Women's Soccer Picks Up Four Wins on Friday

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Longwood Defeats East Tennessee State, 2-1
FARMVILLE, Va. -- Longwood University took a 2-1 non-conference women's soccer victory at home past visiting East Tennessee State University of Atlantic Sun Conference Friday afternoon at the Athletics Complex in Farmville.  Freshman Bridget Bergquist|Bristow (Brentsville) scored the game-winning goal unassisted in the 69th minute for the Lancers (5-2), and sophomore Samantha Phillips|Chesapeake (Grassfield) added the opening goal in the 22nd minute, assisted by senior captain Lindsey Ottavio|Fairfax (W.T. Woodson) against the Lady Buccaneers (6-2).  Longwood will play on the road again on Sunday, September 16, at non-league opponent Cleveland State University of the Horizon League in Ohio at 1 p.m.
   
Longwood and ETSU battled early before Phillips finished a pass in the box from Ottavio to the right post at 21:37.  It was the second goal of the season for Phillips, and the first assist of the fall by Ottavio.  Just prior to the first goal, junior Kelsey Pardue|Henrico (Hermitage) had just missed on a scoring opportunity when her shot hit the right post but rolled away from the goal area.  It remained 1-0 at the intermission and for 20-plus minutes into the second half before the Lady Bucs were credited with an own goal at 66:35 when a free kick was inadvertently deflected backwards into the net.  Bergquist entered the match off the bench and promptly collected a loose ball in the box and beat the keeper with her shot to the left-side of the net at 68:56 for the game-winner, and her first collegiate goal.
   
Each team took eight shots during the well-played match, and ETSU had a slight 6-5 edge in attempts on goal, though Longwood had an 8-4 advantage in corner kicks.  Phillips, Bergquist, and Ottavio were among five Lancers with single shot attempts on goal.  Senior keeper Kyra Byron|Richmond (Mills. E. Godwin) played the duration in front of the net with five saves toward the triumph.
   
Emilee Engelhaupt, Ramey Kerns, and Lucy Goffe each had two shots for ETSU, while keeper Kara Krajenta played the duration for the Lady Bucs with three saves.
   
Longwood and ETSU were playing for just the second time in the sport of women's soccer as the young series is now tied at 1-1.

Clark Leads Campbell Past Louisiana-Lafayette at Catamount Classic
Cullowhee, N.C. - Sophomore Ashley Clark continued to climb the Campbell record book Friday, as her two goals helped lead the Fighting Camels (4-1-1) to a 4-0 win over the Ragin' Cajuns of Louisiana-Lafayette (4-4-0) in the Catamount Classic.

Clark is 8th in the records for career goals, now with 17, scoring six in 2012. She is the 9th-leading points-earner of all-time with 43, and is tied for 7th with Fuzzy Robertson for most shots at 131. Senior goalkeeper Ryann Torrero is also moving up the ranks, as she is now is 4th in line for career saves with 171.

The first shot of the Catamount Classic came from Campbell senior Cissy Nitz for her first try of the season, but UL keeper Amanda Moorefield was able to make the stop.

Torrero recorded her first save of the match in the 22nd minute off of a shot from Cajun Hayden Gibson.
 
The Camels continued to dominate possession in the half, as sophomore Michelle Proccacini and junior Caitlin Schneider had one and two shots on-goal, respectively, but each time the score was denied by Moorefield.

Clark netted her fifth goal of the season in the 29th minute of play.  For her first assist on the year, Nitz threaded a pass into the box, and Clark had an open look at the goal, hitting the ball past Moorefield.
 
The Ragin' Cajuns' final two shots of the half from Shelby Isley and Brooke Gros were stopped by Torrero. The keeper finished with three saves in the first period.

Campbell was awarded a corner kick in the 36th minute of the first half. After the ball had been knocked around, Proccacini was able to settle it and connect the back door pass to classmate Alexis Prada. Prada collected the pass and put it in the back of the net, earning her first goal of 2012.
 
The Fighting Camels ended the first half with seven shots, six which were on goal. The team also tallied five corner kicks, while UL wasn't awarded any. The Cajuns recorded three shots, all on-goal.

To start the second half, the Campbell took the first shot only 41 seconds into the period. Prada had her second shot of the game, but this time Moorefield was able to make the stop.
 
In the following ten minutes, UL took six shots in a row, three coming in the 56th minute. Torrero registered two saves, while the other attempts flew wide and high.

The Camels were given another corner kick in the 62nd minute, which set up the next score. Clark launched the ball into the box, and senior Taylor Brown connected at the top of the penalty area for her third goal of the season.
 
Campbell freshman goalkeeper Samantha Lawson replaced Torrero in the 63rd minute, making her first appearance of the season. She was tested less than a minute later by UL's Isley, but Lawson was able to make her first save as a Camel.

The teams continued to fight in the midfield until the 71st minute, when Gibson had a try on Campbell's net, but Lawson got in front for her second save.
 
The next shot for the Camels was off the foot of freshman Kaleigh Rowlands, but the try was contained by Moorefield.

To finish the game, Clark took three back-to-back shots in the 89th minute. After one was saved, and the second strayed wide, the forward finally scored after Moorefield came off her line. Clark beat her on one-on-one and had an open look to the back of the net.
 
Campbell finished the game with 10 shots on-goal and 13 total tries. The Ragin' Cajuns totaled 16 shots, with only seven on goal.

The Fighting Camels will continue play in the Catamount Classic Sunday at 2:30 p.m. as they take on tournament host Western Carolina in Campbell's final game before Big South Conference play begins.

Winthrop's Krystyna Freda Scores Two Goals In 2-0 Win Over Francis Marion
ROCK HILL, SC - Krystyna Freda scored a goal in each half to lead the Winthrop women's soccer team to a 2-0 victory over Francis Marion Friday evening at Eagle Field.

Winthrop improves its record to 3-4 overall with the victory, while the Patriots fall to 4-3-1 overall on the year.

Defensively, the Lady Eagles earned their second straight shutout, while only allowing Francis Marion to attempt seven shots in the game.  In attack, Winthrop took 21 shots on the evening creating two goals and forcing Patriot goalkeeper Taylor O'Berry to make eight saves on the night.

In the first half the Lady Eagles got on the board in the 6th minute.  Grace Radler picked up her teaming leading third assist of the season on a through ball to Freda.  Freda found herself in behind the defense and one on one with O'Berry who charged out on the play.  With her first touch, Freda chipped the ball over the top of O'Berry from the edge of the 18 yard-box.

Francis Marion's best attempt of the first half came from Yasmin Butler.  Her shot in the 33rd minute from 25 yards out was well struck forcing Winthrop goalkeeper Ameila Hnderson to make a diving save moving to her right.

Winthrop had an 11-3 advantage in shots at halftime.  Freda and Allie VandeWater each had two shots in the first half.  Henderson made two first half saves, while her counterpart Taylor O'Berry made five saves in the half.  Butler led the Patriots with two shots.

In the second half Winthrop continued its aggressive play attempting ten shots in the half.  However, Henderson was called into action in the 60th minute.  Sandy Odembo took one of Francis Marion's seven second half corner kicks, on the play the ball fell to Elizabeth Asare's at the edge of the 6 yard-box.  In a crowd of players Asare attempted a shot on goal forcing a save from Henderson to preserve the lead for the Lady Eagles.

Winthrop added its second goal in the 71st minute.  Freda lined up over a free kick from 23 yards out, while O'Berry was still trying to get her defense and wall set, Freda took the free kick quick catching the Patriots off guard. 

Freda led all players with four shots on the evening and two shots on goal.  Butler and Brittany Smith each had two shots for Francis Marion.  The Lady Eagles finished the game with a 21-7 advantage in shots.  Henderson finished the game with three saves in net for Winthrop while earning her second consecutive shutout.

Winthrop will be back in action on Thursday, September 20 at 7 p.m. when it opens up its conference schedule against Coastal Carolina at Eagle Field.

Blocker Breaks Shutout Record in 1-0 Victory
LYNCHBURG, Va. - Liberty women's soccer goalkeeper Karen Blocker made history, Friday night, collecting her 16th career shutout in the Lady Flames 1-0 victory over George Washington. The netminder now holds the school record for the most shutouts, surpassing Natalie Mayer (2001-04).

The game-winning goal came from the head of freshman Jamie Bouffard, who made the play in the 64th minute following a Megan Warner crossing pass. The header marked Bouffard's first goal in her collegiate career.

With the win at the Campus East Fields, Liberty moves to 5-3 on the season, its best eight-game start, while the Colonials fall to 3-4.

The Lady Flames outshot George Washington in the opening period, 5-4, and held a 6-2 advantage in corner kicks.

Blocker made three saves in the first 45 minutes, thwarting attempts by Meg Murphy and Ariana Moya. George Washington goalkeeper Nicole Fasano also made two stops during the period, corralling long-range blasts from freshman Rebekah Page and senior Lauren Stell to keep the game scoreless at halftime.

In the second period, Bouffard nearly put the Lady Flames on the board midway through the 52nd minute. Breaking away from a Colonials defender, the freshman angled a shot at the right side of the net, but the attempt went just wide of the post. Just over two minutes later, Moya took her third shot on goal, but once again Blocker was there to make the stop, preventing the Colonials from taking the advantage.

Bouffard found the net for the lone goal in the 64th minute. Carrying the ball down the right side, Warner sent a crossing pass from outside the box to Bouffard, who executed a diving header and placed it into the right corner for the 1-0 lead.

The Lady Flames took four more shots on goal, with Fasano there to make the play on each of them. In the 87th minute, Brittany Aanderud nearly gave Liberty an insurance goal. The midfielder booted the ball off a free kick. Fasano dove for the ball and bobbled it before finally securing it, preventing the Liberty offense from following up on the play.

Alex Neal took the final shot for the Colonials in the 89th minute, but Blocker made the stop, eventually leading to the netminder's 16th career shutout and the 1-0 victory.

Liberty outshot George Washington in the contest, 13-10, and held an 11-2 advantage in corner kicks. Blocker played the entire contest in the net for Liberty, finishing with seven stops. Fasano also played the full contest in between the pipes, making seven saves for the Colonials.

Liberty returns to action on Sunday to host South Carolina State. Game time at the Campus East Fields is slated for 2 p.m.

Lady Bucs Battle to 1-1 Tie Against Georgia Southern
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Toni Lashley found the back of the net for the second time this season and nearly found Allison Lewis for the game-winner in the closing minutes of regulation, but a huge save by Georgia Southern keeper Katie Merson kept the teams even as CSU and the Eagles settled for the 1-1 tie this afternoon at Buccaneer Field.

Lashley, who has scored in back-to-back games after scoring her first goal of the 2012 season this past weekend against Francis Marion, evened the score for the Lady Bucs (2-3-1) as the junior forward collected the long pass off the foot of goalkeeper Caitlin Cody. Lashley lifted the ball from the right corner of the box, past the charging GSU (4-1-3) keeper and curved it under the crossbar and into the net to even the score at the 25:42 mark.

Lashley also provided the fireworks late as Charleston Southern almost pulled of the late win, collecting a perfect through ball in the left corner and threaded a pass to Lewis in front of the net with a one-on-one opportunity against Merson. However, Merson was able to get a full-body on Lewis' shot attempt, denying the go-ahead goal to send the teams into overtime.

Georgia Southern was able to take the early lead less than 10 minutes into the contest on the first corner kick of the match as Nora El-Shami lofted a ball into the box for the Eagles. The ball was deflected several times as CSU attempted to clear the ball and landed at the feet of Emily Hirano. She pounced and laced a ball through the defense and into the back of the net at the 9:59 mark for the first score of the contest.

The Eagles threatened several times to score the golden goal as Georgia Southern launched four shots at the net, and nearly put the game away on Alex Murphy's attempt from the top of the box. Her shot at the 93:48 mark sailed toward the top of the net, but Cody was able to get a hand on the ball, lifting it up and over the crossbar to keep the score knotted up at 1 apiece.

In the second overtime, El-Shami challenged the CSU defense twice, with both her shots collected by Cody, before the Buccaneers took control late in the period. The Lady Bucs held control on the GSU side of the field for a majority of the final five minutes of the match, but were unable to get a clean look at goal as the teams settled for the 1-1 tie.

For the contest, Georgia Southern outshot the Buccaneers 23-7 from the field, but Cody kept the Buccaneers in the game, recording a season-high 14 saves in the match in the tie, in addition to recording her first collegiate assist.

Charleston Southern remains home as the Buccaneers welcome The Citadel Bulldogs to Buccaneer Field on Monday, September 17th. The game will be a full 90-minute match after the two teams were forced to reschedule following their lightning-delayed match on August 17th. Kickoff between the two teams is set for 3 p.m.

High Point Battles Elon to 1-1 Draw
The High Point University women's soccer team came back from a halftime deficit to tie Elon, 1-1, on junior Becca Hemby's fifth goal of the season Friday night at Vert Stadium. HPU outshot the Phoenix 26-9 overall and 25-3 in the second half and extra time.
 
The first half saw both teams battling to maintain possession of the ball. High Point had the first quality chance to score in the fourth minute when Jacky Kessler received the ball 15-yards from goal and spun off her defender before trying to slot her shot just inside the right post. Elon's Kate Murphy went to ground to make the save and keep the score knotted at 0-0.
 
The Phoenix began to find space in the offensive third late in the opening half and in the 33rd minute took the lead on a goal by Simi Dhaliwal. Dhaliwal received the ball six-yards from goal with her back to the end line off a pass from Marissa Russo. The center flicked the ball over her head and the head of an onrushing Jesse May into the net for the score.
 
Following the halftime break the Panthers came out looking to seize control of the game. Seniors Danielle Schepler and Janay Whittaker, junior Brooke Lisson and Hemby all forced saves by the Phoenix keeper in the first 15 minutes of the second half.
 
High Point finally broke through to tie the game at 1-1 in the 71st minute when Hemby scored with a deflected shot from 10-yards out. Kessler started the sequence that led to the goal with a shot that was blocked 15-yards from goal. The rebound fell to junior Taylor Parker who hit a hard shot that clanged off the far post. Hemby secured the rebound and immediately hit a shot back across goal that deflected off an Elon defender at the far post for the score.
 
High Point continued to control the pace of the game throughout the final 19 minutes of regulation and all of extra time, outshooting the Phoenix 14-3 in the last 39 minutes of action, but was unable to find a second goal for the game winner.
 
The Panthers move to 1-3-4 on the season with the tie. HPU has become accustomed to tight games as the stalemate was High Point's seventh game this season that has been decided by one goal or ended in a tie. The four ties by High Point this season is already tied for second-most in a season in HPU's Div. I era.
 
High Point will wrap up its non-conference schedule on Sunday, Sept. 16, when the team travels to Morgantown, W.Va., to take on West Virginia out of the Big XII. High Point is 0-1 all-time against the Mountaineers after dropping a 1-0 decision in Morgantown last season.

Asheville Women's Soccer Falls to ASU, 4-2
ASHEVILLE, N.C. - Julie Holz scored twice and added an assist as Appalachian State held off UNC Asheville 4-2 in non-conference women's soccer action Friday afternoon at Greenwood Field.
 
The Bulldogs (2-6-0) picked up goals from Amanda Knapp and Shenny Lenhart but the Apps broke a 1-1 tie early in the second half with two quick goals that Asheville could not come back from.
 
Knapp stunned the Mountaineers with a goal in the 7th minute to give Asheville a quick 1-0 lead. Off a free kick, Ferriss Roberts sent a long pass to Knapp. The junior forward headed the ball into the back of the net.
 
ASU (3-4-0) quickly came back. Off another free kick, Holz sent a pass to Jenna Caudle who scored on a breakaway to knot the match at 1-1 at 11:07.
 
The first half ended in a 1-1 tie with each team having six shots apiece.

The visitors came out strong early in the second half and scored two quick goals to take the lead for good at 3-1.
 
The first came at 49:40 when Caudle sent a pass to Meggie Grraham who tallied her first goal of the season to push ASU in front 2-1.
 
Ten minutes later, Holz scored when she knocked in a ball from six yards out for a 3-1 Mountaineer lead.
 
The Bulldogs controlled possession for the next 20 minutes and finally broke through for a goal. Paige Trent sent a pass to Lenhart who scored her third goal of the season at 82:36 to cut the lead to 3-2.
 
Asheville continued to press for the equalizer but ASU sealed the win when Holz scored off a pass from Caudle at 87:35 to push the lead to 4-2.
 
UNC Asheville opens Big South Conference play this Thursday evening at Longwood starting at 7 p.m.

Keydets Drop Road Contest to Mount St. Mary's, 4-0
EMMITSBURG, Md. - The Mountaineers of Mount St. Mary's saw Kelly Baker score two goals just over eight minutes apart in the first half, breaking a scoreless tie and sending her squad to a 4-0 win over the VMI Keydets in women's soccer action Friday night in Emmitsburg, Md.

Baker opened the scoring for Mount St. Mary's (4-3) by taking advantage of a rebound in the 23rd minute. Teammate Andrea Bujacich fired a shot at VMI (1-4) goalie Mackenzie Harrmann, which was stopped, but the rebound came free to Baker for the putaway and a 1-0 MSM lead. Baker added a penalty kick goal in the 31st minute, and the home team added goals in the 45th and 71st minutes to round out the scoring.

The Keydet efforts were led by their goaltending, as Harrmann posted three saves in the first half before being relieved by Kirsten Hancock, who stopped six shots over the final 45 minutes.

The Mount had three shots in the first seven minutes of Friday's action, but did not muster a shot on goal until the 20th minute, when Harrmann stopped a Jackie Corley try. The next SOG was Bujacich's try from 20 yards out, the rebound of which was put home by Baker for the game's first goal, and a 1-0 Mount lead.

The next eight minutes were played in the midfield, until the 31st minute when Baker was fouled in the box. She put home the resultant penalty kick try to increase the home team's lead to 2-0.

The Keydets would counter with an Allie Segura shot on goal in the 32nd minute, but MSM keeper Rachel Bourne made the save to maintain the 2-0 edge. Harrmann would stop a Paige Peck try two minutes later, but off a double assist, Keriann McGettigan would increase that lead. In the final minute of the first half, Kate Murphy played a ball into the box which was headed by Melissa Rowen. Rowen's header went across the box and found McGettigan, who beat Harrmann for the goal and a 3-0 Mount lead at halftime.

Hancock relieved Harrmann to open the second half, and would stop three shots over the first 3:16 of action. She would go on to stop six total shots, but the home team added their final goal in the 61st minute. Sam Manson scored off an assist from Carly Deegan to cap the scoring.

Mount St. Mary's held a 26-1 edge in shots, as well as an 8-1 edge in corner kicks on the evening.

VMI women's soccer returns to action Sunday, taking on Navy in Annapolis, Md. Game time is set for 2 p.m.

Runnin' Bulldogs Fall Short in 2-0 Loss at Western Carolina Friday Night at the Western Carolina Invitational
Cullowhee, N.C. - Gardner-Webb women's soccer was unable to extend its winning Friday night, dropping its first match at this weekend's Western Carolina Invitational by a 2-0 score to the host Western Carolina Catamounts.

The loss drops Gardner-Webb to 1-5 this season.

In its fifth road match out of its six completed contests this season, the Runnin' Bulldogs found themselves again fighting to overcome a first half deficit. GWU has surrendered a first half goal to its opponents in all but one of its five losses on the season.

The Catamounts jumped out to the 1-0 lead early. Markie Studnicky scored off of the opening kick of the match 17 seconds in, leaving the Runnin' Bulldogs behind early. A stunned GWU defense buckled down for the remainder of the half, limiting the Catamounts' efforts for easy looks offensively.

The defense gave the Gardner-Webb offense an opportunity to get back in the game, led by keeper Amy Schmitt's (Waxhaw, N.C.) six save effort for the match. One of the saves came 27 seconds into the match when Western Carolina's Samantha Hodge put a shot on frame which would have put the host team on top 2-0.

Gardner-Webb's offense could not get any momentum running in its favor during the first half, producing only one shot attempt during the opening 45 minutes of action. Despite its first half struggles, and being outshot 7-1 by the Catamounts in the opening period, the Runnin' Bulldogs found themselves down by just one goal entering the break.

Western Carolina would get its second goal of the match in the 49th minute when McKenzie Hallstrom scored on a shot taken outside the GWU box.

Stymied in the first half, the Runnin' Bulldogs offense fought to get those goals back. Freshman Brooke Kelly (Lawrenceville, Ga.) put a shot on frame in the 50th minute, looking to give GWU a response to WCU's second goal, but Catamount keeper Katie Jacobs secured one of her five saves to keep her the home team up 2-0.

Five saves the rest of the way from Schmitt kept the Runnin' Bulldogs within striking distance, including one in the 55th minute off a threatening McKenzie Hallstrom shot attempt.

Freshman Shelby Hooe (Mechanicsville, Va.) got into free space within the Western Carolina defensive zone, putting a shot on frame only to have it saved by Jacobs. Hooe led the Runnin' Bulldogs with three shot attempts Friday night, all on goal.

Freshman Nichole Poppe (Youngsville, N.C.) recorded a shot on goal in the 90th minute fighting to get the Runnin' Bulldogs on the board.

Schmitt (six saves) took the loss for GWU, moving her record to 1-5 on the season. Jacobs (five saves) improved to 4-3 this season.

Defensively, Gardner-Webb was led by sophomore Addison Abee (Charlotte, N.C.) and junior Ele Margelos (North Potomac, Md.), Abee played the full 90 minutes Friday night, and Margelos registered 86 minutes of playing time in the loss.

Gardner-Webb plays in its second match of the Western Carolina Invitational on Sunday, September 16 at 12:00 p.m. when it takes on Louisiana-Lafayette in the first ever meeting between the two programs. Fans can follow the action via live stats at www.catamountsports.com/gametracker.