CU, CSU, HPU, LU & WU Earn Conference Wins Thursday
Campbell 1, VMI 0
BUIES CREEK, N.C. - Campbell got a second half goal from freshman Ashley Clark and made it stand up as the Camels edged the Keydets from VMI 1-0 on Thursday afternoon. Campbell improves to 12-4-2 overall, 6-1-2 in the Big South Conference, while VMI concludes its season at 3-12-2 overall, 0-8-1 in league play.
CU outshot VMI 8-2 in the first half, but the Camels were unable to mount any significant scoring opportunities. Keydet goalkeeper Amanda Berrios made four saves in the opening period, and the two teams went into halftime scoreless.
Coming out of the locker room, Campbell forced more pressure early in the second half, breaking through in the 60th minute when Clark controlled a ball at the top of the box and played keep away from the VMI defender before drilling a shot past Berrios in the upper right corner of the net.
Clark's goal puts her alone in seventh place on the Campbell all-time charts for most goals scored in a single season. The Panther Creek High School graduate led the CU scoring attack, accounting for ten of the team's 17 shots.
Campbell subbed freely during the second half, as 22 players saw action for the Orange and Black. Pirjo Leppikangas, Michelle Procaccini and Caitlin Schneider all accounted for two shots, while senior Marisa Muller had one shot for the Camels.
During a half-time ceremony, Muller, Annabelle Gibney and Jamie Panfil were honored in a Senior Day ceremony. All three Camel players have been a part of the CU women's soccer program for four seasons, and have seen the team improve from a five-win season during their freshmen year, to the twelve wins the team has going into Saturday's regular season finale.
Campbell will host first-place Radford on Saturday night. Game time is set for approximately 7:00pm, and will start thirty minutes following the conclusion of the men's soccer match against VMI.
Liberty 2, Presbyterian College 0
CLINTON, S.C. - The Liberty women's soccer team returned to the win column, Thursday night, defeating Presbyterian College at Edens Field, 2-0.
With the win, the Lady Flames improve to 7-7-3 overall and 4-4-1 in Big South Conference play. The Blue Hose fall to 3-13-2 on the season and 1-6-2 in conference action.
Liberty struck first in the contest, scoring a goal in the seventh minute. Emily Hoy netted the first goal of her collegiate career, blasting a shot from just outside the 18-yard box into the upper left corner to give the Lady Flames an early 1-0 edge.
In the 11th minute, Rebecca Miller tried to garner the equalizer for the Blue Hose, but Liberty goalkeeper Karen Blocker was there to thwart the attempt, keeping the home team scoreless.
The Lady Flames continued to fire shots at the PC net throughout the period. Freshman Helena Pereira posted Liberty's second goal of the contest in the 34th minute, marking the first of her collegiate career. As goalkeeper Sarah Bath Anderson attempted to clear the ball, Pereira leapt into the netminder's clearance area and deflected the ball into the net.
Pereira's goal gave the Lady Flames a 2-0 advantage at halftime. In the opening period, Liberty outshot Presbyterian College 8-4. The Blue Hose held a 3-2 edge in corner kicks.
During the second half, Gracie Boswell attempted to put Presbyterian College on the board in the 63rd minute, firing a shot at the Liberty net. Once again, Blocker was able to make the save. Six minutes later, Blocker deflected another shot from Sara Simpson, preventing the Blue Hose from igniting the scoreboard.
In the 74th minute, Aimee Luurtsema sent a shot toward the Blue Hose net, but Anderson made the save, foiling Liberty's attempt to take a three-goal lead.
At the opposite end, Stephanie Allen tried once more to give the Blue Hose their first goal of the contest in the 79th minute. However, Blocker corralled the shot, ultimately leading to the 2-0 final.
The Lady Flames outshot the Blue Hose in the contest, 10-9. Each team had three corner kicks in the matchup. Anderson finished the contest with five saves, while Blocker made four stops for Liberty. Blocker also picked up her fourth shutout of the season and 11th of her career.
Presbyterian College concludes its regular-season slate, Saturday, when it hosts High Point at 7 p.m.
Liberty plays its final game of the 2011 regular season at UNC Asheville on Saturday. Game time between the Lady Flames and the Bulldogs is slated for noon.
Winthrop 3, Coastal Carolina 1
CONWAY, S.C. - Four school records fell Thursday night as the Winthrop women's soccer team defeated Coastal Carolina 3-1 on the road behind two goals by Krystyna Freda and another by Ashley Herndon.
With the victory the Eagles set a new school record for wins in Big South Conference games as they improve to 11-6 overall and 7-2 in the league. Coastal drops to 2-14-2 overall and 2-6-1 in the Conference.
In addition to the conference wins record, Winthrop also set new marks for team goals in a season with 40 while Freda, a freshman from Somerset, NY, set individual records for most goals in a season (13) and most points in a season (29).
Winthrop took the lead in the 33rd minute when Freda scored on a through pass from senior Courtney Durbin and then beat a Coastal defender one-on-one before finding the goal from 13 yards out on the right side. They Eagles scored three minutes later on a free kick by Herndon, another freshman from Noblesville, Ind., from 35 yards from the right side on a ball that hooked over the keeper's head and into the net.
Winthrop put the game out of reach in the 81st minute on Freda's second goal that put the Eagles ahead 3-0. Her goal came off an assist from Allie VandeWater who flicked a pass over the head of the Chanticleer defenders. Freda's shot deflected off the Coastal keeper Saundra Baron before landing in the net.
Coastal scored its goal in the 90th minute on a header by Shelby Evans off a corner kick.
Winthrop won despite being out shot 15-14 by the Chanticleers and 6-5 on shots on goal. Coastal also led in corner kicks 3-2. Individually, Freda led Winthrop with five shots and Sara Schippers collected four saves in goal. Morgan Thomas led Coastal with five shots while Baron had two goalkeeper saves.
The Eagles will close out the regular season on Saturday at Charleston Southern. The game will start at 2:00pm.
Coastal returns to the pitch in Conway for their regular-season finale against Gardner-Webb at Noon on Saturday, Oct. 29. Prior to the match, Chanticleer senior Jessie Benchley, Tori Strengari and Julia Baldwin will be honored for their accomplishments and contributions to the Coastal women's soccer program.
Charleston Southern 3, Gardner-Webb 0
CHARLESTON, S.C. - The Charleston Southern Lady Buccaneers got a vital three points in Conference standings from their 3-0 home victory over the visiting Gardner-Webb Runnin' Bulldogs.
Coming into the day the Lady Bucs knew they had a huge task at hand. With the Big South Conference tournament looming and currently sitting in a tie for 7th-place, CSU knew that they needed a win to help start the process of securing themselves a spot in the eight team Big South Conference tournament.
From the get-go, the Lady Bucs stepped up their tempo. Knowing that they needed a win Coach Eric Terrill had his Lady Bucs challenging for every tackle and 50/50 ball all over the field. Searching for the game's first goal, CSU would get a number of chances but could not convert as some of their chances would be sprayed wide and high of goal. In the midfield Rebecca Hollstegge and Anja Djumisic kept the Lady Bucs safe with tough play throughout the first half but their link between the forwards at times was just off the mark. A scare came for CSU came midways through the first half as goalkeeper Caitlin Cody went up to gather a corner kick drive into her box when she clashed with a Bulldogs player. Cody who seemed to get the worst of the collision was dazed momentarily and was taken out of the game for precaution. Senior keeper Amy Arroyo was inserted to fill in for the injured Cody and kept her defense in their stellar form.
It only took 1:54 into the second half for CSU to get on the board. Morgann Wood found herself in the box after receiving a ball from Allison Lewis. Wood turned to her man and let loose a blast that went past Gardner-Webb keeper Erika Lenns before she had a chance to dive. Wanting to still be on top of the game and get those vital three points, CSU went hunting for a 2nd goal. Wood again would find herself on the score sheet as Gina Thomas found a streaking Wood. Thomas slipped Wood in behind the Bulldogs defense as her pass split two defenders and found the foot of Wood. Wood, looking over her shoulder to see where the goal and goalie were, hit a one time shot across her body that found the back of the net. With Wood's goal CSU looked well on their way to a victory. The goal for CSU seemed to take the fight out of the Runnin' Bulldogs.
CSU controlled the last 30 plus minutes of the match not really being threatened on defense. While on attack the Lady Bucs continued to look dangerous and pressed to get a 3rd and final goal. In the 89:30, CSU would find their final goal as a clearance from the Buc defense found Toni Lashley at midfield. The pacey Lashley played the ball ahead of herself and then tracked it down. Dribbling into the box Lashley looked up to see where the keeper was and drilled a shot past her to cap off a great Buccaneer performance. With 30 seconds left in the match, the 3 points were well in hand and CSU could gasp a sigh of relief.
With one game remaining CSU looks to see if they can climb up the conference standings with another win. Senior day will be this Saturday as Winthrop comes to Buccaneer Field. Seniors, Amy Arroyo, Casey Bolduc, Anja Djumisic, Andrea Williams and Olivia Urig will all be honored during the game. Live video and stats will be available for Saturday's match. Kickoff is slated for 2 p.m. at Buccaneer Field.
High Point 4, UNC Asheville 0
ASHEVILLE, N.C. - The High Point University women's soccer team set a new program record with its fifth-straight shutout in a 4-0 win over UNC Asheville on Thursday afternoon in Asheville, N.C. The Panthers scored a season-high four goals in the win.
The Panthers' five-straight clean sheets break the previous record of four-straight which was set in 1993, the program's second year in existence. HPU's previous high in the Division I era was three-straight which the team last accomplished at the Big South tournament last season.
Senior Katie Taber and sophomore Kelli Joline each finished with a goal and an assist and freshman Jacky Kessler posted two assists for High Point who moves to .500 on the season with an 8-8-3 overall record with the win. The Panthers also improve to 6-1-2 in the Big South, matching their conference win total from last season.
The loss was Asheville's third straight and dropped the Bulldogs record to 4-14-0 and 3-6-0 in Conference play.
Taber got High Point on the board early with a goal in the 12th minute when she got behind the defense and scored to put the Panthers up 1-0. The senior ran a give-and-go with Kessler to get free in the box before slotting a low shot to the left post for her second goal of the season.
Less than two minutes later, the Panthers doubled their lead as Joline got loose on the right side of the box and beat the keeper with a shot to the near post to put HPU up by two in the 13th minute. Kessler set Joline free on the right flank with a ball over the top from the center of the pitch. The goal was the sophomore's team-best eighth of the season.
The Panthers continued to apply offensive pressure in the second half and in the 58th minute pushed their lead to 3-0 on a header by sophomore Becca Hemby. Taber found space on the right side of the field off a pass from Joline and hit a cross to the far post where Hemby calmly headed it into the empty net for her fifth goal of the season.
Sophomore Cary Ann Parrish scored High Point's final goal of the game in the 79th minute, beating the keeper in a one-on-one breakaway to make the score 4-0. Sophomore Jesse May started the play with a goal kick to midfield where junior Jenny Butler flicked the ball on to Parrish behind the Asheville defense. Parrish dribbled in on the Bulldog keeper before sliding a shot just inside the left post for her second goal of the season.
The Panthers finished the game with a 13-6 edge in shots. High Point had eight shots on goal while also limiting a dangerous Asheville offense to just one shot on frame in the match.
Senior Andrea Ritchie played 72 minutes and made one diving save to move into first place in the High Point Division I career record books with 22 wins. The senior keeper has not allowed a goal in 490 minutes of action stretching back to the game at Gardner-Webb on Oct. 8. Through nine games, Ritchie has a 0.53 goals-against average and .848 save percentage in Big South play.
High Point will close out its regular season on Saturday, Oct. 29, when the team heads to Clinton, S.C., to face Presbyterian College. HPU is 3-2-1 in six all-time meetings with the Blue Hose. Last season, the Panthers picked up a 3-1 win at home over PC thanks to goals by Joline, junior Janay Whittaker and Sara Rager.
Asheville will finish the regular season at home on Saturday against Big South Conference foe Liberty at Noon. The Bulldogs will honor their seniors prior to the match. High Point finishes the regular season at Presbyterian College Saturday night at 7:00pm.