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By: Lucas Carr | email@example.com
The Radford Women’s soccer team opened up Big South Conference play against the Winthrop Eagles Saturday night.
The Defending Conference Champion Highlanders played a toughly contested bout with the Eagles. A late 79th-minute goal by junior Gabi Paupst proved to be the difference-maker.
Radford won the match-up 1-0 to drop Winthrop to 2-4 on the season and 0-1 in conference play. The Highlanders snagged their first Big South win, improving them to 7-2 on the season.
Paupst’s finish came off of a corner kick, one of the Highlander’s 21 shots throughout the entire game. The free-kick was played into the box from the junior Brianna Oliver. Paupst was able to volley the pass into the goal from about ten yards out.
This was a season-high for several shots taken for the Highlanders, exceeding the 20 shots taken against VMI in Lexington, last weekend.
The Eagles goalkeeper, Ashlynn Harris made eight total saves on the night. The Eagles had fewer shots than the Highlanders, tallying only ten while half of the total (five) were on target.
Radford’s Courtenay Kaplan was responsible for five saves from the goalkeeper position.
Kaplan had a stellar save nearing the twentieth minute in the first half.It was Paupst’s golden goal in the first overtime period during the Oct. 6 game in 2018 that won the Highlanders that game. We can credit her with winning the past two games against Winthrop, on top of superb teamwork.
A Winthrop forward was able to slice her way through the Radford defense and took an exploding shot from the left-wing. The ball came flying towards Kaplan, but quick instincts and a strong punch upwards sent it over the defending goal.
Since 2003, when Radford first faced Winthrop, the Highlanders have won ten of the 18 matchups, losing five and tying three.
With tonight’s victory over the Eagles, they have won four straight games against the Eagles.
Last season, the Highlanders won the match up 2-1 in Rock Hill, SC.
It was Paupst’s golden goal in the first overtime period during the Oct. 6 game in 2018 that won the Highlanders that game. We can credit her with winning the past two games against Winthrop, on top of superb teamwork.
Plenty of Highlanders got involved in the offensive game on this warm September night in Cupp Stadium. Nine different players took one or more shots during the game.
Paupst led the way with six total shots with three on goal and the deciding point in the second half.
Additionally, Alexeis Kirnos took a total of five shots with two on target, with senior Nicole Ray firing three shots with two of them on goal, and Nelia Perez and Maevyn Jones both had shots close to finding the back of the net as well.
The Radford Highlanders will return to Cupp Stadium this coming Saturday, the 28. At 7 p.m., they will go up against Presbyterian College. The Blue Hose are 2-6 overall but have just recorded their first win in the Big South Conference against Longwood University.
Photo Credit: (Radford Athletics)
Featured Image: (The whole team celebrates the last-minute victory)