HIGH POINT, N.C. – The High Point University women’s soccer team took a 2-0 victory over Longwood University on Saturday at Vert Stadium. Senior Meghan Kransow and sophomore Jacky Kessler each scored in the win.
“I thought we played absolutely fantastic tonight,” head coach Marty Beall said. “Longwood is an excellent team with a very good coaching staff. We knew coming in that we were going to have to be amazing defensively and the girls went out and did that. We take a lot of pride in defending our home field so to finish undefeated in Vert Stadium this season was outstanding.”
Krasnow put the Panthers up 1-0 in the 12th minute of the game. In her final home game, it was her first collegiate goal. Senior Danielle Schepler controlled a loose ball at the top left corner of the penalty area and tapped a pass back to Krasnow, who used her first touch to hook the ball into the top right corner of the net from 20 yards out.
For the second half of the game, High Point controlled the run of play looking for opportunities to score with 13 shots in the final 45 minutes. The Panthers broke away with a goal from Kessler in the 79th minute of the game.
Kessler’s goal was her fourth of the season. Junior Becca Hemby sent a cross from the left wing that bent into the box past the last defenders and landed at the feet of Kessler. As the Longwood goalie came off her line, Kessler slipped the ball past her into the net.
It was High Point’s third shutout in the last four games. HPU has only allowed two goals in its last five games. High Point outshot Longwood 20-7 in the game.
HPU is now tied with Radford for the Big South lead. Both HPU and Radford have a record of 6-0-2 in the conference. High Point improved to 7-4-6 overall, while Longwood dropped to 11-5-0 overall in the Big South. The Panthers finished their home schedule undefeated at 5-0-2.
High Point finishes the regular season with three-straight road games. The next match is against Charleston Southern on October 18 at 3:30 p.m.