Junior Krystyna Freda scored early in both halves to push the Winthrop women’s soccer team past defending Big South regular season champion High Point 2-1 Wednesday night. Freda’s goals not only end a four game win streak for the Panthers but also a put a halt to a three game shutout streak.
Winthrop seemed to have the momentum at the start of the game, but High Point soon took over, earning three goals and three corner kicks within just two minutes of play. Junior Jacky Kessler had the first dangerous opportunity for High Point when she took a shot on an open net from 25 yards out but it was saved off the line from senior defender Megan Pritts.
In the 13th minute, Freda received a pass inside the 18-yard box from junior Grace Radler and managed to create enough space to get a shot off and hit it past goalkeeper Jesse May.
Freda made the lead 2-0 just 1:12 into the second half when defender Alise LeCompte failed to clear a through ball from senior Okina Crawley and Freda slotted it by May from 18 yards out. High Point would get one back in the 53rd minute when Kessler ripped a shot from 30 yards into the upper ninety past a diving Amelia Henderson.
Henderson kept the Eagles in the game with great tactical play and making eight saves on 27 shots.
Winthrop takes on VMI on Saturday afternoon in Lexington, Va. Game time is set for 1 p.m.