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Home Opener Ends With a Win for Women’s Soccer

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By Zachary Potter | zpotter2@radford.edu

Radford’s Women’s Soccer wins big, after a brilliant second-half performance, to top Big South conference opponent Campbell 4-0 in their first home game of this season.

A great outing by the Highlanders sees them increase their win streak to five-in-a-row after beating Campbell, moving their record to 5-1-1 for the season and 1-0 in Big South conference play. This kicks off the team’s home play for the season in a positive way after the impressive start.

The game was a tale of two different halves. Radford managed eight shots to Campbell’s seven in the first, while Campbell managed one extra corner kick getting six to Radford’s five. The game looked to be a deadlock as both teams controlled the ball and neither looked to break the others defense open.

Campbell’s defense was like a brick wall early in the game, and their offense looked impressive as well, earning a corner kick in the opening seconds of the game. Though, as the first half progressed, Radford became more and more aggressive, showing great counter attacks and getting most of their shots toward the end of the first half.

Then the second half happened. Radford took over twice as many shots (13) as Campbell (5) was able to manage. The Highlanders came out blazing in the second half. They controlled the ball down the sidelines and sent in cross after cross till finally in the 53rd minute when Jessica Wollmann broke through with the game opener.

With a 1-0 lead, the Highlanders barrage continued as they managed three more goals in a 13-minute span to increase their lead to 4-0.

Though two of these goals came at the unlucky expense of Campbell defender Anna Brantley. Brantley was in the wrong place at the wrong time twice, as two Radford crosses bounced off the defender and found the back of the net.

The Highlanders continued to press ever so forward, with Nelia Perez earning her second goal of the season in the 66th minute making the lead 4-0. Though she didn’t score a goal, Jasmine Casarez put in an impressive display shooting the ball a game-high six times with two of those shots finding a target on the goal.

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Though none of her shots ever found the back of the net, Casarez did assist Perez on the last goal of the game. Radford goalie Courtenay Kaplan gave an impressive display adding another clean sheet to her resume keeping Campbell scoreless in the game.

Radford’s Head Coach Ben Sohrabi remarked about the different second half by stating “After regrouping at halftime it seemed our entire team made the necessary adjustments to get a win.”

This game was the first time since 2013 that Radford’s Women’s Soccer managed a win against Campbell. Jessica Wollman is also one more game-winning goal away for tying Radford’s record with nine. Radford Women’s Soccer will look to continue their winning ways, in the Big South Conference, as they travel to Gardner-Webb in North Carolina on Saturday.

The Highlander will return home to Cupp Stadium to face conference foe Longwood on Wednesday, Sept. 26.

Photo Credit: (Hailey Scherer | The Tartan)

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