High Point, Radford & Liberty Win on Friday
Highlanders Post 3-1 Win Over Old Dominion
RADFORD, Va. - Radford women's soccer put forth a dominating 90-minute performance and was rewarded with a 3-1 win over in-state foe Old Dominion on Friday evening from Cupp Stadium
Sophomore Kara Nay (Montclair, Va./Forest Park) put the Highlanders (2-2) ahead for good, connecting on a header in the 65th minute and junior Rachel Conway (Kitchener, Ontario, Canada/Forest Heights Collegiate) iced the contest with her second penalty kick goal of the evening with just over five minutes to play.
Radford outshot the Monarchs (1-3), 23-6, and held a decisive, 11-3 advantage in corner kicks.
Trailing 1-0 after a long service by ODU's Nikki Clarke found it's way in to the back of the net in the 34th minute, the Highlanders came out determined not to let another strong performance go to waste and it was evident as soon as the second-half whistle blew.
Their aggressive play resulted in a penalty kick opportunity in the 59th minute, when junior Julie Ruh'e (Monrovia, Md./Urbana) was taken down in the box during a long throw. Conway snuck her shot just inside the post and off ODU keeper Brianna Alvarado's outstretched hands to even the match a 1-1.
After earning one of five second-half penalty kicks, junior Sydney Golden's (Lexington, Ky.) service to the far post was headed back across the six-yard box by classmate Tyler Drake (Palmyra, Va./Fluvanna County) and found Nay, who buried it in the back of the net for the game winner.
Conway iced it late after senior Megan Rhodes (Blacksburg, Va./Blacksburg) was taken down by Alvarado in the box. It was her team-leading third goal of the season.
Junior Che' Brown (Manassas Park, Va./Manassas Park) made three stops on the evening for Radford, while Alvarado made a match-high nine saves. Nay charted a match-best four shots, while five other Highlanders attempted three. Six different players recorded a shot for the Monarchs.
Radford turns around and heads to Dover, Del. to take on Delaware State and 2 p.m. on Sunday.
Liberty Blanks American, 2-0
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Liberty women's soccer team picked up its second straight win, defeating the American Eagles on the road, 2-0, Friday afternoon.
Liberty's two goals came in the second half, with senior Lauren Stell and junior Megan Warner finding the net for the Lady Flames. Freshmen Brittany Aanderud and Crystal Elmers were credited with assists.
Goalkeeper Karen Blocker continued to march her way up the Liberty record books, notching her 14th career shutout. The redshirt senior needs just one more shutout to tie Natalie Mayer (2001-04) for the program's all-time record.
With the victory, Liberty moves to 3-2 on the year, while American falls 1-3-1 in 2012. The all-time series is now tied at 1-1.
The Eagles outshot the Lady Flames in the first period, 5-0, but multiple stops by Blocker prevented American from lighting up the scoreboard. The Bowie, Md., native thwarted three of the Eagles' five attempts, all of which originated off the foot of forward Carleigh Morba during the opening 22 minutes. Forward Erin Mulhern took the other two shots for the Eagles, but one was blocked in the 28th minute, while another sailed high over the Liberty net in the 43rd minute, keeping the contest scoreless at halftime.
The offensive attack picked up for Liberty during the early minutes of the second half. The Eagles began the period with two more shots on goal during the 48th and 49th minutes. However, once again, Blocker stopped both attempts to keep the contest without a goal.
Later in the 55th minute, Aanderud fired a shot of her own at the American net, but goalkeeper Klare Lazor was there to make the stop, preventing Liberty from gaining an advantage.
Fifteen minutes later, the freshman midfielder orchestrated Liberty's first goal of the contest during the 70th minute. Aanderud sent a corner kick across the 18-yard box, setting up Stell, who tapped it into the net for her first goal of the season, putting the Lady Flames ahead, 1-0. Stell's goal was the fourth of her Liberty career and her first since Liberty's 2-1 victory over VMI on Oct. 20, 2011. Aanderud's assist was her third on the year.
Liberty was not done on the afternoon, putting the contest away with an insurance goal in the 85th minute. Leading scorer Elmers decided to spread the wealth, feeding the ball through to Warner. The junior then broke away from the American defense and slipped a shot into the left corner past Lazor. Warner's first marker of the season ultimately led to the 2-0 final.
American outshot the Lady Flames, 10-5, in the contest, but Liberty held a 5-2 advantage in corner kicks. Blocker played the full 90 minutes between the posts for the Lady Flames, collecting five saves. American's Lazor remained in the net for the entire contest, making one save on the afternoon.
Liberty continues play this weekend by heading to Norfolk, Va., to take on the Old Dominion Monarchs. Game time is slated for 1 p.m.
High Point Women's Soccer Pulls Out Late 2-1 Win at Appalachain State
Senior Jenny Butler propelled the High Point University women's soccer team to its first win of the season with a goal in the 87th minute as the Panthers picked up a 2-1 win over Appalachian State in Boone, N.C., on Friday night. With the win HPU improves to 1-1-3 on the season.
With the game tied, 1-1, in the closing minutes the Panthers surged ahead looking to find a game winner. Sophomore Jacky Kessler made a run towards the box with the ball before laying it off to Butler with an angled back pass. The senior midfielder took one touch to set up her shot before rifling the ball into the top left corner from 30-yards out.
The game was tightly contested throughout the first half but neither team was able to find a score in the opening 45 minutes. The Panthers did well to control a majority of the possession but were denied a score as ASU's defense limited chances in the final third.
High Point was forced to weather a strong push by the Mountaineers in the second half before taking the first lead of the game in the 72nd minute when ASU's keeper mishandled a corner kick into the net for an own goal. Junior Brooke Lisson hit the corner to the near post where Kessler challenged the keeper leading to the error.
The Panthers led for 10 minutes until Appalachian State responded with a goal of its own off a corner kick to tie the game at 1-1 with just eight minutes remaining. Meggie Graham hit the kick to the near post where it was deflected in off a shot by Merlin Beckwith.
High Point finished the game with a slim 12-10 edge in shots. The Panthers put five shots on goal in the game while limiting Appalachian State to just two.
Junior Jesse May picked up the win for the Panthers while Amy Kolowsky took the loss for ASU which falls to 1-3-0 on the season.
High Point returns to action on Thursday, Sept. 6, when the Panthers head to Greenville, N.C., to face the Pirates of East Carolina. HPU is 0-3-1 in four meetings with East Carolina.
Frankeny Scores in CSU loss to College of Charleston
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Chelsea Frankeny recorded her second career collegiate goal, tying up the match in the second half at Blackbaud Stadium as Charleston Southern took on the College of Charleston for the Silver Cup. However, a pair of second half scores by Sarah Schaidle led the Cougars to the win as CofC took down the Buccaneers, 3-1.
Frankeny evened the match up at 1-1 at the 54:36 mark, bringing the ball in from the left corner of the field and rolled a shot past a diving Taylor Avery into the bottom left corner of the net for her second collegiate goal in three games. Frankeny previous scored the game-winner in the Buccaneers' season opening victory over USC Upstate, 2-1 back on August 20th.
College of Charleston (1-2) opened the scoring in the match as Nicole Koretsky one-timed Sarah Caramone's pass through the box, driving her shot into the upper left corner of the net to put the Cougars ahead at the 19:36 mark in the match.
CSU (1-2) nearly answered less than 30 seconds later as Allison Lewis blasted a shot from 30 yards out. Her shot attempt was tipped by Avery into the crossbar and rebounded back onto the field as the CofC keeper kept the Buccaneers at bay.
Schaidle gave the Cougars the 2-1 lead less than a minute after Frankeny's equalizer as Cardamone again crossed a ball into the box in front of the CSU keeper. Schaidle collected the ball and fired into the lower left corner at the 55:29 mark to put CofC back in the lead.
Schaidle put the match away late, scoring at the 85:51 mark, collecting a Buccaneers' clear attempt at the top of the box and lifted a shot into the upper left corner of the net to close out the scoring.
College of Charleston outshot the Buccaneers 21-8 and held the edge on corner kicks as well, 8-1 in recording the win.
Charleston Southern returns home to the friendly confines of the CSU Soccer Field as the Buccaneers host Northern Iowa on Friday, September 7th. Kickoff for the match is set for 4 p.m.