By: Lucas Carr | firstname.lastname@example.org
Paupst scored the equalizer within the first three minutes of the second half and the winning goal with just under fourteen minutes left in the game.
Saturday night was a warm one down at Cupp Stadium as the Highlanders took on Presbyterian for their second Big South match up of the season. Alumni Day’s kickoff came at precisely 7:03 p.m. with a pretty decent crowd in attendance.
The first ten minutes down on the pitch was a rough one for both the Highlanders and the Blue Hose; neither side giving any ground.
Presbyterian’s Kori Lawrence got the intensity started when the ten-minute mark came around. Lawrence fought her way into the penalty box, and when Radford’s Courtenay Kaplan made a play on the ball, it slipped through and slowly rolled into the goal.
Following the Presbyterian goal, Radford had many exciting attacking plays that resulted in no score. In one instance, a Radford defender made a steal in the attacking third of the field. Then, she fired a shot that was saved well by the opposing goalkeeper.
The Highlanders also exercised stout defense to close out the first half.
Presbyterian threatened with three consecutive attacks on the goal. However, Kaplan and the company shut the attacks down. A collective sigh flushed over the crowd as the ball was finally cleared, and the half time whistle sounded.
The subsequent half was a tale of two periods for the Highlanders. Paupst was able to tie up the score off of the second of two corner kicks.
Lily McLane crossed the ball into the 18-yard box and Paupst headed it into the bottom left corner of the net.
For the majority of the second half, both sides intended on stepping up their defensive game as neither team could score. The Highlanders were able to control possession of the ball for most of the second half.Oliver’s shot missed, bounced off the upright of the goal and ricocheted back to Paupst, who shot the ball perfectly over the heads of the defenders and the goalkeeper and soared right into the net. The goal ultimately sealed the Highlanders’ victory.
Nearing the 80-minute mark of regular time came a series of corner kicks for the Highlanders. The fourth and final corner kick came as the Highlanders were packed into the penalty box. The kick found its way to Brianna Oliver, who was near the far side of the field. She got ahold of the ball and fired at the goal.
Oliver’s shot missed, bounced off the upright of the goal and ricocheted back to Paupst, who shot the ball perfectly over the heads of the defenders and the goalkeeper and soared right into the net. The goal ultimately sealed the Highlanders’ victory.
The 2-1 victory over the Presbyterian Blue hose puts Radford at 8-2 on the season. A great start in the Big South Conference, moving to 2-0 in conference play. This was in large part due to the aggressive attacking play by the Highlanders.
Radford shot a total of 26 times to Presbyterian’s seven, with 11 on goal. They also had a total of eleven corner kicks to Presbyterian’s three.
The Highlanders will return to Cupp Stadium on Oct. 5th at 7 p.m. to face Longwood for another Big South Conference contest. Radford is 8-7-1 against Longwood since 2004 and will look to duplicate last year’s victory over the Lancers.
Photo Credit: (Radford Athletics)
Featured Image: (Junior Gabi Paupst, coming from Ontario, Canada, scored both goals for Radford against Presbyterian.)