Winthrop, Gardner-Webb, Radford, HPU, Longwood & Liberty Win


Winthrop Women's Soccer Beats Charleston Southern, 4-0
ROCK HILL, SC - Winthrop tied a school record for the most goals at home in a Big South Conference game (4-1 against VMI in 2005) with a 4-0 win against Charleston Southern Saturday afternoon at Eagle Field. 

The Lady Eagles improve to 5-4 overall and 2-0 in Big South play and are in the midst of a four game win streak, while the Buccaneers drop to 3-5-1 overall and 1-1 in Big South play.

Walton and Ervins' great effort resulted in Ervins first career goal in the 34th minute.  On the play, Walton earned her first career assist beating her defender to the end line before cutting her pass back to Ervins for the goal.  Ervins one touch shot came from the middle of the 6-yard box beating the goalkeeper high.

The Lady Eagles played an aggressive first half with an 8-4 edge in shots.  Winthrop forced Charleston Southern goalkeeper Caitlin Cody to make six saves in the half.  Walton and Taylor Coleman led the Lady Eagles with two shots each in the half, while Allison Lewis attempted two shots leading the way for the Buccaneers.  Amelia Henderson stopped three first half shots in net for Winthrop.

In the second half, the Lady Eagles continued their aggressive play attempting 16 shots in the half, scoring on three occasions.  The first goal of the half came in the 64th minute when Walton recorded her second assist of the afternoon in similar fashion to how she created the first goal.  Walton once again beat a defender to the end line before cutting in and playing a cross into Ariel Kunde.  Kunde's first touch took her away from the defense before she shot low to the far side of goal past Cody.

Charleston Southern had a couple of opportunities to cut into the Winthrop lead including a 68th minute attempt from Rebecca Hollstegge.  Hollstegge got on the end of a cross after a defensive mix-up, however, her headed attempted flew over the empty net.  In the 77th minute, Chelsea Frankeny's shot attempt forced Henderson to make a diving save to preserve the shutout.

Winthrop pushed two more goals across to stretch the final margin to 4-0 with goals coming from Krystyna Freda and Devin Puckett.  Freda's goal in the 76th minute was assisted by Grace Radler's team leading fifth assist of the season.  With five assists, Radler is one away from tying the Winthrop single season assist record which is currently held by three former Lady Eagles.  Puckett's goal in the 86th minute was assisted by Allie VandeWater's cross from the far side of the field.  Puckett got on the end of the cross beating Cody at the near post.  VandeWater now has 10 career assists tying her with Allison Stoltz (2003-2006) for fourth in career assists.

The Lady Eagles ended the game with a 24-11 advantage in shots.  Freda led all players with four shots in an evenly distributed Winthrop attack which saw 12 different players record a shot-on-goal.  In a losing effort, Cody still played quite well for the Buccaneers recording 13 saves on the afternoon.  Henderson ended the game with four saves for Winthrop.

The Lady Eagles will return to action on Thursday, September 27th at 7 p.m. when they conclude their five game home stretch against the High Point Panthers at Eagle Field.

Meanwhile, Charleston Southern's next match is slated for Thursday, Sept. 22 as it hosts Longwood for a 3:00pm match.

Liberty Downs UNC Asheville, Saturday
LYNCHBURG, Va. - The Liberty women's soccer team picked up its fourth straight win, Saturday afternoon, defeating Big South opponent UNC Asheville at the Campus East Fields, 2-0. In the midst of its longest win streak of the season, Liberty is now 4-0 when playing on the turf field.

With the win, the Lady Flames continue their unprecedented start to the season, improving to 8-3 and 2-0 in the Big South). Liberty also begins the conference slate 2-0 for the second consecutive year. Asheville falls to 2-8 on the season and 0-2 in conference play.

Senior defender Lauren Stell and sophomore forward Geena Swentik netted Liberty's pair of goals. While freshman forward Jaime Bouffard's three-game scoring streak came to an end, the Oswego, N.Y., native assisted on both markers. Sophomore defender Maddie Boone was also credited with a helper on the goal by Stell.

Goalkeeper Karen Blocker earned her sixth shutout of the season, adding to her Liberty career shutout record. The redshirt senior now has 17 shutouts during her career.

The contest began with five total shots in the opening 14 minutes. Liberty took three shots during the span, resulting in a pair of saves for Asheville goalkeeper Heather Muller. At the opposite end, the Bulldogs recorded two attempts, but Blocker was there to make the stop on each.

In the 16th minute, Boone came up the right side of the field and blasted a shot from just outside the box, which ricocheted off the cross bar. Bouffard picked up the loose ball on the left side, dishing it across the mouth of the goal to Stell, who tapped it in from five yards out. Stell's third goal on the season gave Liberty a 1-0 lead.

Later in the 27th minute, the Lady Flames nearly lit up the scoreboard again. With junior Megan Warner on the right side, the forward sent a crossing pass directly in front of the net to sophomore Helena Pereira. The Bristol, Conn., native leaped into the air and deflected the ball toward the net, but Muller snatched the ball just in time, preventing Liberty from scoring again before halftime.

In the second half, Brittany Aanderud tried to up the ante in the 56th minute, firing a shot at the Asheville, goal. Once again, Muller made the stop for her sixth save of the contest.

The Bulldogs answered with two shots of their own during the next six minutes of play. Shenny Lenhart made both attempts for Asheville, resulting in two more Blocker saves.

Liberty's attack intensified in the final 15 minutes. During the 77th minute, Swentik took a shot on goal, which was scooped up by Muller. Just over a minute later, the sophomore had a chance at redemption when Muller deflected a shot by Bouffard. Swentik picked up the loose ball and fired it into the net, ultimately leading to the 2-0 final. The forward's marker was her second of the season.

Liberty outshot Asheville in the contest, 21-9, while the Bulldogs held a 3-2 advantage in corner kicks. Muller played the entire contest for the visitors, finishing with eight saves. Blocker closed out the contest with four stops.

The Lady Flames hit the road for the first time in nearly three and half weeks, Thursday, continuing conference play against Coastal Carolina. Game time is slated for 7 p.m.

Asheville's next game is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 27 as it hosts VMI.  Match time is slated for 3:00pm.

Radford Defeats Campbell for First League Win of 2012
RADFORD, VA. - Three different Highlanders scored and junior Che' Brown (Manassas Park, Va./Manassas Park) made five saves as Radford women's soccer blanked Campbell, 3-0, in Big South Conference action on Saturday afternoon from Cupp Memorial Stadium.

Sahar Aflaki (Gainsville, Va./Battlefield), freshman Kim Harkins' (Virginia Beach, Va./Cox) and senior Megan Rhodes (Blacksburg, Va./Blacksburg) found the back of the net for the Highlanders (5-2-1, 1-0-1 Big South) and Brown recorded her third shutout of season as Radford is undefeated (4-0-1) in its last five contests.
The victory, which gave Radford a four-point Big South-opening weekend, also snapped the Camels' (6-2-1, 1-1-0) four-match winning streak.

Ryann Torrero, who was pressured all match by the Highlanders, made eight saves for the Camels.
Set up by a long an accurate punt by Brown Aflaki put the Highlanders on the board in the 13th minute. Following the punt, junior Julie Ruh'e (Monrovia, Md./Urbana) gathered it, sent a perfect ball to Aflaki, who dribbled around the keeper and finished easily for her first strike of the season.

Right before the half Harkins extended Radford's lead to 2-0 on a shot from 25 yards out with 1:15 left on the clock. Torrero  misplayed the short hop and it rolled over her and across the line for Harkins' second goal of the season.

After a couple of early scoring attempts by Ruh'e to start the second half, Campbell had its best chance to get on the board in the 56th minute. Following the Camels' first corner kick of the match, Michelle Procaccini settled the service on the far side of the box and rung a hard shot of the crossbar and out of play.

Rhodes put the match away with her second score of 2012 with just under five minutes to play. She headed home Mary Wiley's (Radford, Va./Radford) hard service after Wiley's initial corner kick was cleared right back to her.

The Highlanders outshot the Camels, 21-14 and held a 5-2 advantage in corner kicks. Ruh'e charted a match-best five shots, while Campbell's Procaccini recorded four.

Radford hits the road for its next two conference matches taking on Presbyterian (7:00) and UNC Asheville (2:00) on Sept. 27 and 29. Campbell remains on the road next Thursday for a match at Gardner-Webb at 7:00 p.m.

Hooe Heads in Game-Winner as Gardner-Webb Battles to 1-0 Home Win over Coastal Carolina Saturday
Boiling Springs, N.C. - Freshman forward Shelby Hooe scored what proved to be the game winning goal on a header at the 63:30 mark and Gardner-Webb held on to win 1-0 at home versus Coastal Carolina on Saturday afternoon.
The win for Gardner-Webb (2-7, 1-1) marks the first home victory of the 2012 season, as the Runnin' Bulldogs also picked up their first conference win of the season Saturday.
Hooe's third goal of the season came on her only shot attempt of the game, as Hooe (Mechanicsville, Va.) took a brilliant cross from fellow Runnin' Bulldog freshman Tori James (Fayetteville, Ga.), who struck the ball from wide left all the way across the box to the right side of the Chanticleer goal.
An unmarked Hooe, stood waiting on the backside of the goal, getting a good head on the ball to bury it past Chanticleer keeper Megan Spencer and give the Runnin' Bulldogs a 1-0 lead with 27:30 to play in the second half.
The Gardner-Webb defense took it from there, weathering an aggressive Coastal Carolina effort which produced 11 shots in the second half alone. In just her tenth career start, sophomore goalkeeper Amy Schmitt (Waxhaw, N.C.) gave GWU perhaps the best effort of her young career, collecting eight saves to keep the Chanticleers off the board in earning her second career shutout.
Coastal Carolina (3-6, 0-2) controlled the pace of play early in the first half as an efficient effort by the Chanticleers in the opening period limited possession time for the Runnin' Bulldogs. A strong CCU backline was able to quell threatening GWU runs early, as Gardner-Webb produced two opening period shots compared with six for the Chanticleers.
Gardner-Webb was tested early by the Chanticleers. CCU's Alyssa Clark put a shot on goal just three minutes into the contest, but Schmitt saved her attempt.
The Runnin' Bulldogs responded by earning a corner kick in the 10th minute. Freshman Brooke Kelly's (Lawrenceville, Ga.) attempt came out of the box to freshman defender Whitley Bowman (Damascus, Md.), who put a good foot on the ball to force Spencer to make the save.
GWU's defensive backline was solid, holding the Chanticleers' bids for breakaway runs for much of the match. Sophomore Addison Abee (Charlotte, N.C.) played well in the middle in her 27th consecutive start for the Runnin' Bulldogs, leading a backline of Ele Margelos (North Potomac, Md.), Brianna Fraire (Clemmons, N.C.), and Bowman in keeping the Coastal Carolina off the board.
A 25th minute shot attempt by CCU's Kacey Kelley was blocked away by a collapsing Gardner-Webb defense.
Coastal Carolina appeared poised to break through in the 36th minute off a quick throw in for the Chanticleers. Kelley was on the receiving end, and got behind the GWU defense for a one v. one opportunity with Schmitt. Pressure from Bowman and Abee forced Kelley to shoot, and Schmitt slid to deflect the shot attempt away to keep the score knotted at 0-0 entering halftime.
The Chanticleers came out firing in the second half, increasing its attempts at offensive opportunities early. A heads-up play by Abee stopped a dangerous CCU run in the 49th minute, as the sophomore stepped in front of a pass intended for Fia Jonsson and abate a numbers opportunity for the visitors.
Shots on goal from the Chanticleers' Kelley (47th minute), Miki Antzoulatos (47th minute), and Kelley once again (51st minute) pressured GWU defensively, but Schmitt saved each to keep the match scoreless.
Physical play coming out of the break from freshman forward Tara Woelfel (Thurmont, Md.) helped get the Runnin' Bulldog offense rolling. The freshman used nifty footwork and excellent body control to produce effective runs.
Gardner-Webb got some help thanks to solid play from Nichole Poppe (Youngsville, N.C.), another physical freshman forward. A nice run by Poppe allowed her to get a cross off in close, by Spencer came out of the goal to get two hands on the ball and keep the Runnin' Bulldogs off the board.
In the 58th minute, Woelfel produced the best scoring opportunity up that point for the Runnin' Bulldogs. Woelfel took a pass in space from outside the box, and fired a shot toward the left side of the goal. Spencer laid out for the save, as Gardner-Webb began to work some magic on the offensive end.
After another Woelfel shot attempt in the 63rd minute, Gardner-Webb was able to capitalize on its fifth shot attempt of the day when James connected with Hooe at the 63:30 mark. The freshman connection put the Runnin' Bulldogs up 1-0 with 27:30 to go in the match, allowing Gardner-Webb to play more conservatively and concentrate on its defensive efforts.
Coastal Carolina searched frantically for the equalizer, testing the bend-not-break approach employed by the GWU backline with more runs late in the match. CCU's Camille Christie got a shot off in the 71st minute, but Schmitt's seventh save of the contest kept the Runnin' Bulldogs in front.
Amid a frenzy of late second half substitutions to keep fresh legs in attack mode, Coastal Carolina produced a threatening offensive look in the 81st minute when Ali Morin forced Schmitt to make her eighth save of the match, but the sophomore GWU keeper stepped up to stop the ball and keep the score at 1-0 in favor of Gardner-Webb.
After substituting goalkeepers at the 85:32 mark, a final effort mounted by CCU in the game's waning minutes nearly produced a one v. one opportunity for the Chanticleers, but Schmitt hit the turf to secure the ball and help the Runnin' Bulldogs hold on for the win.
Hooe, the leading scorer for the Runnin' Bulldogs this season, scored her third goal of the year with her header in the 64th minute. James produced her first assist  of the season as well as her career to put Hooe in position to score her second game-winner this season.
Gardner-Webb was also led offensively by Woelfel's two shot attempts (one on goal).
Schmitt collected her second win of the season, improving her saves count to 55 on the season. Spencer recorded two saves in taking the loss for Coastal Carolina.
Gardner-Webb stays in conference and at home to host Campbell on Thursday, September 27 in another Big South Conference showdown.

Meanwhile, Coastal Carolina will host Liberty on Thursday, Sept. 17.  Game time is scheduled for 7:00pm.

Longwood Defeats Big South Opponent Presbyterian 2-1 in OT
FARMVILLE, Va. -- Longwood University won its second consecutive Big South Conference women's soccer match Saturday afternoon, taking a 2-1 home win in overtime past Presbyterian College at the Athletics Complex in Farmville.  Junior Kelsey Pardue|Henrico (Hermitage) scored the exciting game-winning goal in the fifth minute of OT for the Lancers (7-3, 2-0 Big South), unassisted, and sophomore Kylie Dyer|Farmville (Prince Edward) added the first goal against the Blue Hose (0-9, 0-2 Big South), assisted by senior captain Lindsey Ottavio|Fairfax (W.T. Woodson).  The league triumph was also the 200th career coaching victory for 19th-year head coach Todd Dyer '93 (200-122-20).   
Longwood and Presbyterian were scoreless at the intermission before Kylie Dyer, the daughter of the head coach, received a nice ball into the box from Ottavio and promptly finished to the left corner of the net at 50:46 for the 1-0 advantage.  It was Dyer's second goal this season, and the third assist for Ottavio.  The Blue Hose, however, battled back and were able to tie it at 1-1 on a goal from Brittany Whitson at 65:57.  The Lancers nearly won it at the end of regulation but missed an opportunity from point-blank range in the 89th minute. Pardue, who had two goals and two assists on Thursday, tallied the game-winner at 94:59 when she dribbled up the middle through traffic and shot successfully to the right upper 90 to give Coach Dyer his 200th coaching win.
Longwood took a 14-7 advantage in shots, and it was 6-4 in attempts on goal, while a 9-1 margin on corner kicks.  Ottavio had four shots, three on goal, and Kylie Dyer added two shots, one on goal, to lead Longwood.  How appropriate that Kylie Dyer scored a goal on this special day for her father.  Senior keeper Kyra Byron|Richmond (Mills E. Godwin) played the duration in front of the net with three saves for the Lancers.
Presbyterian had seven shots from seven different players, while keeper Jordan Broadway played the duration for the Blue Hose with four saves.
Longwood and Presbyterian were playing for the fourth time in the sport of women's soccer, and the Blue Hose still lead the series, 2-1-1.
It was also Joshua Bolt Day as the Longwood women's soccer program recognized Joshua and the Bolt family during a special pre-game ceremony, and dedicated the match against Presbyterian to Joshua.

Longwood will play again on Thursday, September 27, on the road at Big South member Charleston Southern University in Charleston, South Carolina at 3 p.m.

Presbyterian College will remain in conference play as it hosts Radford on Thursday, Sept. 27 for a 7:00pm match.

Keydets Drop Home Conference Match to High Point, 5-0
LEXINGTON, Va. - The High Point Panthers broke open a close match with three second-half goals, two by Jenny Butler, and went on to defeat the VMI Keydets, 5-0, in Big South women's soccer action Saturday afternoon at VMI's Patchin Field.

After High Point (2-4-5, 1-0-1 Big South) took a 2-0 lead to halftime, Butler scored the first of her two goals in the 48th minute, a high, arching shot from 25 yards out. She would go on to add a second in the 54th minute, and the visitors notched the final score of the game in the 71st minute of the contest.

In addition to Butler, Taylor Parker had two goals and Jacky Kessler chipped in two assists for HPU. VMI (1-7, 0-2 BSC) had five second-half saves from its goalkeepers, playing two goalies during the game once again, and was led by Liz Affronti's two shots in the setback.

High Point had several chances early, but it was VMI's Affronti who posted the first official shot of the match, hitting a header wide left off a free kick in the 6th minute. The visitors then had chances in the 7th and 13th minutes, hitting crosses well into the box on each occasion, but VMI keeper Mackenzie Harrmann was able to cut off each pass and prevent any shots.

The Panthers got on the board in the 18th minute, when a Kelli Joline shot from the top of the box eluded Harrmann low, putting HPU up, 1-0. Kessler was credited with the assist on the play. HPU's Janay Whittaker then hit the post in the 22nd minute, and the Keydets counterattacked with a shot on goal by Bridgette Pouliot at 25:16. The VMI attempt, however, was stopped by High Point keeper Ivy Cocklereece.

The visitors struck again in the 30th minute, when Parker won the ball off a scrum 20 yards out and quickly lofted a shot toward goal. The ball found the back of the net just over Harrmann's left hand, giving High Point a 2-0 advantage. Harrmann was then able to make her first save of the match in the 34th minute, and the majority of the High Point shots shifted outside as the half drew to a close, with HPU still leading, 2-0.

That lead quickly grew just 2:32 into the second half, when Butler settled a loose ball and lofted a shot into the upper portion of the net, scoring from 25 yards out in the middle of the field and putting High Point ahead, 3-0.

Harrmann, however, stopped a Parker shot just 34 seconds later, and the Keydets had one of their best chances in the 50th minute. Off an Affronti corner kick, the ball was deflected in the box. It eventually went off the post and was played outside, where Erica Putney got a shot away that was stopped by Cocklereese, keeping the score 3-0.

Just four minutes later, Butler scored again on a virtually identical play to her 48th minute goal. It was a high, lofting shot for her third score of the season, making it a 4-0 contest. Kirsten Hancock relieved Harrmann, and got some help from her teammates in the 60th minute, when HPU's Whittaker looked to have a sure goal on a shot from five yards out, just to Hancock's right. A Keydet defender cut in behind Hancock, however, and deflected the shot away for a team save.

High Point wrapped up the scoring in the 71st minute, as Parker scored off a Kessler helper to account for the final margin. The Keydets had one more chance after a pair of corner kicks in the 78th minute, but a Courtney Mason try went wide and the final score was 5-0, High Point.

The final stats showed High Point with a 26-5 shot advantage, with the VMI goalkeepers combining for five saves, three by Hancock in just over 36 minutes of action. Each team attempted six corner kicks on the afternoon.

VMI women's soccer will return to action Thursday, as the Keydets open a two-match road trip by facing the UNC Asheville Bulldogs. Game time in Asheville, N.C. is set for 3 p.m.

High Point's next match is slated for Thursday, Sept. 27 as it travels to Winthrop.  Kickoff is slated for 7:00pm.