High Point Wins Big South Women's Soccer Championship

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RADFORD, Va. – A golden goal from High Point’s Jillie Johnston 4:34 into the overtime frame led No. 5 High Point over No. 7 Gardner-Webb, 1-0, in the title game of the 2010 Big South Women’s Soccer Championship presented by Musco Sports Lighting Sunday at Patrick D. Cupp Stadium in Radford, Va. 

Defending Tournament champion High Point receives the Big South’s automatic bid to the NCAA Women’s Soccer Championship and becomes the second team in Big South history since Liberty in 2000 and 2001 to repeat as Conference champions.  The Panthers have now won three of the last four Big South women’s soccer titles, and captures their fourth overall Big South championship, having won in 2004, 2007 and 2009.

Johnston’s bicycle kick from the six-yard box came off a free kick in the 95th minute.  Sara Rager took the kick and teammate Becca Hemby touched it over to Johnston who scored her second goal of the season and gave the Panthers their second consecutive League crown.

High Point held a commanding advantage in shots, 17-4, and in corner kicks, 7-2.  Chelsea Hearne made nine stops on the day for Gardner-Webb.

Janay Whittaker was named Tournament MVP for her play in High Point’s three games.  Joining Whittaker on the All-Tournament Team were teammates Andrea Ritchie, Kelly Joline, Jillie Johnston. Chelsea Hearne, Megan Trembley, Megan Reiner from runner-up Gardner-Webb; Courtney Durbin and Katie Perkinson from Winthrop; Madison Short and Maggie Woody from Liberty all earned All-Tournament honors.  Emily Danchak (Charleston Southern), Amanda Berrios (VMI), Hannah Brown (Coastal Carolina) and Latrice Lee (Radford) round out the All-Tournament squad.

High Point improves to 11-10-1 on the year, while Gardner-Webb drops to 8-10-4.  It was the second meeting between High Point and Gardner-Webb in the Conference Tournament.

The NCAA Selection Announcement will take place tomorrow, Monday, Nov. 8 at 4:30pm on ESPNU.

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High Point Head Coach Marty Beall

“I’m very proud of our young ladies and how they competed for three straight games, getting three straight shutouts.  It just shows how much hard work they’ve put into our training sessions throughout the season.  I give credit to coach Mounce and the game plan they put together because they took away a lot of our options.”

Gardner-Webb Head Coach Kevin Mounce
“Obviously we’re disappointed, but we played a great team.  I was really proud of how our girls played and the way they fought today.  It was a tough tournament for both teams.”