No. 2 Radford Uses Late Goal To Defeat No. 7 Campbell, 1-0
RADFORD, Va. -- No. 2 seed and defending champion Radford defeated No. 7 seed Campbell, 1-0 in the quarterfinals of the 2012 Big South Women's Soccer Championship presented by Musco Sports Lighting Saturday evening. The Highlanders will play No. 3 Longwood next Friday evening at 7:00pm in the semifinals at Eagle Field in Rock Hill, S.C. It is the fourth time in five years RU has advanced to the tournament semifinals.
A rematch of last year's Big South Tournament championship game, both teams proved to be tournament tested and battled to a defensive standoff for the better part of the match. It was a reserve player playing in her first-ever tournament game, however, that advanced the Highlanders to the semifinals. Radford freshman Asyia Mitchell tallied the game's only score with a left-footed strike in the 80th minute. She was assisted on the play by sophomore Kara Nay.
While it was a rookie that gave Radford the lead, it was a veteran that kept the Highlanders in the lead. Junior goalkeeper Che' Brown's tip save over the crossbar denied Campbell's best look on goal in the 88th minute. Sophomore Ashley Clark, who is the third-leading point scorer in the Big South, ripped a shot over Brown's head, but not over her outstretched arm that saved the Highlander victory. Brown finished with five saves on the night and recorded the victory.
Campbell goalkeeper, freshman Alexis Connors took the loss, but was nearly equally as impressive as her counterpart. Connors turned away nine shots on goal, and got the help of teammate senior Jeannie Borda in keeping the game scoreless in the 75th minute. Radford senior Mary Wiley beat Connors at the right post, but Borda was there to turn away what was to that point, the best scoring opportunity for either team.
Radford out-shot Campbell 23-9 overall and 12-5 on frame. Nine different players put shots on goal for the Highlanders, led by two each by Mitchell, senior Megan Rhodes, and freshman Kim Harkins. Clark had two shots on goal to lead the Fighting Camels.
With the victory, Radford added to its current school record of 15-straight games without a loss.
Radford improves to 12-2-4 on the year, while Campbell ends its season at 10-8-1.
Radford will be making its 12th appearance in the Big South Tournament semifinals.