Cinderella Season Ahead for RU Women’s Soccer

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Taylor Newman

tnewman5@radford.edu

 

The Radford Women’s Soccer team ended their regular season with a bang. It wasn’t only a 6-0 shutout against Virginia Military Institute on Tuesday, Oct. 23, but it also secured an undefeated conference record, just the second time in program history.

The win gave RU a second seed in the Big South Conference Tournament, in a quarterfinal matchup against Campbell University, which ended in yet another shutout with a score of 1-0.

Receiving goals from five different players, RU celebrated senior night with a victory. The Highlanders extended their unbeaten streak to a new school record of 14 matches.

Applying fierce offensive pressure in the first half, RU stormed out to a 2-0 lead. Junior forward Sahar Aflaki scored in just the 23rd minute, following an assist from senior forward Mary Wiley. Freshman forward Asyia Mitchell extended the score off a deflection from her own shot.

After halftime, sophomore midfielder Kara Nay netted two goals to make the lead 4-0. It was her sixth goal of the season. Sophomore midfielder Annabel Bergin and senior forward Krissia Vasquez closed out the scoring for the Highs to secure the 6-0 sweep.

Junior goalkeeper Che’ Brown made four saves to post her 10th shutout.The game was surrounded by records being broken. RU generated a season-high number of shots with a 36-9 edge over VMI. The Highs recorded their 11th sweep of the season, which is the second highest shutouts in a single season. On top of those, RU has only allowed just one goal over its last seven matches, which is 690+ minutes of play.

The momentum from closing out the season strong passed onto Big South Conference play against Campbell at home. Mitchell scored the sole goal in the 8th minute and Brown made a critical save with three minutes remaining