College Sports

Revivo leads Eagles to win

Winthrop's Sean Weron fights for possession with UNC Asheville's Ryan Haupt, left, and Nicholas Baud at Eagle Field.
Winthrop's Sean Weron fights for possession with UNC Asheville's Ryan Haupt, left, and Nicholas Baud at Eagle Field.

Daniel Revivo's second goal of the night -- this one with 2:50 left in overtime -- lifted Winthrop to a 2-1 victory over UNC Asheville and kept Winthrop's hopes for a high seed in the upcoming Big South Conference soccer tournament alive.

Revivo's game-winner came with 2:50 left in the first overtime against the cellar-dwelling Bulldogs, who gave the Eagles all they wanted.

Happy to get the win, Winthrop coach Rich Posipanko was less than pleased with his team's performance in a big conference matchup.

"Playing like we did at home, in a conference game with the possibility of a No. 1 seed, was embarrassing," Posipanko said. "They worked us and played with more heart. You have to give them credit."

That the Bulldogs were 0-5 in BSC play coming into the game had to be puzzling to Posipanko and the Eagles, when you look at how UNCA played against the reigning league champions and preseason No. 1 pick in the first half.

UNCA (2-11-1, 0-6 BSC) seemed loose while the Eagles (9-2-2, 3-1-1) looked tense and definitely out of sync.

Posipanko was asked if he thought his team was looking past the Bulldogs to the showdown with Coastal Carolina next week.

"I think it was a case we overlooked them," Posipanko said. "They were 0-5, they hadn't scored a goal in conference and hadn't won on the road. I don't think it was a case of looking ahead, we just overlooked them.

"We tried to tell our team that you can't always look at statistics. We're not good enough to play without intensity. Everyone in the league brings their 'A' game when we play. They're going to surprise somebody in the tournament."

Revivo, who has 11 goals on the season, agreed.

"They played hard," the junior forward said. "It took us a while to get started. I thought we got it going in the second half.

"We had a lot of chances. It never should have played out the way it did."

The Bulldogs got on the board first when go-to forward Scott Szymanski beat All-BSC goalie Patrick Mitrovich with 25:08 on the clock. It was the Asheville native's team-high sixth goal of the season.

Revivo tied it with 36:57 showing in the second half on a ball from Steven Nsereko, who continued to come up with big plays for the Eagles. He started the game-winner with a corner kick.

"He made a good kick and Sean Weron just flicked it," the All-BSC first-team selection. "I was standing about six yards out and just redirected it."

It was Revivo's ninth game-winner of the season.

"We were not the best team on the field tonight," Posipanko said. "So we feel fortunate to get the win."

• WINTHROP 2, RADFORD 1 (OT) -- At Radford, Va., the Winthrop women's soccer team trailed by a goal until the last minute of the second half, when sophomore midfielder Katie Schraudenbach scored to send the game to overtime. Junior forward Chelsea White scored one minute into overtime to give the Lady Eagles a 2-1 win.

The win improved Winthrop to 6-6-4, 4-2 in the Big South, while Radford dropped to 9-7, 3-3.

The two teams provided 15 shots, Winthrop getting 11 as opposed as Radford's four. White, who got her seventh goal of the season, provided three shots. Schraudenbach's goal was the first of her career while freshman striker Tricia Vensel picked up her first career point on an assist.

Goalkeepers Emily Heath and Alex Traughber combined for nine saves for the Highlanders, while junior goalie Dimitra Poulos only had to make three interventions on the Winthrop side.

Despite creating more chances in the first period, Winthrop went to the locker room trailing 1-0 after Radford's Justine Dugger beat the buzzer, scoring off a Winthrop clearance after a corner kick.

The Lady Eagles kept pressuring Radford in the second half, but things weren't happening until Schraudenbach found the right upper 90 on an arching shot from outside of the 18-yard box.

Winthrop, playing its seventh overtime this season, got the game-winning goal in the second minute of the period when White found the back of the net after getting a rebound off a shot by Vensel that hit the post.

The Lady Eagles will be back in action Saturday, wrapping regular-season play hosting High Point. The Senior Day match begins at 1 p.m.