Perrell lifts HPU women’s soccer past Appalachian State
The High Point University women’s soccer team picked up its first win of the season with a 2-1 double-overtime victory over Appalachian State on Sunday night at Vert Stadium. Redshirt-freshman Kelsey Perrell scored the game winner in the 109th minute for the Panthers.
“I am very proud of the way our girls responded after a difficult game on Friday night,” head coach Marty Beall said. “I couldn’t be more proud of the physical effort we put into tonight’s game against a very good and very fresh Appalachian State team. To go down 1-0 and battle back shows the resilience we have been talking about every day.”
With time winding down in the second and final overtime period, junior Jacky Kessler got the ball on the left wing and dribbled up the left side and into the box. The forward took a shot to the far post. The shot was stopped with a diving save by ASU keeper Megan Roberson and the rebound bounced to Perrell who hammered it into the net to give HPU the 2-1 win.
The win was the first of the season for High Point, which improves to 1-5-0 on the season. The Mountaineers fall to 3-3-0 with the loss.
Appalachian State jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the 14th minute on a goal by Samantha Childress. The Mountaineers combined passes to free Nicole Steyl on the right flank and the defender hit a cross into the box. Childress controlled the pass with a defender on her back and used a touch to turn before hitting a shot into the top of the net.
High Point continued to trail 1-0 until the 86th minute when ther Panthers leveled the game on a penalty kick by senior Kelli Joline. The forward was played in one-on-one with Roberson and taken down in the box to draw the kick from the spot. Joline took the kick and hit a hard shot to the right past the diving ASU keeper to tie the game and send it to extra time.
High Point finished with a 20-13 edge in shots and a 7-5 advantage in shots on goal. Senior Jesse May made four saves in the game to earn her first win of the season.
The Panthers wrap up the nonconference portion of their schedule on Friday, when they host the Pirates of East Carolina at Vert Stadium. The game will kick off at 7 p.m.