College Sports

Winthrop women's soccer team shuts out S.C. State

ORANGEBURG -- Winthrop's women's soccer team defeated S.C. State 3-0 in its final non-conference game of the season Thursday evening at Oliver C. Dawson Bulldog Stadium.

"It was great to get the win tonight," Eagles coach Melissa Heinz said. "It is great to stay unbeaten because it shows our consistency. I am really looking forward to our last two conference games of the season at home."

Chelsea Tidwell gave Winthrop (8-8-1) a 1-0 lead in the 38th minute with her team-leading fourth goal. Tidwell gained possession of the ball on S.C. State's side of the field, took a few dribbles and passed it to Nichole Smith. Smith immediately made a through pass back to Tidwell, who fired a shot from 18 yards out and past S.C. State goalkeeper Alechia Brothers, who was charging toward the ball.

The Eagles offense dominated the first half, taking eight total shots with seven attempts on-goal, while the defense held the Bulldogs (1-9-2) to just one shot.

Winthrop went up 2-0 in the 56th minute when Erin Foote scored her third goal of the season. Tidwell started the play after her initial shot was deflected by Brothers, who then bobbled the ball, and Tidwell took the ball from her. Tidwell passed the ball between Brothers' legs to Foote, who kicked the ball into the open net.

Kathleen Pollard scored her first goal of the season in the 77th minute on a free kick from 20 yards out to put the Eagles in front, 3-0. Pollard received the free kick after she was fouled by a Bulldogs defender. Pollard set the ball up at the 20 and blasted her shot over the Bulldog wall and into the top left corner of the net.

Winthrop finished the game with 15 total shots and 12 shots on-goal. S.C. State finished with eight total shots and three attempts on-net.

Pollard, Jessica Hausfeld and Kristen Lee led the Eagles with two shots apiece. Dimi Poulos started the game for the Eagles, but was replaced by Kelsy Weavil in the second half. Weavil finished with three saves.

Winthrop returns to action at 7 p.m. Saturday as it hosts Big South foe Liberty on Senior Day.