Site: High Point, N.C. (Vert Stadium)
Score: High Point 3, Winthrop 2
Records: High Point (2-6-2) (2-1), Winthrop (4-3-2) (2-1-1)
HIGH POINT, N.C. – The High Point University Women’s soccer team defeated Winthrop 3-2 in a come from behind victory Wednesday night (Sep. 29) inside Vert Stadium in HPU’s third Big South game of the year. Chloe Le Franc scored the equalizer while Ashley Rainho provided a lead-changing goal at the time in the first half with the first goal of her collegiate career. Lindsey DeHaven became the second Panther freshman to score on the night as she also recorded the first goal in her young career to give HPU its third goal to secure the Panther win.
Dehaven became the second Panther freshman to score on the night as she also recorded the first goal in her young career to give HPU its third goal of the night to secure the Panther win.
Brandi Fontaine: We are excited to get another win under our belts. The girls have been putting in a lot of work so it was great to have an opportunity to come out and put in another good performance tonight. Towards the end, we gave up a pretty soft goal, not the way we would like for it to go but all in all I think we dominated the game and control. We did a lot of good things especially executing a lot of things we worked on in practice this week. So, I was really happy and proud of the girls for getting a win tonight.
In the 4th minute of play, Winthrop scored first scoring early to go up 1-0.
In the 7th minute, Emily Mashinski recorded the first Panther shot of the night her shot was just wide.
A flurry of Panther shots came in the 9th and 10th minutes of the contest as Le Franc and Skyler Prillaman tested the Winthrop defense. The Eagles held the Panthers scoreless in the early going.
In the 24th minute, Le Franc scored her first goal of the season as the graduate student provided the equalizer to knot the game at one.
The Panther goal created a new life for HPU as the Purple & White offense applied more pressure to the Eagles’ defense.
HPU found the lead-changing goal at the time in the 39th minute as Rainho scored the first goal of her collegiate career. She put the Panthers up 2-1 with six minutes left to play in the first half.
The Panthers took a 2-1 advantage into the break.
DeHaven supplied the third goal of the contest for HPU as she finished a ball that bounced off of a Winthrop defender. Dehaven’s first collegiate goal put HPU up 3-1 in the 60th minute. Her goal would end up being the game-deciding goal for the Panthers.
In the 68th minute, Dehaven nearly scored her second of the contest as her shot was saved by Winthrop’s keeper who had to knock the ball straight in the air after the initial save to make the stop.
In the 83rd minute, Winthrop scored to make it a one-goal game. The Eagles charged for the last seven minutes of the game hunting for the equalizer. HPU was able to hold Winthrop scoreless for the last seven minutes of the game and secured the 3-2 conference win over Winthrop.