Coastal, Winthrop, Longwood, Presbyterian, Radford & High Point Win
Coastal Carolina Edges Asheville, 2-1
ASHEVILLE, N.C. - Coastal Carolina scored twice midway through the second half to rally past UNC Asheville 2-1 in Big South Conference women's soccer action Thursday afternoon at Greenwood Field.
The Chanticleers (7-7-0, 4-3-0 BSC) won their third straight match as Kacey Kelly and Christina Stern scored for the visitors in the second half to overcome a 1-0 Bulldog halftime lead. Asheville (3-12-0, 1-6-0 BSC) lost its fourth straight match, three of those losses by just one goal.
The home team stunned Coastal Carolina in the first minute of the match. Paige Trent sent a pass to Kaitlyn Eckert who scored on a shot from 10 yards out to put the Bulldogs in front 1-0 just 51 seconds into the match. It was the sophomore forward's eighth goal of the season and marked the fourth straight game she had scored in.
The Chanticleers came close to scoring several times in the second half only to see Asheville goalkeeper Heather Muller make three saves to keep CCU off the scoreboard.
The visitors held a 7-4 edge in shots in the opening half and 5-0 advantage in corner kicks.
Asheville controlled the first part of the second half as Amanda Dailor just missed scoring on two shots.
The Chanticleers tied the match in the 62nd minute. Maggie McGavin took advantage of a Bulldog turnover. She sent a pass to Kelley, who connected on a shot from 20 yards out to knot the match at 1-1.
Four minutes later, CCU scored the game-winner. Stern picked up a loose ball and hit a shot the bounced off the cross bar. It bounced right back to her and she tucked it into the back of the net for a 2-1 Chanticleer lead at 66:38.
The Bulldogs battled hard in the last 20 minutes but could not get the tying goal. CCU goalkeeper Megan Spencer made three saves to earn the win, two in the second half.
UNC Asheville plays again at Charleston Southern Saturday morning at 11 a.m. Coastal Carolina hosts Presbyterian College Saturday at 10 a.m.
Five Different Lady Eagles Score As Winthrop Knocks Off VMI, 6-1
ROCK HILL, SC - Winthrop scored a school record six goals in a home Big South Conference game, as five different Lady Eagles found the back of the net in a 6-1 victory over VMI, Thursday evening at Eagle Field.
The Lady Eagles improve to 7-6-1 overall and 4-2-1 in the Big South Conference, while the Keydets drop to 1-12 overall and 0-7 in conference action.
Winthrop got out in front of VMI 3-0 in the first half and never looked back. Grace Radler opened up the scoring for the Lady Eagles with her fourth goal of the season in the 28th minute when she tapped in a rebound inside the 6-yard box. Imani Ervins would increase the Winthrop lead to 2-0 in the 33rd minute when she lofted her shot over the Keydet goalkeeper from the near side corner of the 18-yard box for her second goal of the season. Taylor Walton pushed the lead to 3-0 in the 37th minute after she stripped a VMI defender and beat the goalkeeper one on one low to the near side for her first career goal.
The Lady Eagles would match their offensive output in the second half on a pair of goals from Krystyna Freda in the 66th and 70th minute and a Kylie Long penalty-kick in the 72nd minute. With two goals, Freda now has nine goals for the season. Long's goal was her first of the year.
The Keydets got on the board with just 12 seconds remaining on the clock after being awarded a penalty-kick of their own. Simone Jimenez stepped to the spot and converted for her first goal of the season.
Winthrop was aggressive offensively from the opening moments of the game, finishing with match with 24 shots, 12 in each half. The aggression also resulted in 17 offside calls. VMI finished the match with seven shots. Keydet goalkeeper Mackenzie Harrmann made eight saves in net including a pair of one on one saves against Freda in the first half. Sarah Schippers made one save in net for the Lady Eagles.
Winthrop returns to action on Saturday when it faces Radford at 4:00 p.m. at Eagle Field. There will be eight Lady Eagles honored on senior day.
VMI will next be in action on Saturday when it travels to Boiling Springs for a 1:00 p.m. meeting with Gardner-Webb.
Conway's Late Strike Allows Radford to Escape Gardner-Webb with 1-0 Victory
BOILING SPRINGS, N.C. - Junior Rachel Conway (Kitchener, Ontario, Canada/Forest Heights Collegiate) struck in the 87th minute as Radford women's soccer escaped with a 1-0 win at Gardner-Webb in a tough Big South battle from Greene-Harbison Field, Thursday evening.
The Highlanders (10-2-1, 6-0-1 Big South) extended their unbeaten streak to 10 matches, tying the program's single season record set in 1993. Radford has also started undefeated after seven Big South regular season matches for the first time in school history. It breaks the previous mark of six obtained last year and 1999.
The victory also keeps Radford a point ahead of Longwood and two ahead of High Point, both one-goal winners tonight.
Knocking on the door all night, the Highlanders and Conway found paydirt with just 3:20 left in the match. She took a short slip from junior Tyler Drake (Palmyra, Va./Fluvanna County) and her waist high shot snuck in the near post as the keeper looked on. It was her sixth goal, tying for the team lead, and second game-winning strike of the season. Her first game-winner came in Radford's season opener against Howard in double overtime.
The Highlanders outshot the Runnin' Bulldogs (2-11-1, 1-5-1), 21-9, but GWU keeper Amy Schmitt kept them in the contest with 10 saves. Che' Brown (Manassas Park, Va./Manassas Park) stopped three shots as she posted her seventh clean sheet of the season, while the Radford recorded its third straight shutout and eighth in 2012.
Radford went into the break scoreless. The Highlanders had an early goal waved off by an offside call a minute into the contest and then Kim Harkins (Virginia Beach, Va./Cox) was denied 1v1 by the GWU keeper Amy Schmitt in the 37th minute as the ball deflected off her and the post.
The Bulldogs' (2-11-1, 1-5-1) best chance came with two minutes to go. However, Brown made a tremendous stop on Gardner-Webb's first shot on goal of the match.
Radford remains on the road Saturday when it takes on Winthrop at 4:00 p.m.
The Runnin' Bulldogs will turn their attention to another Big South foe, VMI, for a match being played this Sunday, October 14, at 1:00 p.m. The match, Gardner-Webb's last home contest of the 2012 season, will be senior day for the Runnin' Bulldogs' women's soccer team, as the GWU senior class will be recognized for their contributions to the University prior to the match.
Late Goal Leads Presbyterian Past CSU, 2-1
CLINTON, S.C. - Sara Simpson's second half goal lifted host Presbyterian College over the visiting Charleston Southern Buccaneers at Edens Field at Martin Stadium on Thursday evening in Big South Conference action.
Rebecca Hollstegge recorded her fifth goal of the season in the loss, scoring in the final second of the first half as CSU (5-8-1, 3-4 BSC) fell under .500 in conference play on the season, while Presbyterian (2-12, 2-5 BSC) recorded their second win in the Big South in 2012.
Presbyterian challenged CSU goalkeeper Caitlin Cody early in the first half, placing shots on goal in the opening three minutes as Keri O'Neill and Brittany Whitson fired toward the net, but the redshirt sophomore proved up to the task with a pair of saves to keep the Blue Hose at bay.
Allison Lewis recorded the first shot for the Lady Bucs at the 2:41 mark but pushed her attempt wide right. Toni Lashley launched the first shot on goal for CSU at the 7:15 mark, but Jordan Broadway kept the score even with the save.
The teams traded shots for the next 10 minutes before Tori Lopez collected the cross from Emily Boggus and fired a shot on goal from inside the box. Her attempt was deflected back into play by Cody where it was collected by Catie Smith and she made the Lady Bucs defense pay with the first score of the contest at the 18:35 mark to give PC the 1-0 advantage.
Charleston Southern battled back, controlling possession for a majority of the first half as the Lady Bucs outshot Presbyterian 11-7 over the first 45 minutes of play as Emma Faubert, Gina Cox, Gina Thomas and Hannah Thomas all launched shots on goal, but CSU was unable to put a point on the scoreboard until the closing seconds of the half.
Hollstegge finally broke the seal on the net after collecting a long pass from Tori Wright inside the box. The senior midfielder slid into the box in front of the advancing keeper and scored with 0.3 seconds remaining on the clock in the half to even the score and send the teams into the half knotted up at 1 apiece.
Both teams jostled back and forth as the CSU and PC battled for the go-ahead score in the second half as neither team put a shot on net until the 78:34 mark when Simpson collected a high pass inside the box on the run, volleying her shot attempt into the net to give the hosts the 2-1 lead.
Charleston Southern's final scoring attempt came in the 83rd minute as Lewis directed a header toward the back of the net at the 82:20 mark, but Broadway recorded the save on her way to closing out the 2-1 Presbyterian victory.
Hollstegge and Lashley led the Lady Bucs with four shots apiece in the game as CSU outshot Presbyterian 16-14 on the match. Cody recorded a match-high eight saves in taking the loss for the Buccaneers.
Charleston Southern returns home on Saturday, October 13th as the Lady Bucs host UNC Asheville on Buccaneer Field in Big South Conference action. Kickoff between CSU and the Bulldogs is set for 11 a.m.
Presbyterian College will return to action on Saturday, Oct. 13 as it travels to Coastal for a 10:00am match.
High Point Grabs 1-0 OT Win Over Liberty on Hemby Goal
The High Point University women's soccer team got a golden goal from junior Becca Hemby in the 93rd minute to pull out a 1-0 overtime win against Liberty in Big South action on Thursday night at Vert Stadium. The win improves HPU to 5-0-2 in the Big South for the season.
After ending regulation in a scoreless stalemate the Panthers did not wait long to grab the victory, scoring in just the third minute of extra time. HPU broke out quickly off a save by junior Jesse May and junior Taylor Parker received the ball on the right flank. The junior shook two defenders with a clever dribble and turned into the penalty area before hitting a low cross to the center of the box. Hemby made a late run up the center and one-touched a shot past the diving keeper for the win. The goal was her team-high eighth of the season.
The game was a defensive battle throughout as both team's featured a skilled backline. Neither team was able to build sustained offensive pressure against the organized defenses. At the end of regulation the two squads had combined to put just four shots on frame. After allowing two shots on goal in the first five minutes of play, High Point's defense did not allow another shot on its keeper until the 92nd minute.
The win was the Panthers' second-straight in extra time following their 2-1 win over Gardner-Webb on Sept. 29. High Point has now gone to extra time in eight of its 16 games this season and has yet to lose, posting a 2-0-6 record in those contests.
HPU improves to 6-4-6 overall and 5-0-2 in the Big South with the win. The Panthers are one of just two teams in the conference that remain undefeated along with Radford. HPU is also undefeated at Vert Stadium in 2012, improving to 4-0-2 in six games at home. Liberty falls to 9-6-1 overall and 3-3-1 in the Big South with the loss.
High Point will wrap up its 2012 home schedule against Longwood on Saturday, Oct. 13, at 5 p.m. The Lancers are 10-4-0 overall this season after a 1-0 win at Campbell and enter the weekend second in the Big South with a 6-1-0 mark. Saturday will also serve as senior day for HPU which will honor its seven seniors prior to the match.
Liberty returns to the pitch on Saturday, Oct. 13 as it travels to Campbell for a 7:00pm match.
Longwood Wins on Road at Big South Foe Campbell, 1-0
Buies Creek, N.C. - Longwood's Olivia Colella scored in the 16th minute of play to give the Lancers (11-4-0, 6-1-0) a 1-0 win over Campbell (9-4-1, 4-3-0) Thursday night at Eakes Athletic Complex.
The Fighting Camels entered the game ranked fourth in the Big South Conference and on a two game winning streak. The Lancers, second in the league, extended their streak to three wins after their victory.
The game-winning shot came at the 15:22 mark in the first half. Lindsey Ottavio dribbled down the field into the box to challenge Campbell keeper Ryann Torrero. As Torrero came off her line, Ottavio passed the ball to Olivia Colella, who received it at the top of the six yard box. She had a shot on an open net to convert the game-winner.
Campbell's best scoring opportunity of the game came five minutes later as sophomore Ashley Clark had a try on goal, but Longwood keeper Kyra Byron was able to make the stop.
Longwood outshot Campbell 13-6 over the course of the game. The Fighting Camels had two tries on goal, from Clark and junior Caitlin Schneider. Campbell keepers Torrero and freshman Alexis Connors combined for six saves, grabbing three each.
The Fighting Camels will try to rebound Saturday against Liberty. The game will begin 30 minutes after the conclusion of the men's soccer game against Winthrop at 5 p.m. at Eakes Athletic Complex. The game will serve as Senior Night, with the five Campbell seniors being honored at halftime.
Longwood will play again on Saturday evening, October 13, on the road at Big South opponent High Point University in North Carolina at 5 p.m.