Revivo lifts Eagles over Panthers

HIGH POINT, N.C. -- Forward Daniel Revivo scored two goals to lead Winthrop over High Point, 2-1, in the Big South Conference opener for both teams.

Revivo scored both goals less than six minutes apart as he put the Eagles (5-1-1, 1-0) up in the 37th minute.

Saidi Isaac broke free down the right side and found Stephen Nsereko with a pass to the middle just inside the 18-yard box. Nsereko then found Revivo with a one-touch pass and Revivo hammered the ball home for the goal.

Revivo put the Eagles up 2-0 just before halftime in the 43rd minute as he turned in the box from the right side and tried to cross the ball to the front of the net. The ball was blocked by a High Point defender, but the ball popped up and Revivo ran to it and kicked a shot by Panther keeper Adam Ross for his eighth of the season.

"Obviously, I'm happy that we won the first conference game," said coach Rich Posipanko. "High Point was much better than its record indicates. They were very organized, well coached and worked extremely hard. However, I was disappointed in our defensive effort. And we also had several good scoring chances that we continue to miss."

High Point (2-6-1, 0-1) applied more pressure in the second half and finally broke through the Eagles defense in the 85th minute. The Panthers played a long ball to the top of Winthrop's 18-yard box and several players, including Winthrop keeper Patrick Mitrovich, went to meet the ball. Nobody gained control and after a poorly cleared ball, Christian Dominguez gathered the ball and placed a shot into the open net.

Moments later, the Eagles had a chance to put the game out of reach as Revivo played a through ball that put Grant Wise one-on-one with Ross. Wise's shot was blocked by Ross to keep the Panthers within reach. The best opportunity for High Point to tie the game came in the final two minutes as the Panthers worked the ball around and set up Matt Tuttle with a wide open shot just outside the box. Tuttle ripped a shot that was just over the crossbar. Tuttle did have a good opportunity in the 62nd minute as he was set up at the back post, but his header on what appeared as an open net sailed over the bar.

Mitrovich made four saves on the day, which included a big save early in the game. Chris Shrum was set up with a one-on-one with Mitrovich and ripped a shot from close range. Mitrovich got just enough of his hand on the shot to deflect it wide and keep the Panthers off the scoreboard.

The Eagles remain in conference when they travel to Lynchburg, Va., Saturday at 2 p.m. to face Liberty.