HPU men’s soccer rolls past Presbyterian
The High Point University men’s soccer team scored a season-high six goals in a 6-1 win over Presbyterian College on Wednesday night at Vert Stadium. Senior Adam Sewell finished with a goal and two assists for the Panthers on senior night.
“I am really proud of how the team played tonight,” HPU head coach Dustin Fonder said. “It was senior night tonight and they weren’t going to let Adam Sewell, our lone senior, lose. He embodies so much of what our program stands for and we wanted to send him off the right way. This group is extremely focused and determined to finish the season strong. To win on our home field the way we did tonight builds confidence going into the weekend.”
Six HPU players scored a goal in the win over the Blue Hose and eight difference players picked up at least one point. Sewell finished with a career-high four points on his senior night with a goal and a career-high two assists. Nyepon had three points on a goal and an assist on the night.
High Point jumped ahead in the fifth minute of play when Nyepon scored his 11th goal of the season off a pass from Sewell. The senior found space on the left side and delivered a line drive pass into the box. Nyepon took the ball out of the air with a left-footed shot into the net for the goal.
The score remained 1-0 until the 55th minute when the Panthers doubled their lead on a goal by freshman Chris Ramsell. The freshman was played in behind the Blue Hose’ back line by Sewell and hit a curling shot from the top of the PC penalty area that tucked just inside the left post.
Just two minutes later HPU found the back of the net again on sophomore Ben Burdon’s first goal of the season, making the score 3-0. Sophomore Adam Storm hit a cross into the box that was partially cleared by the Presbyterian defense. Burdon collected the loose ball in the box and took a quick shot for the score.
Sophomore Erien Campbell scored his fifth goal of the season in the 63rd minute as the Panthers extended their lead to 4-0. Campbell was slipped in behind the defense by Nyepon and beat the keeper with a low ball to the right.
Sewell concluded his senior night in style with his third goal of the season, making the score 5-0 in the 74th minute. HPU earned a free kick and Yearwood delivered a low cross to the near post. Sewell dove down and headed the ball into the net.
Presbyterian College got a goal back in the 81st minute on a free kick by Josh Carter. The Blue Hose earned a foul at the edge of the box and Carter hit a low shot around the wall and just inside the left post.
Junior Dom de Aragao answered one minute later with his first HPU goal to make the score 6-1. Freshman Matt Gwe dribbled around a defender and got to the end line before dropping a pass off to de Aragao. The midfielder took one touch to settle the ball before hitting a shot back to the right.
High Point finished the game with a 21-11 advantage in shots, putting 11 shots on frame in the contest. Nyepon and redshirt-freshman Pat Shelton each had four shots in the game to pace HPU.
Redshirt-sophomore Kody Palmer made two saves and earned the win in goal for High Point. Tanner Osborne took the loss for Presbyterian College after entering the game at halftime. Osborne surrendered five second half goals while making two saves for PC.
The win improves HPU to 7-7-3 overall and 5-2-2 in the Big South this season. Presbyterian College falls to 3-14-0 overall and 1-8-0 in conference action with the loss.
The Panthers wrap up the regular season on Saturday when they travel to Lexington, Va., to take on VMI at 1 p.m. The Keydets are 3-13-1 overall and 2-7-0 in the Big South this season. High Point can clinch a home game in the Big South Tournament quarterfinals with a win or tie on Saturday.
HPU WOMEN FACE LIBERTY IN BIG SOUTH SEMIFINALS
HIGH POINT — The No. 6-seeded High Point University women’s soccer team will take on No. 2 Liberty in the semifinals of the 2013 Big South Women’s Soccer Championship presented by Musco Lighting on Friday at 7 p.m. in Conway, S.C.
The Panthers earned a spot in the semifinals with a 3-1 win at No. 3 Longwood on Saturday. Freshman Jenny Marshall scored two second-half goals as HPU battled back from an early 1-0 deficit to pick up the upset victory. The two-goal performance by Marshall was the freshman’s first multi-goal game of the season.
High Point has won four straight games to even its overall record at 9-9-1. Senior Kelli Joline and redshirt-freshman Kelsey Perrell lead the Panthers with 15 points on six goals and three assists each. Senior Becca Hemby leads HPU on the season with five assists to go along with three goals.
Liberty earned the No. 2 seed in the conference tournament after ending the season with a 13-5-1 overall record and an 8-2-1 record in the Big South. The Flames advanced with a 1-0 win over No. 7 Presbyterian College on Sunday.
FLOYD LEADS EGOLF CABARRUS CLASSIC
CONCORD — Taylor Floyd of Forsyth, Ga. opened with a bogey-free round of 7-under 65 to take a two-stroke lead after 18 holes at the eGolf Cour’s Cabarrus Classic on Wednesday.
The 54-hole event, which ends Friday, is being contested at par-72, 7,116-yard Cabarrus Country Club.
High Point’s Drew Weaver shares 26th at 1-under 71.
DCCC TROUNCES MT. ZION
LEXINGTON — Six players for Davidson County Community College scored in double figures to help spark a 112-78 romp over Durham Mt.Zion on Tuesday night at Brinkley Gymnasium/
Ace Chalmers led the Storm (3-0) with 21 points and dished six assists. Gerry Hairston added 20, Daniel Lawson 17, Robert Story 15, Marquell Newkirk 12 and C.J. Woodbury 10-. Newkirk also grabbed 16 rebounds.
DCC plays host to the Montreat College JV on Friday.
MYERS EARNS PLAYERS CHOICE AWARD
Wil Myers won the Players Choice Award for Outstanding Rookie in the American League on Monday night.
The Tampa Bay outfielder beat out teammate Chris Archer and Detroit shortstop Jose Iglesias to take home the hardware, and although Myers didn’t join the big-league club until June 18, he led all AL rookies with 53 RBIs that he compiled in the 88 games he played. Myers, a Thomasville native who starred at Wesleyan Christian Academy, also batted .293 with 13 home runs to help the Rays reach the playoffs for the fourth time in six years.
NOBLE DORMIE CUP TRADITION CONTINUES
PINEHURST — In four short years, the Dormie Cup has raised nearly $160,000 as all-star junior golfers engaged each October in intense Ryder Cup play but even keener competition to raise the most money for many chosen charities.
Initiated by participants Patrick Cover of Huntersville and Thomas Walsh of High Point, NC as a way to give back to the community, the Dormie Cup started when a dozen junior golfers gathered at the Dormie Club in West End in October 2010. The group was divided into two teams of six for a match-play tournament modeled after the Ryder Cup — its initial Dormie Cup donations totaling more than $10,000.
This year’s fourth Dormie Cup, held at the National Golf Club in Pinehurst, featured over 32 nationally-ranked juniors competing once again in a Ryder Cup format. Highlights of this year’s event included two holes in one: one by Hardin Council (High Point) on Hole #2 and one by James Mishoe IV (Cary) on #9. Ashton Poole (Charlotte) won the longest putt competition and Blake Wagoner (Cornelius) won the longest drive. In addition to raising over $64,000, the golfers also collected hats, towels, and used golf equipment for the Frist Tee of the Sandhills.
Due to their outstanding fundraising efforts, five of the boys were among the top eight fundraisers in the country for the American Junior Golf Association’s (AJGA) Leadership Links Program and will travel to Florida in November for a private meeting with Jack Nicklaus. They were James Mishoe IV, Thomas Walsh, Blake Wagoner, Tristan Lough, and Patrick Cover.