Highlanders Lose Late Against Winthrop

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By: Zach Potter | zpotter2@radford.edu

The Radford men’s soccer team lost a heartbreaker last Sunday against Winthrop. The game saw the Highlanders lead for eighty minutes before conceding two costly late goals.

The Highlanders entered the game seeking to improve to fifth in Big South Conference play. Radford had their two-game winning streak on the line, but weather postponed the game till Sunday.

Baye Djibril Faye scored his second goal of the season within the opening five minutes. Crucial defensive playmaker Octavio Ocampo assisted his goal. Ocampo now has three assists to go along with his three goals this season.

The Highlanders continued to press Winthrop’s goalkeeper Sam Jones throughout the first half. They pressed on for five more shots but didn’t manage to score any more goals.

Radford’s goal drought would continue throughout the rest of the game.

Winthrop came out the second half poised to test Radford’s goalkeeper Joseba Incera. Winthrop forced Incera to make multiple saves early and throughout the second half. Incera was able to keep a clean sheet until a disastrous end of the second half.

Radford was pressed in their box as Winthrop swarmed desperately for a last chance goal. The Ocampo, often the essential spark for Radford, was caught for a handball inside the 18-yard box. This infraction set up a penalty kick for the Eagles and saw the Highlanders down to ten men after Ocampo getting sent off.

Winthrop capitalized on their last chance effort, with the game on the line, and put the ball passed Incera. This goal tied the game and would send the game into overtime, where the next team that scored would win the match.

The Highlanders were now a man down and frustrated, which inevitably resulted in the collapse of their chances of winning. The Eagles only needed seven minutes to put the winning goal on the board.

Winthrop’s Marc Carreras shot from over twenty yards out and put the ball in the top right corner of the goal. That goal marked Carreras’s third goal of the season and ended the Highlanders’ hope for winning the game.

Faye and Ocampo continued to show their brilliance on the pitch, but their efforts weren’t enough to finish off the Eagles. It marked Faye’s goals in back-to-back games and Ocampo’s ninth point, leading the team.

Radford totaled ten shots in the game. Incera managed four saves but was unable to keep the Eagles out, allowing two late goals.

The Highlanders will next host Big South rival High Point Oct. 26 at Cupp Stadium. Be sure to support your Highlanders as they look to finish their season strong!

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Photo Credit: (Radford Athletics)