College Sports

Posipanko gets 300th win

Winthrop's Rich Posipanko joined an elite fraternity Sunday when the Eagles beat winless Gardner-Webb 5-1 in the final match of the Wingate Inn Classic.

Posipanko, in his 19th season at Winthrop, became the 26th NCAA Division I coach and 52nd in all divisions to reach the 300-win plateau. He's now 183-155-22 at Winthrop.

Before coming to Rock Hill, Posipanko posted a 117-49-21 record during a 10-year stretch at Longwood College in Farmville, Va.

"Getting 300 wins is about three things," said Posipanko, who started his college head coaching career at Longwood in 1979 with an inauspicious 4-10-1 mark. "You have to have good players, good assistant coaches and understanding administrations that know what it needs to be successful.

"Fortunately, I've had all three everywhere I've been."

Posipanko has been blessed with solid players over his career. He's had 113 all-conference players, 12 all-Americans, 49 all-region selections, three freshmen of the year, two players of the year, 22 academic all-Americans and six national team members.

Some of his best are on this year's squad and they played like it against the Bulldogs.

Big South Conference player of the year Saidi Isaac scored his fourth and fifth goals of the year, while Daniel Revivo notched his sixth.

Gardner-Webb (0-5-1) got on the board first when Richard Godfrey scored with 10:30 on the clock.

"I thought we didn't play well at all the first 15 minutes or so," Posipanko said. "After that, we pretty much controlled the game. Over that time period we were playing as well as we have all season. We just need to learn how to put 90 minutes together.

"We haven't played a full 90 minutes this year. I think we've got better each game, but if we want to get where we want to be at the end of the season, we've got to play every minute of every game."

The Eagles (4-1) tied the score with 29:16 showing in the first half when Isaac took a pass from Revivo and blasted a shot by Bulldogs goalkeeper Dane Geraci.

Just over a minute later, a shot by Grant Wise deflected off a Gardner-Webb defender in the box for an own goal.

Revivo scored with 7:47 left in the half after a spectacular save by Geraci. Geraci made a diving stop of an Isaac shot, but the ball bounced right at Revivo's feet.

Isaac and Said Abdi closed out the scoring for the Eagles. Abdi's goal was his first of the year.

Winthrop returns to Eagle Field at 7 p.m. on Wednesday to face Appalachian State. The Eagles, the Big South Conference's defending champion and preseason No. 1 pick, opens league play at High Point on Sept. 26.

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