Radford capitalized on two second half USC Upstate own goals to overcome a halftime deficit and post a 2-1 victory Sunday afternoon in non-conference action from County University Soccer Stadium.
Upstate senior defender Alexa Hone scored the first goal of the game in the 42nd minute when she tallied her second goal of the season. Kenzie Major picked up an assist on the play after her corner kick found the foot of Hone for a left-footed blast to beat Radford keeper Katie McCormick far post.
“Kenzie saw the perfect opportunity and passed me a beautiful ball that gave me a chance to take one touch and put a shot on goal,” Hone said. “I knew where I wanted to go with the ball and I was confident that I could score.”
Radford reserve McKensey Ziegler nearly netted the equalizer seconds before halftime, but Spartan keeper Ellen Bright made a diving save to preserve the shutout. Ziegler knifed her way through the Upstate defense and put a shot on goal that Bright managed to get a hand on and slow down. Bright immediately turned towards the net and dove on top of the ball just before it crossed the goal line.
Bright finished the half with four saves and currently leads the Atlantic Sun with 32.
An own goal in the 54th minute and a second in the 78th minute allowed the Highlanders to tie and later take the lead en route to their second straight victory.
“Today was truly an unlucky and unfortunate situation,” USC Upstate assistant coach Leah Fortune said. “I don’t think we have played against a team that is as direct as Radford is. The only thing we can do is move forward and see how we learn and respond.”
Upstate returns to action Friday at 7 p.m. when the Spartans travel to Clinton, S.C., to face Presbyterian.