the board going into halftime, 3-1.
Coastal added another goal shortly after halftime as Kacey Kelley used a Maddie Phillips assist to bring the Chanticleers' lead back to three, 4-1.
Camille Christie scored the team's fifth off of a corner kick before Cisca Okoko finished the scoring in the 80th minute.
Winthrop Women's Soccer Plays To A 1-1 Draw With League Leader Radford
ROCK HILL, SC - Krystyna Freda scored her tenth goal of the season and 26th of her young career to move her into a first place tie for the most goals in school history. It was not enough as Radford got a late goal to tie Winthrop 1-1, on Saturday afternoon at Eagle Field.
The Lady Eagles are now 7-6-2 overall and 4-2-2 in conference play. Radford remains undefeated in its last 11 games and are now 10-2-2 overall and 6-0-2 in the Big South and remain in first place.
Krystyna Freda opened up the scoring in the 78th minute of play when she beat her defender one-on-one and took her shot from the far side edge of the 18-yard box flew over the goalkeeper and into the near side netting. Freda's goal is her 10th of the season and 26th of her career which ties for with Chelsea White (2005-08) for first in school history.
The Highlanders pulled even on an 89th minute goal from Tyler Drake, her first of the season. Drake got on the end of a Mary Wiley corner kick to nod in the tying goal.
The Lady Eagles finished with a 20-14 advantage in shots. Freda led all players with seven shots followed by Allie VandeWater with six. Mary Wiley led Radford with five. Both goalkeepers, Sarah Schippers and Che' Brown finished with four saves.
Winthrop returns to action on Thursday, October 18 when it travels to Clinton, SC for a 7:00 p.m. contest with Presbyterian at Martin Field.
Radford is back in action on Thursday, October when Longwood travels to Radford, VA for a 7:00 p.m. contest.
Longwood Falls On The Road At High Point, 2-0
HIGH POINT, N.C. -- Longwood University dropped a Big South Conference women's soccer match on the road Saturday, falling 2-0 at High Point University in North Carolina. Meghan Krasnow and Jacky Kessler each scored goals for the host Panthers (7-4-6, 6-0-2 Big South), while Ivy Cocklereece and Jesse May combined for the shutout against the visiting Lancers (11-5, 6-2 Big South).
High Point jumped ahead early when Krasnow scored at 11:36, assisted by Danielle Schepler, and it remained 1-0 at the intermission. The Panthers added a late insurance goal at 78:09 when Kessler scored from an assist by Kelli Joline.
High Point had a 20-7 advantage in shots, including 10-2 in attempts on goal, and it was a 5-2 edge on corner kicks. Sophomore Samantha Phillips|Chesapeake (Grassfield) had three shots, one on goal, and junior Kelsey Pardue|Henrico (Hermitage) added two shots, one on goal for Longwood. Senior keeper Kyra Byron|Richmond (Mills E. Godwin) played the duration for the Lancers with eight saves.
Becca Hemby had six shots, four on goal, and Jenny Butler added four shots, two on goal, for High Point. Cocklereece played the first 45:00 in goal for the Panthers with one save, and May played the final 45:00 with one save.
Longwood and High Point were playing for the ninth time in the sport of women's soccer, and the Panthers still lead the series, 6-1-2.
Longwood will play again on Thursday, October 18, remaining on the road at in-state school and Big South opponent Radford University in Radford at 7 p.m.
High Point will return to the pitch on Thursday, Oct. 18 as it travels to Charleston Southern for a 3:30pm match.
Campbell Falls to Liberty 2-1 in Overtime
Buies Creek, N.C. - The Lady Flames (10-6-1, 4-3-1) scored in the third minute of overtime to defeat the Fighting Camels (9-5-1, 4-4-0) 2-1 Thursday night at Eakes Athletic Complex. Senior Kirsty Meyer scored Campbell's lone goal, tying the game at 1-1 in the 72nd minute of regulation.
After a scoreless first half, Liberty got on the scoreboard first in the 67th minute of play. Maddie Boone dribbled the ball from half field into the Camels' penalty box and had a try on goal. Her shot from the six yard box got past freshman goalkeeper Alexis Connors into the right side of the net, bringing the score to 1-0 in favor of the Flames.
Only five minutes later, the Camels tied the game. Sophomore Michelle Procaccini dribbled the ball down the right flank to the corner. She made a cross to senior Kristy Meyer who was waiting at the top of Liberty's six yard box. Meyer took a touch to settle the pass and shot it to the left side of the goal, beating Liberty keeper Karen Blocker and tying the game 1-1. The goal was Meyer's second of the year.
In the 74th minute, the Camels were awarded a free kick in Liberty's defensive third. Senior Taylor Brown aimed the kick at sophomore Ashley Clark, who took a shot. The ball was cleared to Procaccini outside the penalty area, and she had a shot, just missing over the crossbar by a few inches.
Liberty's best opportunity to go ahead in regulation came in the 77th minute, as Helena Pereira had a try from outside the 18 yard box, but Connors was able to leap up, pushing the shot over the crossbar.
The Fighting Camels' final attempt of the half came in the last minute. Clark dribbled the field down the left side, running inside the box, but her shot went across the face of the goal, wide right.
Regulation ended tied 1-1, sending the game into the fifth overtime match of the season for Campbell.
The Lady Flames were awarded a corner kick in the 93rd minute. After the kick, the ball settled at Pereira's feet. She dribbled to the top center of the penalty box and took a shot that landed in the left side of the net, clinching the 2-1 win for the Flames.
The loss was the second in a row for the Fighting Camels, who are now seventh in the Big South Conference. The team will look to bounce back in a pair of road matches next week, traveling to Coastal Carolina on Thursday and Charleston Southern on Saturday.
Meanwhile, Liberty's next contest is slated for Thursday, Oct. 18 as it travels to VMI for a 4:00pm match.