CHARLESTON, S.C. - The UNC Asheville women's soccer team made a gallant effort at pulling off a stunning upset over top-seeded Radford but fell in penalty kicks, 3-2 to the Highlanders in the quarterfinals of Big South Conference Championship at Blackbaud Stadium Thursday afternoon.
The Bulldogs (4-15-1) played the Highlanders tough from start to finish. RU took a 1-0 lead in the 70th minute only to see Asheville quickly answer. Freshman Kaitlyn Eckert scored her fifth goal of the season as her shot went past the left side of the keeper in the 74th minute to knot the match at 1-1.
Both teams had chances to win the match but each goalkeeper was able to make key saves. Asheville goalkeeper Heather Muller was brilliant for the Bulldogs with 13 saves on the day.
The match went to a Penalty Kick Shootout. Asheville missed its first three shots, while Muller stopped the Highlanders on their first two tries. Finally RU's Caitlyn Kick was able to get one in the net to put the Highlanders on the board.
Asheville made its next two kicks as Amanda Knapp and Francis Staelin came up big for the Bulldogs. But Radford's Rachel Conway was able to score for the Highlanders to give RU the victory.
Each team had 17 shots each. Radford held a 4-2 edge in corner kicks. RU goalkeeper Lisa Lubke made seven saves.