Flames burn Panthers in Big South semifinals
The High Point University women’s soccer team fell to No. 2-seed Liberty by a score of 4-1 in the semifinals of the 2013 Big South Women’s Soccer Championship presented by Musco Lighting on Friday night. Redshirt-freshman Kelsey Perrell scored for the Panthers in the loss.
“This was a tough match tonight,” HPU head coach Marty Beall said. “Liberty was excellent in all facets of the game and at the end of the day I thought they did what they needed to do to get the result. Our team never quits and I am disappointed that it ended this way for our seniors.”
Liberty scored twice in the first six minutes of the game to jump out to an early 2-0 lead over the Panthers. LU’s first goal came on a header by Casey Norris in the fourth minute off a free kick into the box by Brittany Aanderud. Two minutes later, Swentik got behind the HPU defense on a long ball by Aanderud and beat May one-on-one to put the Flames up by two.
The Flames pushed the lead to 3-0 in the 61st minute when Dawn Elmers scored with a shot from the top of the HPU penalty area. Elmers wrestled control of a loose ball from HPU defense and hit a shot to the lower left corner with her first touch.
Perrell got a goal back for High Point in the 66th minute with her seventh goal of the season. Perrell beat the LU right back and took a shot from a tight angle on the left edge of the box. The ball sailed over Liberty keeper Van Noord and into the top right corner of the goal.
Liberty scored the final goal of the game in the 77th minute when Alanna Dunkle took advantage of a spilled ball by HPU keeper Jesse May and scored on her first touch. May beat Liberty’s Erika Troutman to a through ball but could not control it. Dunkle hit a shot with her first touch and bent it inside the near post for the goal.
High Point was outshot in the game 25-18. The Panthers put 11 shots on frame including a team-high four by Perrell.
May made nine saves in the loss for High Point. The nine stops by May were the second most this season by the senior. Holly Van Noord also made nine saves in the game for Liberty.
HPU finishes the 2013 season with a 9-10-1 overall record. Liberty improves to 15-5-1 on the season and advances on to the Big South Championship on Sunday at 2 p.m., where the Flames will face top seed Radford.
HPU WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL OUTLASTS LIBERTY
LYNCHBURG, Va. — The High Point University volleyball team pulled out a decisive 15-7 win in the fifth set to beat Liberty 3-2 (25-20, 17-25, 25-17, 14-25, 15-7) on Friday at the Vines Center. Juniors Chelsea Davis and Kristin Heldt each posted a double-double in the Big South road win.
“This was a great win for our program,” said HPU head coach Jason Oliver. “We found a way late in the match when we weren’t at our best to pull out a win. Chelsea Davis and Kristin Heldt stepped up like seniors and Maddie Simpson and Michelle Chakirelis led on every play. We need that type of effort combined with a higher level of execution in order to beat Radford tomorrow.”
Davis led the Panthers with 17 kills, 12 digs, three aces and three solo blocks. Heldt added 15 kills, 16 digs and two blocks. Simpson had 40 assists and 16 digs for HPU’s third double-double of the night. Chakirelis hit .462 with seven kills and four blocks.
High Point improves to 13-13 overall and 7-4 in league games. Liberty drops to 7-17 overall and 6-5 in the Big South.
DCCC ROLLS PAST MONTREAT
LEXINGTON — Davidson County Community College placed eight in double figures in a 123-65 win over the Montreat College Junior Varsity on Friday night.
Trey Smith led the Storm (4-0) with 20 points, while Daniel Lawson had 19, C.J. Woodberry 14, Ace Chalmers 13, Sean Phifer 12, Robert Story 11, Darius Howell 10 and Gary Hairston 10.
DCCC plays at Guilford Tech on Tuesday at 7 p.m.
GUILFORD TECH MEN NIP THOMASVILLE PREP
JAMESTOWN — Guilford Tech netted an 89-84 win over Thomasville Prep in men’s basketball late Thursday.
Mark Chinn led GTCC (1-0) with 28 points and five rebounds.
HOWE CAPTURES EGOLF TOUR’S CABARRUS CLASSIC
CONCORD — T.J. Howe of Osceola, Pa. won the eGolf Tour’s Cabarrus Classic, firing a final-round 68 at host Cabarrus Country Club on Friday.
It marked Howe’s third eGolf Tour title of the season. Howe finished at 15-under 201. Adam Webb placed second, one stroke back.