HPU Women’s Soccer Shuts Out Radford In 1-0 Win

• High Point earned all three points with a 1-0 win over Radford at home on Saturday.
• Junior Meg Kowalski scored the game winner for the Panthers, her second goal of the season.
• The shutout was HPU’s 10th of the season and the eighth of the season for sophomore keeper Alex Persiani.

HIGH POINT, N.C. – The High Point University women’s soccer team picked up their second win in a row with a 1-0 victory over Radford on Saturday night at Vert Stadium. The shutout was HPU’s 10th of the season and its fifth in the past six games.

“I thought we were fantastic in the first half tonight,” head coach Marty Beall said. “We dominated every aspect of the game and were unlucky not to score a couple more goals. Unfortunately we didn’t come out with that same energy and passion in the second half. That is something we will need to improve on if we want to make strides towards championship level success.”

High Point improves to 9-3-4 overall and 4-2-1 in the Big South with the win over Radford. The Highlanders drop to 6-10-0 overall and 1-6-0 in conference play.

Junior Meg Kowalski scored the only goal of the night for either team in the 27th minute with a left-footed finish in the 27th minute. Sophomore Bri Jean-Charles took a shot from the right side of the penalty area that was deflected. The rebound fell to the feet of Kowalski at the far post where she finished with a shot back across to the far side netting. The goal was the second of the season for the midfielder.

High Point put up 21 shots, including seven on target but were denied thanks to several strong saves by Highlander keeper Katie McCormick. The RU keeper’s best save came in the closing minutes of the first half when Jean-Charles had a header off a cross from freshman Callyn Loughrey saved just over the crossbar from point-blank range.

The Panthers held Radford to just six shots on the way to their 10th clean sheet of the season. Sophomore keeper Alex Persiani made three saves on the night to tie the HPU Div. I single-season record with her eighth shutout of the season. High Point has allowed just seven goals on the season and just two in seven Big South contests.

High Point will play host to Charleston Southern on Wednesday, Oct. 21, at 7 p.m. The Panthers beat CSU by a score of 2-1 on the road last season.