Radford and Liberty Kick In Soccer Wins on Sunday
Highlanders Blank Delaware State, 1-0
DOVER, Del. - Junior Julie Ruh'e (Monrovia, Md./Urbana) scored in the 13th minute and junior Che' Brown (Manassas Park, Va./Manassas Park) made three saves as Radford women's soccer earned a 1-0 shutout on the road at Delaware State, Sunday afternoon from Alumni Stadium.
Ruh'e's lone tally of the match followed one of the Highlanders' (3-2) three corner kicks. Sophomore Kara Nay (Montclair, Va./Forest Park) corralled the ball and found Ruh'e, who buried the game winner from 10 yards out. It was the striker's first goal of the season, while Nay's assist came less than 48 hours after her game-winner against Old Dominion on Friday night.
All three of Brown's saves came after goal, including two in the first half. It was the keeper's second clean sheet of the season and 16th of her career, third all-time at Radford.
The Highlanders outshot the Hornets (0-3), 15-6 and held a 3-2 advantage in corner kicks. Junior Rachel Conway (Kitchener, Ontario, Canada/Forest Heights Collegiate) paced Radford with four shots, while Ruh'e and senior Mary Wiley (Radford, Va./Radford) attempted three apiece.
Katelyn Koslowsky made seven saves for Delaware State.
Radford returns home on Friday, Sept. 7 and closes out its non-conference schedule hosting Southern Virginia at 7:00 p.m.
Penalty Kick Gives Liberty Win over Old Dominion
NORFOLK, Va. - The Liberty women's soccer team extended its win streak to three games, Sunday afternoon, defeating Old Dominion at the ODU Soccer Complex, 1-0. The victory over the Lady Monarch's is the program's first since the series began in 2005. Prior to Sunday's contest, Old Dominion held a 5-0 advantage in the series.
Liberty scored its lone goal on a Lauren Stell penalty kick after a foul inside the box in the 59th minute. With the tally, Stell notched her second goal of the season, tying her with freshman forward Crystal Elmers for the team lead in goals (2) and points (5).
Liberty goalkeeper Karen Blocker finished the contest with three saves and recorded her third-straight shutout. The Bowie, Md., native now has four shutouts on the season and 15 for her Liberty career, tying her with Natalie Mayer (2001-04) for the program's all-time record.
With the win, Liberty moves to 4-2 on the season, marking the best six-game start in the program's 24-year history. Prior to this year, Liberty had not recorded more than three wins in its first six games of a season. The Lady Monarchs' loss drops them to 1-4 on the year.
Liberty outshot ODU in the first period, 8-5. Seven of the Lady Flames eight attempts occurred in the opening 31 minutes. Beginning in the 24th minute, Liberty posted three shots on goal within a near five and half minute span. Stell, along with freshmen Jaime Bouffard and Crystal Elmers each fired shots at the ODU net, but goalkeeper Laura Bush was there to thwart the trio of attempts.
During the span, Lady Monarch's midfielder Jessie Klamut booted a shot of her own at the Liberty net in the 25th minute. However, Blocker made the play to collect her first save of the contest.
Stell closed out the period with one final attempt on goal in the 41st minute. Once again, Bush was there to stop the senior's blast, keeping the contest scoreless at halftime.
Liberty intensified its offensive attack in the second period, outshooting the Lady Monarchs, 11-5. Sophomore midfielder Maddie Boone continued the trend from the opening period, airmailing an attempt at the ODU net in the 53rd minute. Bush corralled the shot, picking up her fifth save of the contest. Less than three minute later, Elmers tried to put the Lady Flames on the board, but her shot was blocked.
Following a foul inside the box in the 59th minute, Liberty set up for a penalty kick. Stell took the shot for Liberty, placing it past Bush and into the net to put Liberty ahead, 1-0.
The Lady Flames closed out the period with three more shots on net by Rebekah Page, Heather Bentley and Britanny Aanderud, respectively. Bush stopped all three attempts, but the ODU offense was unable to even things up on the opposite end, paving the way for the Liberty victory.
Liberty outshot ODU in the contest, 19-10 and held a 7-2 advantage in corner kicks. Like Blocker, Bush played the full 90 minutes in goal for the Lady Monarchs, making nine saves on the afternoon.
The Lady Flames return home on Friday for its first-ever meeting versus BIG EAST member Pittsburgh. Due to renovations at the Matthes-Hopkins Track Complex, the contest will take place at the Campus East Athletics Fields. Game time is slated for 7 p.m.
Longwood Falls on the Road at Appalachian State, 3-0
FARMVILLE, Va. -- Longwood University dropped a 3-0 non-conference women's soccer decision on the road at Appalachian State University of the Southern Conference Sunday afternoon in Boone, North Carolina. The Lancers (3-2) trailed just 1-0 at the intermission before lightening in the area delayed the start of the second half that witnessed the Mountaineers (2-3) adding two more goals. Longwood will play again on Sunday, September 9, on the road again at UMBC of the America East Conference in Baltimore, Maryland beginning at 1 p.m.
Appalachian State received its first-half goal from Samantha Childress, assisted by both Kate Ward and Nicole Steyl at 31:43. The Mountaineers added second-half goals by Ward, assisted by Merlin Beckwith at 73:48, and Julia Holz closed the scoring at 86:10, assisted by Taylor Dunlap.
ASU took a 25-10 advantage in shots, though only at 9-2 in attempts on goal, and the Mountaineers had a 4-1 edge in corner kicks. Junior Kelsey Pardue|Henrico (Hermitage) had three shots, while senior captain Lindsey Ottavio|Fairfax (W.T. Woodson) and sophomore Samantha Phillips|Chesapeake (Grassfield) each added two shots for Longwood. Senior keeper Kyra Byron|Richmond (Mills. E. Godwin) played the duration in front of the net for the Lancers with six saves.
Holz had seven shots to lead ASU, while keeper Megan Roberson played the duration for the Mountaineers with two saves while posting the shutout.
Longwood and ASU were playing for the ninth time in the sport of women's soccer as the Mountaineers now lead the series at 7-2.
Coastal Women Fall to Wofford
CONWAY - The Coastal Carolina women's soccer team dropped a 2-1 decision to Wofford Sunday afternoon at the CCU Soccer Field.
Freshman midfielder Camille Christie scored the lone goal for the Chanticleers, who fell to 2-3-0 on the season.
Christie scored off a free kick from 35 yards out in the 13th minute to give the Chants a 1-0 lead. Christie's high boot from the right wing sailed just over the leaping Wofford goalkeeper into the top left corner of the net for her first career goal. She became the seventh different Chanticleer to notch a goal this season.
Coastal possessed the ball in Wofford's defensive half for much of the first 25 minutes, but was unable to add to the lead.
The Terriers (3-1-0) tied the game in the 35th minute when a shot from 25 yards out by Maggie Bosley found the top corner.
Neither team was able to create many good scoring opportunities in the second half until Wofford's Annika Jansson scored the deciding goal in the 84th minute. Taking a through-pass near the penalty box, she put a low shot into the right corner.
The Chants' best chance to tie it came with just under three minutes to play, when junior forward Cisca Okoko made a run up the left side and took a long shot that sailed wide.
Coastal finished the game with a 10-7 advantage in shots, with Okoko taking three and senior forward Ashley Day recording two.
Wofford had a 6-2 edge in shots on goal.
The Chants next travel to The Citadel for a 4 p.m. game on Friday, September 7. They then host UNC Wilmington on September 13 for their final non-conference game.
UNC Asheville Women's Soccer Falls To Albany, 6-3
ASHEVILLE, N.C. - Heading into halftime tied at one goal apiece the University of Albany and UNC Asheville combined for seven second half goals, as the Great Danes were able to pull out a 6-3 victory over the Bulldogs at Greenwood Field on Sunday afternoon.
With the setback the Blue & White fall to 1-4-0 on the season while Albany improves to 1-2-1.
Shayla Bergeron posted three goals for the Great Danes, with teammate Allison Carhart chipping in two to the Albany total. Lily Honor had the final goal for Albany, who pick up their first win of the season.
Amanda Dailor, Kaitlyn Eckert and Shenny Lenhart each posted goals for the Bulldogs, who scored three times on 20 shot attempts.
Bergeron scored the first goal of the match in the fourth minute, when she put home a cross from Maggie DeVerna to give the Great Danes the early lead. The Bulldogs answered in the 26th minute, when Dailor launched a shot from 30 yards out that went through the arms of the outstretched keeper.
Albany struck quickly in the second half, as Bergeron took advantage of an Asheville turnover and chipped in a shot over the keep to increase the Great Danes' lead to 2-1 in the 52nd minute.
Kaitlyn Eckert evened the match in the 56th minute at two goals apiece, scoring on a cross from Kristen Phelps. Phelps had gotten by here defender on the left side and crossed the ball in front of the face of the goal to a wide open Eckert, who put it home.
Bergeron picked up her third goal of the match in with 23:26 left on the clock, forcing a turnover in the box and converting from eight yards out to put Albany up 3-2.
Carhart posted her two goals within six minutes of each other, scoring on a one-on-one with the keeper in the 71st minute and then launching a shot from 18 yards out that sailed into the upper right corner of the goal in the 77th minute.
Honor got in on the action in the 86th minute, scoring on a cross from Carhart to give Alabany a 6-2 lead.
Lenhart recorded her goal in the final minute of play, taking possession from outside of the keeper's box, dribbling to the right side of the field and then hitting the upper left corner of the goal from 20 yards out to cut the lead to 6-3.
Asheville will be back in action on Thursday, Sept. 6, when the Bulldogs travel to Greenville, S.C., to take on the Paladins of Furman. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
Presbyterian College Women's Soccer Falls to Furman, 2-0
CLINTON, S.C. - The Presbyterian College women's soccer team dropped a rare Sunday night contest against the visiting Furman Paladins at Edens Field at Martin Stadium, falling by a 2-0 score.
PC moves to 0-5-0 while Furman improves to 4-1-0.
A pair of Stephanie DeVita goals in the 11th and 34th minutes proved enough for the Paladins to take the win. The first clanged off the crossbar and in while the Paladin tucked the second low and into the right side of the next.
PC bottled up the potent Furman attack for much of the game, including shutting out the visitors in the second half. Alice Blackwell (Marietta, Ga.) stymied several Paladin runs, as did freshman Hannah Gaither (Statesville, N.C.). Sunday's result marks the fewest Furman goals against PC since a 1-0 loss on September 4, 2008.
Blue Hose freshman goalkeeper Sydney Fontenot (Austin, Texas, pictured above) made her first career start and stopped 10 shots, with six coming in the final 45 minutes.
PC's best chance came from a long free kick in the 35th minute. Stephanie Allen (Augusta, Ga.) launched a ball that nearly found its way into the net, but a Furman defender on the goal line kicked the chance away.
Sophie Cobb (Columbia, S.C.) also fired a shot on goal in the 20th minute and Tori Lopez (Snellville, Ga.) added one in the 51st minute.
The Blue Hose stay at home for their next match, a Thursday evening non-conference match against the Jacksonville Dolphins. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.