Parker’s goal lifts HPU women past Gardner-Webb

Sep. 28, 2013 @ 10:30 PM

The High Point University women’s soccer team picked up its fourth straight win with a 1-0 victory over Gardner-Webb on Saturday night in Boiling Springs. Senior Taylor Parker scored the game winner for HPU, her fourth goal in two games.

“This was another fantastic effort by our team tonight,” HPU head coach Marty Beall said. “Our team defending, which was led by Claire Kelly , was spectacular throughout the game and especially in the second half when we did not allow a single shot on goal. I am very proud of the effort our girls are putting into getting better every day. I was happy with our ability to keep possession throughout the game now we need to work on finishing our chances.”
High Point outshot the Runnin’ Bulldogs 9-3, including a 4-1 advantage in shots on goal during a scoreless first half. Senior Kelli Joline had three of the Panthers’ four shots on target in the opening 45 minutes.
HPU continued to pour on the pressure in the second half and finally broke through to take a 1-0 lead in the 59th minute on Parker’s fourth goal of the season. The Gardner-Webb defense attempted to clear the ball out of the box, but Parker stopped it and beat the GWU keeper with a straight-on shot to put HPU in the lead.
High Point dominated possession in the second half. The Panthers outshot Gardner-Webb 13-3 overall and did not allow a single shot on goal.
Senior Jesse May posted her third straight shutout for High Point, making one save. Amy Schmitt made seven saves for the Runnin’ Bulldogs.
HPU improves to 4-5-0 overall and 2-0-0 in the Big South. Gardner-Webb falls to 2-7-1, 0-2-0.
The Panthers next return home to play host to Winthrop on Wednesday in Vert Stadium at 7 p.m. High Point will look to get a measure of revenge against the Eagles who knocked HPU out of the Big South Tournament last season.

HPU MEN FALL 4-1 TO ELON
HIGH POINT — The High Point University men’s soccer team fell at home to No. 23 Elon 4-1 on Saturday night in front of a record crowd of 1,527 at Vert Stadium. Freshman Brandon Sloan scored his first collegiate goal in the game for the Panthers.
“I was pleased with how we started the game and played in the first half, unfortunately we were unable to carry that quality through the entire 90 minutes,” HPU head coach Dustin Fonder said. “We had great energy in the first half. We had two chances we couldn’t convert and they scored on two of their four shots. Elon is a very good team. Darren Powell always does a great job getting them ready to play and they were more ready than we were tonight.”
Elon took a 1-0 lead in the 23rd minute with a header from in close. The Phoenix earned a corner kick that was cleared out of the box. Elon’s Charles Howard sent the ball back into the box where it was headed on to the left post by Matt Wescoe. Waterman found space and hit a header into the ground under HPU keeper Ryan Massey.
The Phoenix doubled its advantage in the 40th minute with a goal by Caue Da Sliva on a counter attack. Miguel Salazar hit a long ball from midfield to Da Silva at the top of the box. Berlin took the ball out of the air and lofted a shot over Massey from the edge of the box.
Elon pushed its lead to 3-0 early in the second half on a goal by Matt Wescoe in the 53rd minute. Austin Dunker played a ball through the back line from the midfield and Waterman beat Massey to the ball. The forward hit the ball to the right post where Wescoe tapped it into the empty net.
The Phoenix struck again just three minutes later when Waterman scored his second of the night to put Elon ahead 4-0. Dunker once again started the play when he stripped the ball and played it through the HPU defense to Lovitz. The midfielder hit a cross in front of goal with his first touch and Waterman finished with a jumping kick after making a run up the middle of the box.
High Point got a goal back in the 88th minute on a free kick by Sloan. Freshman Matt Gweh drew a foul at the top of the box and Sloan hit a low shot under the wall, beating the Elon keeper to his left. The goal was the first of Sloan’s collegiate career.
Elon finished with a 15-9 edge in shots in the game, including an 8-3 advantage in shots on goal. Massey made four saves in the game for High Point while Elon keeper Nathan Dean had two for the Phoenix.
High Point falls to 2-5-1 overall on the season. Elon improves to 7-1-1 overall.
The Panthers return to conference play this week with a home game against Liberty on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Vert Stadium.

HPU MEN PLACE 10TH AT PANORAMA FARMS INVITATIONAL
EARLYSVILLE, Va. — The High Point University men’s cross country team placed 10th in the nationally-competitive Virginia Panorama Farms Invitational on Saturday morning. Redshirt-sophomore Jeff LaCoste led HPU with a 22nd-place finish.
LaCoste led the Panthers for the first time this season with his 24:14.9 for the 8K race. Sophomore Benji Szalai was the Panthers’ second finisher in 42nd overall with a time of 24:42.8. Sophomore Paddy Grandinali placed 60th in 25:08.9 and junior Reece Ayers was right behind in 61st with a time of 25:08.9. Senior Patrick Crawford was the Panthers’ fifth and final scorer in 64th overall with a time of 25:18.4.
The challenging course featured some of the best competition that High Point will face this season. North Carolina won the meet with 58 points followed by Eastern Kentucky (76), Virginia (101) and Duke (104). Auburn placed fifth with 106 points followed by Liberty (141), Virginia Tech (197), William & Mary (205) and California (226). High Point placed 10th with 239 points followed by George Mason (294), Ole Miss (337) and UNC Greensboro (371).
The High Point University women’s cross country team, meanwhile, placed 13th in the Virginia Panorama Farms Invitational, just one point behind league foe Liberty. Freshman Cozette Collin led HPU for the fourth time in four races this season.
Collin led HPU with a 34th-place finish and a time of 18:09.2 for the 5K course. She improved 10 spots after passing the two-mile mark. Senior Audrey Malloy placed 76th with a time of 18:56.9 and sophomore Katie Farina took 80th with a time of 19:08.0. Senior Kayleigh Perry was the fourth Panther to cross the finish line, taking 92nd overall with a time of 19:25.8. Junior Sarah Dorrell placed 95th, moving up six spots after the two-mile mark, coming in at 19:30.0. She was just ahead of sophomore Julia Zautcke, who placed 96th in 19:32.4. Freshman Natalia Ocasio was HPU’s seventh finisher, 113th overall.
Virginia won with 42 points followed by William & Mary (67) and Eastern Kentucky (118). Harvard placed fourth with 142 points followed by Ole Miss (148), California (156) and UNC Greensboro (168). The eighth through 11th finishers were Auburn, North Carolina, Virginia Tech and Navy. Liberty placed 12th with 346 points followed by High Point (347) and George Mason (361).