College Sports

Women's soccer falls; Volleyball extends streak

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. -- The Winthrop women's soccer team scored the go-ahead goal in the 78th minute to open a 2-1 margin over Austin Peay, but the Lady Governors managed to get two goals in a five-minute span to record the 3-2 victory.

"We scored goals, but caused mistakes to ourselves that cost us the win. We are not lacking talent or effort, but we need to find a way to finish off games," Winthrop head coach Melissa Heinz said. "We played good soccer. We didn't get beat by anybody today, we beat ourselves."

The Lady Eagles (0-3-3) scored first as junior forward Ashley Hallmon tallied her second goal of the season, assisted by senior midfielder Michelle Butler and sophomore midfielder Katie Schraudenbach.

The Lady Eagles would take the 1-0 lead to the locker room and led the contest until the 72nd minute, when the Lady Governors' Ashley Beck scored the equalizer.

Butler found the frame off a free kick in the 78th minute to give Winthrop a 2-1 lead, but an unassisted goal by Beck in the 79th minute and a goal by Monique Wong assisted by Elyse Lovelace three minutes later gave the Governors the final 3-2 score.

Junior goalkeeper Dimitra Poulos had another great outing, compiling nine saves, while Hallmon led Winthrop in shots with three.

On Friday, the team battled Tennessee Tech through 110 minutes, but came away with a 1-1 tie Cookeville, Tenn.

Friday's result marked Winthrop's third tie of the season. Tennessee Tech moved to 1-4-2 on the year.

"We weren't pleased with how we finished with another tie today," Heinz said. "We need to be able to score more in a game like this."

Hallmon scored her seventh career goal and first of the season, while junior forward Chelsea White provided the pass for her second assist of the year.

Tennessee Tech's goal was scored by Rachel Martin-Trevino, with Brooke Mayo getting the assist.

Poulos tallied eight saves, while Tennessee Tech keeper Loretta McNamee had four stops.

Both teams scored late goals as the Eagles dented the scoreboard in the 85th minute and the Golden Eagles got the equalizer in the 89th minute.

The Eagles now come back to Rock Hill for a non-conference home game against Georgia Southern at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

• VOLLEYBALL: The Winthrop volleyball team extended its Big South Conference winning streak to 55 matches as it defeated High Point 33-21, 30-28, 30-32, 30-20 Friday night in the Winthrop Coliseum. Sophomore right side Kelley Taylor's led the way with 26 kills.

Winthrop's third straight win lifted the team to 5-9 on the season, while the Panthers dropped to 8-5.

Taylor's 26 kills were a season high among all Big South players, while junior middle hitter Shannon Sitzmann matched her career high with 22 kills. Taylor, who also led the Eagles in hitting percentage with .460, along with freshman middle hitter Kaley Viola, were a force defending the net as each added five block assists.

Freshman setter Kelsey Hall had a Big South-high 66 assists and 10 digs for her sixth double-double of the year, while junior libero Pohai Nu'uhiwa's 22 digs marked the seventh time she has captured 20 or more digs in a match this season. Freshman outside hitter Kellie Sellers had 12 kills and 15 digs for her seventh career double-double.

For the Panthers, the offensive highlight was Ashley Johnson, who posted 15 kills, while Julie Hershkowitz was High Point's best answer for the Eagle attacks as she notched 22 digs.

The Eagles take a week-long break before hosting two more Big South opponents in Radford next Friday and Liberty on Saturday.