Liberty ends HPU men’s soccer season
The High Point University men’s soccer team fell to No. 7 Liberty 1-0 in the quarterfinals of the 2013 Big South Championship on Tuesday night at Vert Stadium.
HPU outshot the Flames 17-10 in the match.
“Every single guy put his heart into this game tonight so I can’t be upset with anyone,” HPU head coach Dustin Fonder said. “I think our effort level was excellent but we lacked quality at times. You aren’t always going to have quality but the one thing you can control is effort. This team played tonight with great effort and enthusiasm. I just wish we could have found a goal in the end.”
The Panthers nearly scored in the third minute of action when redshirt-junior Sonny Mukungu’s header off a corner kick was stopped with a diving save by LU keeper Scott Sutarik. Redshirt-freshman Pat Shelton got his foot on the rebound but could not direct the shot around the prone Sutarik.
Liberty went ahead in the 21st minute when Sachem Wilson scored his 10th goal of the season to put the Flames up, 1-0. Jamie Foxwell hit a hard shot on goal forcing a save by HPU keeper Kody Palmer. The rebound fell to the feet of Wilson and the forward hit a hard shot past Palmer for the goal.
Senior Adam Sewell led High Point with five shots and two shots on goal.
Palmer made three saves for High Point. Sutarik finished with seven saves to earn his fourth win of the season.
HPU finishes the season 8-8-3. Liberty improves to 10-8-0 and advances to Friday’s Big South semifinals to face No. 3-seed Longwood.