Site: Charlottesville, V.A. (Klöckner Stadium)
Score: High Point 0, Virginia 6
Records: High Point 10-8-2 (8-2), Virginia (17-2-2)
HIGH POINT, N.C. – The High Point University women’s soccer season ended in the first round of the NCAA Tournament with a 6-0 loss to #1 seed Virginia. Goalkeeper Morgan Hairston had 10 saves on the day, which is tied for 2nd most in program history in a NCAA tournament game. The Panthers season culminated in Charlottesville, VA, but the three graduating seniors (Juliette Vidal, Chloe Le Franc, and Lauren Mazich) ended their careers as Big South tournament champions and provided the women’s soccer program with their first NCAA tournament appearance since 2017. Coach Fontaine adds her first NCAA tournament appearance as a head coach, to go along with the four NCAA tournament appearances she has while an assistant coach for the Panthers.
Brandi Fontaine: Tough result tonight for this group. This Virginia team is probably one of the best teams I have ever faced in my career as an assistant or head coach. Our girls gave it their best tonight and I am so proud of their never say die mentality that they kept all game long. We were able to get almost every single player that was with us on the field tonight. None of our players here tonight had experienced an NCAA tournament. Now that we had a taste of it I have no doubt the girls will come back next season hungry for more. I am thankful to all 3 of our seniors and what they have done for this program. They elevated and changed our program in ways I never knew was possible. For that we are forever grateful. We are truly going to miss them.
The Panthers finished their 2021 season with a 10-8-2 record and a Big South Conference Tournament championship. The Panthers advanced to the NCAA tournament in dramatic fashion in the Big South Conference tournament championship game. The Panthers scored a golden goal in 94th minute by Skyler Prillaman to advance in dramatic fashion on Campbell’s home field.