Golden & Radford Win Back to Back Big South Conference
November 6, 2012Dunbar Girls Soccer
It was the Highlanders (14-2-4) fifth Big South Championship and they will be making their sixth NCAA appearance. The NCAA selection show will be Monday, Nov. 5 at 4:30 EST on NCAA.com.
Conway, Brown, senior Megan Rhodes and junior Sydney Golden (Lexington, KY/ Dunbar)were named to the all-tournament team.
Conway took a slip across the top of the box from Asyia Mitchell and hit a hard knuckler inside the near post for the game-winner, her third of the season, and team-leading seventh overall goal.
Brown made three stops in each half as she broke the school's all-time shutout mark with the 27th overall and 13th this season as the Highlanders extended their shutout streak to six matches (612:45) and their undefeated streak to 17 matches (13-0-4). They came into the match tied for the fourth longest current undefeated streak in NCAA Division I.
The junior keeper came up big in the second stanza, stopping a point blank shot by Big South leading scorer Krystyna Freda midway through the half. Earlier in the half, Taylor Walton had Winthrop best opportunity, but Brown came out aggressively sliding at Walton and forcing her to go high over crossbar with her shot.
In the first half, each keeper made three saves and Radford, held a slight 5-4 advantage in shots. Winthrop's Amelia Henderson made one diving save, while Brown made a couple of key clearances on corner kicks and services into the box.
Overall, the stout Radford defense held the league's top offense, which entered ranked 20th in the NCAA, to six shots on goal, all from outside the 18-yard box. Only two of the Eagles 11 shots, were inside 10 yards. The Highlanders lowered their league-low GAA to 0.57 and their shutout percentage to 70 percent after posting the squad's 14th clean sheet in 20 contests.Radford entered ranked 18th and fifth in the NCAA, respectively.
Radford will face UNC Chapel Hill in the first round of NCAA Tournament on Saturday, November 10th.