CSU Tops CU; GWU, HPU, RU and WU Pick Up Wins

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Charleston Southern 1, Campbell 0

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CHARLESTON, S.C. - Charleston Southern Lady Buccaneers soccer team pulled of a tremendous 1-0 victory over visiting Campbell University, Saturday afternoon at Buccaneer Field at Charleston Southern in Charleston, S.C.

With an immense amount of pressure on the shoulders of the CSU Lady Bucs to make the Big South Conference tournament, today's match-up pitted 2nd-place Campbell versus 7th-place Charleston Southern.

Campbell would pressure and send searching balls to their forwards but the CSU defense of Katelyn Faucette, Olivia Urig, Casey Bolduc and Stephanie Hand would disrupt any offensive attack that Campbell would launch.  Caitlin Cody made a number of key saves as Campbell kept pressuring the CSU goal.  Cody who has split time with Amy Arroyo would prove to be a key player in today's match.  As the half went along both teams tried to assert their game plan on the match but neither team could fully take advantage of another team's mistake.  CSU who had been pressured and tucked into their own half found a huge lifeline in the game and their season.  Against the run of play, Aislinn McIlvenny stole a pass off of a Campbell defender in the Campbell defensive third and found herself in space.  McIlvenny looked up and saw Campbell keeper Ryann Torrero coming off of her line and lofted the ball right over her outstretched hand to give the Lady Bucs a one goal lead.

The second half started with Campbell trying to find the equalizer and get on the board.  Three straight corners to start the half had CSU defending in their own box as Campbell searched for a goal but the CSU defense and keeper Caitlin Cody rose to the occasion.  A 35 yard blast from Campbell forward Annabelle Gibney looked destined for goal but an outstretched Caitlin Cody got her hand on the ball to tip it over the crossbar to keep the game in CSU's favor.  The half would continue to move along with both teams pressuring and getting chances.  The best CSU chance of the half again came from Aislinn McIlvenny.  McIlvenny beat her defender and looked to slip a ball into a streaking Toni Lashley but instead had a go on goal which looked to trouble Campbell's Torrero but Torrero made the save. 

CSU will be back in action Thursday, Oct. 27 as they take on Big South opponent Gardner-Webb.  This is the second game of a three game home stand for the Lady Bucs who look to get another win to solidify a spot in next month's Big South Conference Tournament.  Campbell hosts VMI on Oct. 27 wat 5:00pm.

High Point 1, VMI 0 (OT)

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The High Point University women's soccer team picked up its second-straight overtime win on Saturday as sophomore Sammy Vercellino scored in the 97th minute to propel HPU to a 1-0 win over VMI on Senior Night at Vert Stadium.

Vercellino pounced on a rebound from a shot by junior Katie Harris and hit a hard shot into the net to give High Point the win late in the first period of extra time. Harris took a hard low shot from just outside the box towards the right post, forcing a diving save by VMI keeper Amanda Berrios. Berrios stopped the shot, but could not hold on to the ball as it bounced right to the onrushing Vercellino for the defender's second tally of the season.

With the win High Point improves to 7-8-3 overall and 5-1-3 in the Big South. The Panthers have now played three-straight overtime games and six overtime games overall with a 2-1-3 record in those contests. VMI falls to 3-11-2 overall and 0-7-1 in the Big South with the loss.

HPU controlled the run of play throughout the game, putting up a record 32 shots in the game with 14 on net. Sophomore Becca Hemby had nine shots in the game with five on frame while sophomore Kelli Joline put up seven shots including three on target. The Panthers' previous record for shots in a game was 31 shots against Tennessee-Martin on September 25, 1999. High Point ended the game with a 32-3 advantage in shots with a 14-1 edge in shots on goal.

Senior Andrea Ritchie saved VMI's only shot on goal midway through the second half with a diving stop to preserve her fourth-straight shutout and her sixth of the season. Ritchie and the HPU defense are currently enjoying a scoreless streak of 418 minutes stretching back to the game at Gardner-Webb on Oct. 8.

In eight conference games this season, the senior keeper has a 0.58 goals-against average and an .844 save percentage with 27 stops and five shutouts. The win was Ritchie's 21st in her career which ties her with former teammate Marisa Abbott for the most career wins in HPU Division I history.

High Point finishes the season with a 4-0-1 record against Big South opponents at Vert Stadium. It is the second-straight season that the Panthers have gone undefeated on their home field.

HPU will attempt to push its unbeaten streak to five straight when the team heads to Asheville, N.C., on Thursday, Oct. 27, to play the Bulldogs of UNC Asheville at 2:00pm. High Point holds a 7-7-2 record in 16 all-time meetings with Asheville. Last season, the Panthers pulled out a 2-1 win in overtime at Vert Stadium thanks to a sliding header in the first period of extra time by Jillie Johnston.  VMI faces Radford on Tuesday, Oct. 25 at 3:00pm.

Radford 3, Liberty 2

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LYNCHBURG, Va. - Sydney Golden set up two goals and Radford held off a furious Liberty rally in the final 25 minutes to pick up a 3-2 Big South road win on Friday evening in women's soccer action from Williams Stadium.

Bouncing back from their first league loss of the season, the Highlanders (12-4-0, 7-1-0 Big South) have now won seven of their last eight and 10 of 12 contests. The one-goal victory was the fifth of its kind in Big South matches and sixth overall this season.

After dominating and grabbing a 3-0 advantage in the 54th minute, the first-place Highlanders weathered a surge by the Lady Flames (6-7-3, 3-4-1) and held on for an import road victory.

The 12th win on the season matches last season's total as Radford reaches this milestone for the ninth time in program history, the sixth during Sohrabi's tenure.

Golden's two helpers doubled the defender's season total to four. In the defensive third, the sophomore was big, clearing several Liberty services into the box and stopping many attacking opportunites.

Radford took advantage of several Golden free kicks from inside its half of field to grab a 2-0 lead going into halftime. Sophomore's Rachel Conway and Sahar Aflaki connected on loose balls off those services to give the Highlanders a two-goal advantage after 45 minutes.

As Kara Blocker was trying to regain possession after her initial miscue, Conway knocked in the loose ball for her third score of the season at the 8:03 mark.

Aflaki's strike came from 10 yards out after Golden's service dropped in the box and the loose ball found Aflaki's foot for a two-goal advantage in the 34th minute.

The Highlanders pressured the Lady Flames the majority of the first half holding a 9-4 advantage in shots and 4-1 in corner kicks. Blocker finished the half with four stops, while Che' Brown handled both of Liberty's scoring attempts.

A give and go off a throw-in between junior Mary Wiley and sophomore Julie Ruh'e pushed the lead to 3-0 early in the second half.

After Ruh'e gathered the toss and touched it back, she was returned the favor. Wiley lofted it into the box and Ruh'e placed it over the on-rushing Booker in the 54th minute for eventual game-winner and her team-leading sixth goal.

Two quick strikes by the Lady Flames midway through the second half cut the Highlanders lead to 3-2.

Casey Norris put Liberty on the board in the 66th minute sneaking in a header off a service from Laura Nyholt. Just 2:34 later on a loose ball during a corner kick, a score by Geena Swentik made it a one-goal contest.

Liberty registered five more shots after cutting the lead to one, but Brown made two saves and a third scoring attempt was blocked.

Brown finished with five saves and her counterpart Blocker stopped seven shots for the Lady Flames. Radford out shot Liberty, 15-12 and held an 8-5 advantage on corners.

Radford continues its season-ending three-match road swing at VMI on Oct. 25 at 3:00pm.  Liberty travels to Presbyterian on Oct. 27 to face the Blue Hose at 7:00pm.

Winthrop 3, UNC Asheville 1

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ROCK HILL, S.C. - The Winthrop women's soccer team picked up its second 10-win season in school history on Saturday evening with a 3-1 victory over the UNC Asheville Bulldogs at Eagle Field.

The Eagles improve to 10-6 on the season and 6-2 in conference play, while the Bulldogs drop to 4-13 overall and 3-5 in the conference. The last time Winthrop won 10 or more games in a season came when it went 13-5-3 in 2006. The sixth conference win of the season for the Eagles also ties a school record for most Big South wins in a season as they also tallied six victories in 2006 and 2010.

It was Senior Night for the Eagles as they honored Kelsy Weavil, Nichole Smith, Courtney Durbin and Rachel Webster prior to the contest.

UNC Asheville jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the 31st minute after Ferriss Roberts scored from inside the 18 yard box far side. She placed her shot back across the box over the head of Weavil and into the goal far side. The goal by Roberts was her fifth of the season.

Winthrop wasted little time by responding to tie the game at 1-1 just 16 seconds later in the 32nd minute on Krystyna Freda's 11th goal of the year. Freda maintained possession of the ball inside the 18-yard box far side and managed to beat a Bulldog defender to the right and dribbled back to the middle of the box. She scored from 14 yards out past UNC Asheville goalie Heather Muller.

Courtney Durbin gave the Eagles the lead for good in the 50th minute off a corner kick near side by Freda. Freda's corner kick was placed into a crowd of players in front of the net, but Durbin was able to head the ball in past Muller from four yards out. The goal by Durbin was also her second game-winning goal of the season.

Winthrop extended its lead to 3-1 in the 88th minute off Rachel Webster's first goal of the season. Webster received a through pass inside the 18-yard box near side from Tori Davis and beat Muller to the left, which allowed her to score into an open net.

The Eagles finished the match with a 16-13 advantage in shots and 9-7 in shots on-goal. Winthrop also held a 5-3 advantage in corner kicks.

Freda led the Eagles offense with five shots to go with her one goal and one assist, while Weavil had six saves in her first start of the season. Kaitlyn Eckert attempted a team-high five shots for the Bulldogs, and Muller also grabbed six saves.

Winthrop will be back in action on Thursday, Oct. 27 as it will travel down to Conway, S.C. to face the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers at CCU Soccer Field. Game time is scheduled for 6:00pm.  UNC Asheville will face High Point at home on Oct. 27.  Game time is scheduled for 3:00pm.

Gardner-Webb 3, Presbyterian College 0

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Boiling Springs, N.C. - Gardner-Webb got goals from three different players, including one form senior Dawn Rollyson in her last home game as a Runnin' Bulldog, and played solid defense throughout to knock off Presbyterian 3-0 in Big South Conference on Saturday.

With the win, GWU jumps to 5-5-6 overall on the year and 3-3-1 in conference. The Blue Hose drops to 3-12-2 and 1-5-2 in the Big South.

GWU, coming off a dramatic 4-3 come-from-behind win over UNC Asheville on Thursday, would need no such comeback against Presbyterian, as the Runnin' Bulldogs jumped on top 1-0 in the first period off a shot from Meagan Reynolds, her fourth goal of the season. The sophomore from Kings Mountain, N.C. took a pass from Rollyson, then beat her defender and fired a shot from 12 yards out that found its way past PC keeper Sarah Beth Anderson's outstretched arms on the goal's right side to give GWU the early lead.

Gardner-Webb's offense assaulted PC's defensive third throughout the match, constantly pressuring the visiting team with aggressive outlet passes and quick sideline-to-sideline passes to keep the Blue Hose off-guard. GWU manufactured 12 shots in the first period, while the Runnin' Bulldog defense allowed just 3 shot attempts in the first half.

The Runnin' Bulldogs got an insurance goal in the 70th minute off the foot of Megan Curan, who made a nifty move toward the goal after Rollyson's second assist of the day and fired a shot that was too hot to handle for the PC goalkeeper. The freshman's 5th goal of the season made it 2-0 in favor of the Runnin' Bulldogs.

Rollyson pushed the score to 3-0 in the 80th minute, as Reynolds repaid the favor with an assist to the senior who scored from inside the box. Rollyson, who reached double digits on the season in recording her 10th goal of the 2011 season, has scored in each of the Runnin' Bulldogs five wins this year.

GWU got a great defensive effort from its backline defense throughout the game. Sophomore Ele Margelos, switching from forward to defender, played well stepping in for the Runnin' Bulldogs, who also saw great backline plays from freshman Addison Abee and senior Mackenzie Davis.

Gardner-Webb's senior class, consisting of Rollyson, Davis, Megan Tremblay, Stephanie Benshoof, Chelsea Hearne, Tina Frost and Megan Reimer, were honored before the game in a special ceremony recognizing their contributions to Gardner-Webb women's soccer before the game.

The Runnin' Bulldogs will be back in action on Thursday at 3:00pm as GWU travels to take on Charleston Southern in a key Big South match late in the 2011 season. Presbyterian will take on Big South foe Liberty on Thursday at 7:00pm.