HPU women’s soccer comes back for 2-1 overtime win at Ohio

Posted by Press Release on August 28, 2016 at 6:35 pm under College | Comments are off for this article

• The High Point University women’s soccer team came from behind for a 2-1 road win at Ohio on Sunday.
• The Panthers tied the game in the 85th minute on a goal by sophomore Callyn Loughrey before winning in overtime on a PK by redshirt-senior Kelsey Perrell.
• HPU remains undefeated on the season at 3-0-1 and is now 1-0-1 in overtime contests.

ATHENS, Ohio – The High Point University women’s soccer team used a late comeback to take all three points on the road at Ohio with a 2-1 overtime win over the Bobcats on Sunday afternoon in Athens, Ohio.

“I am very proud of the grit this team showed, pushing through the fatigue and difficult field positions today,” head coach Marty Beall said. “We had a slow first half and Ohio had the better of the play int he first 45 minutes, but in the second half I thought we came out and played fantastically to come back for the win.”

With the minutes ticking down and the Panthers trailing by a goal, sophomore Callyn Loughrey got her foot onto a ball in the box and scored her first collegiate goal to even the score at 1-1 in the 85th minute. Junior Taylor Romano hit a curling free kick into the box where redshirt-junior Bailey Beattie one-touched a pass back across the face of goal to Loughrey who then deposited it into the net.

The contest moved into overtime where High Point was awarded a penalty kick after Beattie was brought down in the box in the 95th minute. Redshirt-senior Kelsey Perrell> stepped to the spot and beat the Ohio keeper with a shot to the lower right corner, giving HPU the 2-1 overtime victory.

High Point fell behind in the 16th minute on a goal by Ohio’s Bryce Hueber. The Bobcat’s Alexis Milesky got to the end line and whipped a cross in the Hueber who finished just in front of goal for the 1-0 lead.

The Panthers were outshot in the game by a slim 14-12 margin, but put eight shots on frame compared to seven for Ohio. HPU also had the only two shots in the overtime period. Junior Alex Hank made a season-high six saves in the contest for High Point.

HPU remains undefeated on the season, improving to 3-0-1 through four games. The Panthers are also 1-0-1 in overtime games in 2016. Ohio drops to 1-2-0 with the loss, its second overtime defeat of the season.

High Point continues its six-game road swing on Thursday, Sept. 1, when the team travels to Raleigh, N.C., to take on NC State. It is the first of four-straight games for the Panthers against Power Five opponents. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

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