Coastal, Campbell, Winthrop, Longwood & Presbyterian Win
Lady Bucs Fall on Senior Day to Campbell, 1-0
CHARLESTON, S.C. - A late second half goal by Kirsty Meyer gave the visiting Fighting Camels the 1-0 victory in Big South Conference play as Campbell topped Charleston Southern on Senior Day at Buccaneer Field on Saturday morning.
Seniors Melissa Adams, Rebecca Hollstegge and Morgann Wood were recognized during the halftime Senior Day festivities on their final home weekend as the Lady Bucs (6-10-1, 4-6 BSC) will take on Coastal Carolina on Tuesday, October 23rd, at Buccaneer Field, with kickoff in the season finale set for 3 p.m.
Meyer scored the go-ahead goal for Campbell (10-6-1, 5-5 BSC) in the 75th minute, receiving the pass from Ashley Clark inside the box and fired the ball into the net past the defensive pressure for the lone score in the contest to give the visiting Fighting Camels the victory.
Campbell came out firing in the first half, recording 15 shots to the Lady Bucs seven as Michelle Procaccini targeted the net on four of CU's first five shots, but Charleston Southern goalkeeper Caitlin Cody was up to the task with three saves in the early going to keep the match scoreless.
Toni Lashley recorded the opening shot for the Buccaneers at the 1:51 mark on the clock, but pushed her attempt left, while Morgann Wood's header was collected by Campbell keeper Alexis Connors as the teams remained scoreless through the first 15 minutes.
The Fighting Camels continued to pressure the Lady Bucs defense as five different players attempted shots in the first half but the CSU defense held Campbell at bay as Cody recorded six saves by the break to keep the match knotted up at 0-0 at the half.
Charleston Southern had the first scoring opportunity in the second half as Hollstegge charged into the box at the 48:02 mark in the period, but her header attempt sailed over the crossbar, while Alexis Prada and Meyer continued to lead the Camels attack.
Campbell broke the seal on the net at the 74:16 mark as Kellsey Costello-Mays crossed the ball into the box to Clark. Clark tapped it back to Meyer and the redshirt-senior put a shot through a hole in the Charleston Southern defense into the back of the net for the first goal in the contest.
CSU continued to battle back through the final 15 minutes as Gina Cox struck a free kick toward the net that Connors corralled. Chloe Urig attempted a shot from the top of the box that sailed left, while Hannah Thomas' header from six yards out off a corner kick was pushed wide left as the Campbell defense held.
Toni Lashley had the final shot attempt in the game for the Lady Bucs, putting an attempt on goal with 54 seconds remaining, but Connors was up to the task with her eighth save of the game in recording the shutout.
Charleston Southern closes out the 2012 regular season at home on Tuesday afternoon against Coastal Carolina, with kickoff at 3:30 p.m. Campbell is also back in action on Tuesday as the Fighting Camels host High Point in their season finale at Buies Creek, N.C. with kickoff at 7 p.m.
Coastal Women Beat High Point for Fifth Straight Win
CONWAY - The Coastal Carolina women's soccer team honored their six seniors before the game on Saturday against High Point and followed with a win over the first-place Panthers 1-0 at the CCU Soccer Field.
Sophomore Kacey Kelley scored the lone goal in the 30th minute, with an assist by Christina Stern, lifting the Chants to their fifth straight victory and seventh win in their last eight games. Coastal upped its overall record to 10-7-0 and solidified its hold on fourth place in the Big South with a 7-3-0 mark. High Point had its nine-game unbeaten streak snapped and fell to 8-5-6 overall and 7-1-2 in the conference.
It was the final regular-season home game for seniors Ashley Day, Anna Lowe, Ali Morin, Maggie McGavin, Cami Skladany and Morgan Thomas.
The Chants turned in yet another strong defensive effort, shutting down a high-powered High Point offense that came in leading the Big South in goals. However, Coastal limited the Panthers to just eight shots - more than 10 below their average - and only two attempts on goal.
One of those came in the 25th minute as Janay Whitaker put a low shot toward the corner. However, junior goalkeeper Megan Spencer dove to her right to make the save.
Kelley then struck for her team-high ninth goal of the season. Stern sent a cross from the right side into the 18-yard box where Kelley had gotten loose. The 5-8 forward lunged her body forward to get a head on the ball and deflect it into the left corner. The assist was Stern's third of the year.
Though the Chants weren't able to add to the lead, they controlled play the majority of the game, finishing with 15 shots, including eight on goal. Kelley totaled four shots, while Stern and junior Cisca Okoko each had three.
High Point was finally able to put some pressure on the Coastal net in the final 10 minutes of the second half, but the Chants prevented the Panthers from putting any attempts on net. Spencer grabbed a free kick out of the air with under two minutes left and a desperation shot by Becca Hemby, the team's leading scorer, was blocked. The ensuing corner kick as the final seconds ticked away was unsuccessful and the Chanticleers held on for their biggest win of the season.
Spencer totaled two saves in earning her sixth individual shutout of the year as the Chants held their opponent scoreless for the eighth time, including five out of the last eight games. It is only the third time this season that High Point has been shut out.
Coastal will wrap up the regular season on Tuesday, Oct. 23 with a 3 p.m. game at Charleston Southern. The Chants will then play a first-round game of the Big South Tournament either October 27 or 28. The date and time will be determined once the seedings are finalized. Check back at GoCCUSports.com for updates.
High Point returns to the pitch on Tuesday, Oct. 23 as it travels to Campbell for a 7:00pm match.
Winthrop Women's Soccer Earns 3-1 Road Win At UNC Asheville
ASHEVILLE, NC - Devin Puckett scored a late first half goal sending Winthrop on its way to back-to-back road wins, as they knocked off UNC Asheville 3-1 Saturday afternoon.
The Lady Eagles improves to 9-6-2 overall and 6-2-2 in conference action, while UNC Asheville drops to 4-14 overall and 2-8 in Big South Conference play.
Devin Puckett scored the game-winning goal in the 44th minute when she drove in a rebound opportunity from eight yards out following a Winthrop set piece. Three minutes earlier, Taylor Walton opened up the scoring when she latched on to a Grace Radler cross from four yards out. The assist is the ninth of the season for Radler giving her sole possession of the Big South Conference lead in assists.
The Bulldogs put pressure on the Lady Eagles in the second half with the majority of the scoring chances. UNC Asheville attempted 13 shots in the half forcing Winthrop goalkeeper Sarah Schippers to make six saves. The Bulldogs aggressive play cut the lead to 2-1 in the 79th minute when Amanda Dailor headed in a corner kick from Kaitlyn Eckert.
Lia Gorden provided the last goal of the afternoon when she scored on a breakaway in the 88th minute to give Winthrop a 3-1 lead. Krystyna Freda's through ball put Gorden into space behind the defense for her third goal of the season.
Amelia Henderson earned her eighth win of the year in net for Winthrop as she split time with Schippers for the second consecutive game. Henderson finished the match with two saves, while Schippers made six stops. Asheville goalkeeper Heather Muller made five saves in goal for the Bulldogs. Freda led all players with five shots, all on-goal. Eckert and Shenny Lenhart each had three shots to lead the way for Asheville.
The Lady Eagles will return to action on Tuesday, October 23rd, when they wrap the regular season with a 7:00 p.m. contest against the Gardner-Webb Runnin' Bulldogs at Eagle Field.
The Bulldogs will wrap up their season on Tuesday, October 23rd, when they head to Clinton, SC to take on the Presbyterian Blue Hose.
Longwood Defeats Visiting Big South Opponent VMI, 2-0
FARMVILLE, Va. -- Longwood University remained unbeaten at home in Big South Conference women's soccer action on Saturday night, taking a 2-0 shutout victory past in-state school VMI at the Athletics Complex in Farmville on Senior Night. Freshman Olivia Colella|Herndon (Chantilly) scored both goals, including the game-winning goal in the 12th minute for the Lancers (12-5-1, 7-2-1 Big South), as the hosts finished the regular season 5-0 in league home matches with the win against the visiting Keydets (1-15, 0-10 Big South). Senior Nikki Glisson|Mechanicsville (Hanover), junior Kelsey Pardue|Henrico (Hermitage) and sophomore Kylie Dyer|Farmville (Prince Edward County) each had an assist, and senior keeper Kyra Byron|Richmond (Mills E. Godwin) earned the victory in front of the net.
Longwood controlled the match throughout and led 1-0 at the intermission after Colella scored the opening goal at 11:39, beating the keeper one-on-one with a shot to the lower left corner of the net after taking a pass from Glisson. Colella added an insurance goal for the Lancers in the 64th minute when she collected a pass in the box and beat the keeper left once-again. Pardue had fed a nice ball into box to Dyer who deflected it on to Colella for the finish at 63:45.
Longwood had a 19-6 advantage in shots, including 10-4 in attempts on goal, and it was an 8-4 edge on corner kicks. Senior captain Lindsey Ottavio|Fairfax (W.T. Woodson) had six shots, two on goal, while Colella had four shots, each on goal. Byron played the first 87:33 in front of the net for the Lancers with four saves, and junior keeper Shelby Hall|Purcellville (Loudoun Valley) finished the final 2:27 as the hosts posted shutout number nine this season.
Simone Jimenez had two shots, both on goal, for VMI, while keeper Mackenzie Harrmann played the duration for the Keydets with eight saves.
Longwood and VMI were playing for the ninth time in the sport of women's soccer, and the Lancers continue to lead the series, 8-0-1. Longwood continues to enjoy its finest season since 2002 (15-3-1).
It was Senior Night with a special pre-game recognition ceremony for seniors Kyra Byron, Nikki Glisson, Natalie Massey, Lindsey Ottavio and Chelsea Walter. This group has a combined four-year record of 39-28-6 (.575).
Longwood will play its final regular-season match on the road on Tuesday, October 23, at nearby rival Liberty University in Lynchburg at 4:30 p.m.
VMI will close its season at Big South opponent Radford University on Oct. 23.
Radford Matched Unbeaten Streak Record; Plays to 0-0 Draw at Liberty
LYNCHBURG, Va. - Radford women's soccer tied for the third straight time and matched a school record with its 13th consecutive contest without a loss, playing to a scoreless draw at Liberty on a chilly Saturday evening from East Campus Fields.
Che' Brown (Manassas Park, Va./Manassas Park) posted her ninth shutout with six saves as the Highlanders (10-2-4, 6-0-4 Big South) recorded their 10th clean sheet of the season, the third straight year with 10-plus shutouts.
Karen Blocker stopped seven shots to earn the clean sheet for the Lady Flames (11-6-2, 5-3-2).
Liberty held advantages in shots (28-23) and corner kicks (9-6). Making her first collegiate start, freshman Sally Dillinger (Clifton, Va./Fairfax) paced Radford with four shots, while Helena Pereira charted a match-high seven for Liberty.
The Highlanders and Lady Flames went into the break scoreless. Radford held an 8-6 advantage in shots with each squad earning two corner kicks. Both keepers made two saves, but neither team really threatened with the majority of the chances coming from outside the 18.
Radford came out strong in the second half and immediately put pressure on the Liberty defense. The best opportunity came when a cross was misplayed, but Rachel Conway's (Kitchener, Ontario, Canada/Forest Heights Collegiate) shot from the in close went just wide.
After all the pressure, Brown had to come up with one of her best saves of the season when she left her feet and fully extended to rob Megan Warner in the 64th minute. Both squads had a couple of flurries and deep runs in the final 10 minutes, but could not come up with the goal.
The Lady Flame outshot Radford, 10-1 in the overtime periods, but Radford had the best opportunity when sophomore Kara Nay (Montclair, Va./Forest Park) got behind the LU defense with two on rushing teammates, but her cross was smothered by Blocker.
Radford closes out the regular season at home on Tuesday when it hosts VMI at 7:00 p.m. Prior to the match seniors Mary Wiley (Radford, Va./Radford), Krissia Vasquez (Bowie, Md/St. John's College High) and Megan Rhodes (Blacksburg, Va./Blacksburg) will be recognized.
Liberty returns to the pitch on Tuesday, Oct. 23 as it hosts Longwood at 4:30pm.
Presbyterian College Women's Soccer Downs Gardner-Webb on Senior Night, 3-0
CLINTON, S.C. - The Presbyterian College women's soccer team delivered a Senior Night to remember on Saturday evening, shutting out the visiting Gardner-Webb Runnin' Bulldogs by a 3-0 margin.
PC (3-14-1, 3-7-0 Big South) used a goal and an assist from both Tori Lopez and Sara Simpson to knock off Gardner-Webb (3-13-1, 2-7-1 Big South).
The Blue Hose end the regular season on Tuesday by hosting UNC Asheville at 7 p.m.
PC freshman goalkeeper Sydney Fontenot (Austin, Texas) made five saves to earn her first career clean sheet.
The win marked PC's second straight shutout on Senior Night after a season-ending 1-0 victory over High Point in 2011 and snapped a three-match losing streak to the Runnin' Bulldogs.
The Blue Hose also received a pair of assists from freshman Sophie Cobb (Columbia, S.C.) and a goal from Catie Smith (Greenville, S.C.) in the effort.
The two sides battled through a scoreless tie for much of the first half until Simpson broke through shortly before halftime. The junior, stationed on the near post during a Cobb corner kick, headed the ball backwards and over the goal line to put the home side in front heading into the break, 1-0. The goal gave Simpson her fifth goal of the campaign.
Smith struck soon after the teams returned to the field, cashing in on another corner kick in the 49th minute. Cobb's cross found Lopez, who deflected the ball to Smith and the sophomore poked home the chance for her second goal in four games.
Lopez wrapped up PC's scoring and caught Simpson for the team's goal lead in the 69th minute. Simpson took the ball in an open area and played a through ball to Lopez that split the back line and set up Lopez for a breakaway opportunity. Lopez finished the chance and brought the score to its final tally, 3-0.
The Blue Hose received solid play defensively en route to the shutout, the team's first of 2012. Keri O'Neill (Peachtree City, Ga.) stymied several Gardner-Webb chances and senior Alice Blackwell (Marietta, Ga.) held the Runnin' Bulldogs attackers at bay as well. The PC back line limited Gardner-Webb's clean looks at shots and Fontenot handled the rest, allowing no rebounds and snagging several difficult shots.
Gardner-Webb held the overall edge in shots, 16 to 14, thanks to four from Megan Curan.
The team honored seniors Blackwell, Abi Thompson, Sarah Kustick and Townley Cheek prior to the opening whistle.
Gardner-Webb will return to the soccer pitch for its final regular season game on Thursday, October 25 for a match at Winthrop in Rock Hill, S.C.