CU, RU, GWU & PC Earn Close Wins
Radford 1, Winthrop 0 (OT)
RADFORD, Va. - Kathryn Johnston scored with 34 seconds remaining in the first overtime to lift Radford to a 1-0 win over Winthrop in a matchup of the Big South's top two teams on Saturday afternoon at Cupp Stadium.
The shutout victory gives the Highlanders (11-3, 6-0 Big South) their sixth consecutive to begin Conference play, a first in Big South history. Che' Brown made four saves for Radford.
With time winding down in the first overtime period, Johnston found a loose ball inside the penalty box and made her way through a crowd to the goal line, knocking it in from tight to give Radford the win.
Winthrop (8-6, 4-2) had scoring opportunities to start the second half. In the 53rd minute, Rachel Webster had a chance at the back post from four yards out, but the ball went off the side netting. Two minutes later, Courtney Durbin's header from in close hit off the crossbar, keeping the match scoreless.
Both goalkeepers were tested in the first half. Brown was forced to make a save in the fifth minute when Durbin's through ball found Lia Gorden on the near post, but Gorden's shot from six yards out was stopped. Winthrop goalkeeper Sara Schippers stopped Radford's Julie Ruh'e in the 34th minute on a point-blank chance from inside the goal box. Schippers made 6 saves in the loss.
Radford outshot Winthrop 17-12 - shots were even in the second half at 9-9.
Radford's 6-0 conference start matches the effort of the 1999 team, which began the season with the same streak.
The Highlanders return to action on Thursday night for "Senior Night" against defending league champion High Point at 7:00pm. Winthrop returns home to face Presbyterian College on Thursday at 7:00pm.
Campbell 2, Liberty 1
Lynchburg, Va. - Pirjo Leppikangas scored in the 89th minute to give Campbell a 2-1 victory over Liberty (5-6-3, 4-0-2 BSC) on Saturday night. The senior from Helsinki, Finland secured her fourth game-winning goal in the team's six Big South Conference matches and also assisted on the team's first goal of the evening. The Camels (10-3-2, 4-0-2 BSC) are on an eight-match unbeaten streak.
Liberty jumped out in front just 1:32 into the match as Kelly Henion scored to give the Flames a 1-0 lead. That score would stand until the 26th minute when Kirsty Meyer notched her fifth goal of the year of the year at the 25:50 mark, off assists from Leppikangas and Ashley Clark.
As the two teams went into the locker room tied 1-1 at the half, Liberty maintained a 10-5 advantage in shots, but each team placed only one on frame in the first period. CU held a slight 6-5 advantage in the category during the second half.
Camel goalkeeper Ryann Torrero and LU keeper Karen Blocker each made four saves apiece (three each in the second half), and the deciding goal came with just over a minute to play in regulation. Leppikangas controlled a loose ball from 25 yards out and drilled home her ninth goal of the season, tying Clark for the team lead in goals scored (nine) and points (24).
Head coach Todd Clark credited Torrero (who holds a 1.03 goals against average in just under 1,400 minutes of action in goal this season) and Taylor Brown for anchoring the team's defensive efforts.
Campbell will return home on Thursday to the Eakes Athletic Complex, hosting Coastal Carolina at 5:00pm. Liberty will host VMI on Thursday at 7:00pm.
Presbyterian College 2, Coastal Carolina 1
CLINTON, S.C. - Junior Alice Blackwell scored her first career goal with 6:17 remaining in regulation to lift the Presbyterian College women's soccer team to a 2-1 Homecoming victory over Coastal Carolina on Saturday morning.
PC picks up its first League win of 2011 to improve to 1-3-2 in the Big South Conference and 3-10-2 overall. Coastal Carolina falls to 2-12-1 on the year and 2-4-0 in the conference.
Blackwell broke a 1-1 tie as time wound down by converting from a set piece. Stephanie Allen lifted a free kick into the goal box and Kelly Kozera knocked the ball to Blackwell. Blackwell finished the chance from in close to give PC its first lead of the day and the only one it would need.
The goal completed a comeback that began when Sara Simpson also finished a free kick opportunity in 66th minute. Emily Boggus fired a shot that bounced off of a Chanticleer and back to Simpson, who cashed in for her second of the year. The goal pulled PC even, 1-1
PC goalkeeper Sarah Beth Anderson made five saves in the win and earned her third victory of the year. The senior made four saves in the second half to keep the Chanticleers off of the scoreboard in the final frame.
Coastal Carolina scored the match's first goal in the 26th minute, also off of a free kick. Ashley Day finished off an Alyssa Clark that bounced over the head of Anderson to put the Chanticleers ahead, 1-0.
PC tallied five shots on goal to Coastal Carolina's six, each by a different member of the Blue Hose. Brittany Whitson and Simpson led the team with two shots each. Allen, Whitson and Morgan Fragapane each picked up a shot on goal, joining the goal scorers.
The Blue Hose begin their final road trip of the year on Thursday with an away game at Winthrop. Kickoff is slated for 7:00pm. Coastal Carolina plays again on Tuesday, Oct. 18 vs. Charleston Southern. Game time is slated for 6:00pm.
Gardner-Webb 3, VMI 2
Lexington, Va. - The Runnin' Bulldogs got two goals from senior Dawn Rollyson and was able to knock off VMI on the road 3-2 in Big South Conference action.
The match marks Gardner-Webb's first road win of the 2011 season as well as its first victory in conference play. With the win, GWU improves to 3-6-5 on the year and 1-3-2 in the Big South.
The host Keydets jumped on top 1-0 early on a Sarah Strand goal in the 10th minute. VMI played a short corner, then saw a cross find its way safely to the foot of Simone Jimenez, who found Strand for the goal.
The Runnin' Bulldog offense responded just five minutes later as Rollyson took an assist from Megan Reynolds to tie the score at 1-1. The senior from Westerville, Ohio took the pass in front of the goal among numerous defenders, yet was able to find a way to beat Keydet keeper Amanda Berrios to even the score going into the break.
GWU struck first in the second half, as senior Mackenzie Davis scored her first goal of the year in the 53rd minute to make it 2-1. Davis outmaneuvered two VMI defenders inside the 18 yard box and struck the ball low to beat the keeper and give the Runnin' Bulldogs a one goal advantage.
Rollyson's second goal of the match came in the 65th minute and put Gardner-Webb up 3-1. A through ball from Megan Curan found Rollyson 30 yards out, and Rollyson fired it home from 18 yards out to give GWU a two goal lead.
VMI responded in the 80th minute as Strand scored her second goal of the match off a corner kick.
The GWU defense held strong the rest of the way, fighting off Keydet scoring bids in the final 10 minutes of the contest. GWU keeper Erika Lenns saved a Christelle Ndongo shot attempt in the 86th minute, coming out to the top of the box to block Ndongo's shot from 16 yards out to preserve the 3-2 lead for the Runnin' Bulldogs.
Lenns got the win, tallying 8 saves in improving to 3-6-5 on the year. Berrios finished with 5 saves for the Keydets.
Rollyson's two goal effort marks her third multi-goal match of the year, highlighted by a hat trick in the season opener against USC Upstate, and brings her season total to eight goals scored. Megan Curan picked up her team-high third assist in the win.
The Runnin' Bulldogs will be back in action on October 20 at 7:00pm, as GWU hosts UNC Asheville. VMI is also back on the field October 20, as the Keydets travel to face off with Big South rival Liberty in Lynchburg, Va. in a match slated to begin at 4:00pm.
UNC Asheville 5, Charleston Southern 0
ASHEVILLE, N.C. - Amanda Knapp scored twice and added an assist as UNC Asheville blasted Charleston Southern 5-0 in Big South Conference women's soccer action at Greenwood Field Saturday afternoon.
The Bulldogs scored twice in the first 10 minutes of the game to lead 2-0 and added three goals in the second half to record their first win over the Buccaneers (7-7-0, 2-4-0 BSC) at Greenwood Field since the 2003 season.
Leilani Halkiotis added two goals for Asheville. The Bulldogs improved their record to 4-11-0 overall and 3-3-0 in league play.
Asheville opened the scoring in the first minute of play. Amanda Dailor sent a pass to Knapp that sprung the sophomore forward on a breakaway. She scored from five yards to give the home team a 1-0 lead at the 1:01 mark of the game.
The Bulldogs struck again in the 10th minute. Knapp made a perfect cross to Halkiotis in the box. The senior midfielder headed into the far right corner for a 2-0 Asheville lead at 10:16.
The scored stayed 2-0 the rest of the half. CSU began to get its offense going and fired eight shots on the Bulldog goal. Toni Lashley had two shots in the opening half, and Asheville goalkeeper Heather Muller made a nice save on a shot from Lashley late in the half.
The Bulldogs padded the lead and sealed the game midway through the second half. Ferriss Roberts scored her third goal of the year when she took a shot that hit the cross bar. She gathered the rebound and scored to make it 3-0 at 62:46.
Five minutes later, Mary Kate Tucker sent a pass to Knapp who tallied her second goal of the game on a breakawy to push the lead to 4-0 at the 67:29 mark.
Halkiotis added her second goal of the game at 79:43. She scored an unassisted goal on a blast from 40 yards out to give the Bulldogs a 5-0 lead.
Asheville held an 18-12 advantage in shots as each team had three corner kicks. Muller earned her second shutout of the season for Asheville with seven saves. CSU goalkeeper Amy Arroyo made five saves for the Lady Bucs.
The Bulldogs play next on the road at Gardner-Webb Thursday evening at 7:00pm. Charleston Southern heads to Coastal Carolina Tuesday evening at 6:00pm.