Radford & Presbyterian Win; #23 High Point & VMI Tie
Radford Defeats Longwood, 3-0
FARMVILLE, Va. - Bernardo Ulmo (Sao Paulo, Brazil/South Kent)'s eighth goal in as many games and a 12-0 shot advantage through the first 70 minutes set the tone in Radford's 3-0 win over Longwood on Tuesday night in Big South men's soccer action.
The Highlanders (5-2-3, 3-0 Big South) picked up their third league win in a row and a fourth straight positive result. Jannik Eckenrode (Springfield, Va./West Springfield) (53') and Ramzi Dridi (Falls Church, Va./JEB Stuart) (78') added second half tallies to seal the victory.
Ryan Taylor (Midlothian, Va./Midlothian) needed to make only one second half save to earn his 11th career shutout - the Lancers (3-8-1, 2-6-1) didn't have their first shot until the 69:40 mark.
For the match, the Highlanders outshot Longwood 13-5.
Ulmo, who entered the week ranked 12th in the nation in goals, got Radford on the board 4:03 into the match when the Highlanders were awarded a penalty kick. For Ulmo, the penalty kick conversion was his second in three matches.
In the first half the Highlanders put six of their seven shots on frame - Longwood goalkeeper Paul Hegedus was forced to make four saves. Midway through the half, Radford had a pair of good scoring chances - in the 23rd minute a Stephen Hudgens (Alpharetta, Ga./Fellowship Christian) shot was cleared off the line by Longwood's Sam Yardley. Just 16 seconds later, Matt Janssen (McLean, Va./McLean) rang the crossbar on a shot attempt.
Eckenrode had two early opportunities in the second half - Hegedus made the save on a shot in the 47th, but Eckenrode found the net for his first career goal five minutes later on a shot into the left corner off a pass from Chel Ho Park Kim (Santander, Spain). Park Kim picked up his fourth assist of the season on the play.
Hegedus played the first 68:45 and finished with five saves for Longwood.
Ulmo earned his first assist later in the half on Dridi's third goal in two matches. Dridi got free in the 78th minute on the left side of the penalty area and buried a shot to extend Radford's lead to 3-0.
The Highlanders will look to extend their Big South start to four straight wins when they host Presbyterian College on Saturday at 6 p.m.
Longwood's next match is slated for Saturday, Oct. 6 as it travels to George Mason. Match time is slated for 7:00pm.
Late Goal Lifts Presbyterian College Over UNC Asheville, 3-2
CLINTON, S.C. - Presbyterian College men's soccer defender Newt Turk (Cornelia, Ga.) picked the perfect time to score his first career goal, heading in a corner kick with 12:03 remaining to lift the Blue Hose over visiting UNC Asheville on a rainy Wednesday night, 3-2.
PC improves to 2-1-0 in Big South Conference play on the season and 3-8-0 on the season. UNC Asheville falls to 1-10-0 overall and 0-4-0 in league action.
The Bulldogs tied the match twice after PC goals from Byron Quinatoa (Santo Domingos de los Colorados, Ecuador) and Josh Carter (Anchorage, Alaska), but the Blue Hose prevailed thanks to an Ignacio Monchetti (Montevideo, Uruguay) corner kick that met Turk's head at the top of the goal box for the game-winning score.
Each team posted seven shots on goal as PC goalkeeper Tyler Beadle (Douglasville, Ga.) stopped five shots to earn the victory.
The Bulldogs scored on goals from Rayon Gibbs and Kenneth Lingerfelt.
PC drew first blood on a Quinatoa goal in the ninth minute. Freshman Matt Manter (Irmo, S.C.) split the Bulldog back line to lead an open Quinatoa, who buried a low scorcher to put the Blue Hose ahead early. The score gave the senior his first of the season.
The Blue Hose defense held the Asheville attack at bay for most of the half, as Turk made several stops that included intercepting a dangerous cross and stopping a shot that slipped past a charging Beadle.
The Bulldogs found an equalizer with 45 seconds remaining in the half. Gibbs collected a loose ball and loosed a shot into the left side to send both teams into halftime tied, 1-1.
Carter wasted little time in giving PC back the lead, scoring 2:42 after the sides returned to the field. The sophomore netted his second of the season by deflecting a shot on goal and burying the ensuing rebound from in close to put the Blue Hose ahead, 2-1.
Asheville refused to quit, however, as Lingerfelt pulled the Bulldogs even in the 60th minute. A foul set up a free kick outside the corner of the goal box and Lingerfelt's kick found the opposite side of the net, tying up the proceedings, 2-2.
The score set the stage for Turk's eventual heroics in the 78th minute. The defender played all 90 minutes, as did Pachinno Roberts (Powder Springs, Ga.) and Brett Godwin (Suwanee, Ga.) on a tough defensive unit.
Arlington Shirley (Brandon, Miss.) made his first collegiate start and played 61 minutes on the night.
The Blue Hose continue Big South action by traveling to Radford, Va., for a Saturday evening matchup against the Radford Highlanders. The match is slated to begin at 6 p.m. and will be streamed on the Big South Network presented by State Farm.
Asheville will stay on the road as it travels to No. 15 Coastal Carolina on Oct. 6. Match time is scheduled for 7:00pm.
No. 23 High Point Plays VMI to a 0-0 Draw
Despite a 35-3 edge in shots the No. 23-ranked High Point University men's soccer team played VMI to a 0-0 tie on Wednesday night at Vert Stadium. Redshirt-freshman Kody Palmer picked up his fourth-straight shutout and his seventh of the season in the draw.
High Point controlled the run of play, but was unable to breakdown a compact VMI defense in the offensive third. The Panthers finished the game with a season-high 35 shots including 11 on frame. HPU also finished with a 19-1 edge in corner kicks. Sophomore Mamadee Nyepon led High Point on the night with 10 shots and four on goal.
High Point took control of the game 10 minutes into play as the team began to break down an organized VMI defense. Senior Shawn Sloan hit a shot from the edge of the box that ran just wide of the left post and Nyepon had a header off a corner kick that forced a diving save by VMI's Daniel Kitchen.
The Panthers held VMI without a shot until the 64th minute while continuing to pepper the Keydet goal. HPU forced seven saves in the second half while also earning nine corner kicks. With a condensed VMI defense in the box, HPU used shots from the edge of the box to test Kitchen.
High Point continued to push the game in extra time against a bunkered in VMI. The team had six shots in the two periods of extra time with two going just over the crossbar off the head of junior Adam Sewell.
Kitchen finished the contest with 11 saves for the Keydets.
Palmer made one save in the game, stopping a header shot that came off a VMI counter. The shot on goal by the Keydets was the first allowed by High Point in three games. Palmer is now second in the HPU Div. I single-season record books with seven clean sheets in the season.
High Point returns to action on Saturday, Oct. 6, when the team hits the road to face conference-foe Winthrop at 7 p.m., in Rock Hill, S.C. The Panthers will look to remain perfect away from Vert Stadium following wins at Elon and Navy. High Point is 4-14-1 all-time against the Eagles, but is coming off a 6-0 win over Winthrop at home last season.
VMI will return to pitch on Saturday, Oct. 6 as it travels to Gardner-Webb for a 2:00pm match.