HPU women’s soccer picks up 2-0 win over Presbyterian College

• High Point women’s soccer earned a 2-0 win over Presbyterian College in its final regular season home game on Wednesday.
• Redshirt-senior Kelsey Perrell recorded a brace in the win for the Panthers.
• HPU outshot the Blue Hose, 19-1, and help Presbyterian College without a shot on goal.

HIGH POINT, N.C. – The High Point University women’s soccer team picked up a comprehensive 2-0 win over Presbyterian College on senior night on Wednesday at Vert Stadium. Redshirt-senior Kelsey Perrell notched a brace for the Panthers in the victory.

“I really liked our effort throughout the match tonight,” head coach Marty Beall said. “We worked very hard from start to finish and our team defending was once again fantastic. We need to be a little more efficient in front of net. We created some good chances but couldn’t capitalize and other times our final ball was lacking.”

High Point improves to 9-5-2 overall and 5-1-1 in the Big South with the win. Presbyterian College falls to 3-12-0 overall and 1-6-0 in conference play. HPU has 16 points in conference and sits second in the conference with two games to play.

It took just eight minutes for the Panthers to get on the board as Perrell scored her seventh of the season. High Point got out on the break and redshirt-junior Bailey Beattie delivered a through ball to the feet of Perrell behind the PC backline. The forward took a touch around the onrushing keeper before slotting home the goal on an empty net for a 1-0 lead.

The Panther lead remained 1-0 until the 8-th minute when Perrell scored her second of the game to push the HPU advantage to 2-0. Junior Michele Micciche beat two defenders on the left flank and got to the endline before delivering a cross back into the box where Perrell headed the ball into the net.

High Point dominated possession in the game, putting up 19 shots compared to just one for the Blue Hose. The Panthers put eight shots on frame while not allowing any in return.

Junior Alex Hank was not tested in the game on her way to picking up her eighth win and sixth clean sheet of the season for the Panthers.

High Point returns to the road for the final two games of the regular season starting with a contest at Radford on Saturday, Oct. 22. Kickoff in Radford, Va., is set for 7 p.m.