Aug 28, 2012

Lancers beat Howard 1-0

Longwood Senior keeper Kyra Byron
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Longwood University took a 1-0 non-conference women’s soccer shutout victory on the road past Howard University of the Great West Conference Monday night in Washington, D.C.  Freshman Haylea Witz|Chesapeake (Grassfield) scored the game-winning goal unassisted in the 69th minute for the Lancers (3-1), who won their second-straight match, while senior keeper Kyra Byron|Richmond (Mills. E. Godwin) posted the shutout.  Longwood will play again on Sunday afternoon, September 2, at Appalachian State University of the Southern Conference in Boone, North Carolina beginning at 12 p.m.
“It’s always hard to come here and get a result against Howard,” said 19th year head coach Todd Dyer ‘93.  “Their very well organized and very stubborn on defensive.  Offensively, we were dangerous and created chances, and all it takes is one and we got that.  Defensively, we’re on the road and we earned a shutout ... it’s always tough at Howard.” 

Longwood and Howard battled scoreless through the first 45 minutes, and through about half of the second half before Witz collected a deflected shot on the far post and beat the keeper to the top left corner at 68:16.  The Lancers had missed on a penalty kick opportunity about five minutes earlier in the 64th minute after a player was dragged down in the box.
Longwood took a 17-6 advantage in shots, including 5-1 in attempts on goal, and the Lancers had a 7-1 edge in corner kicks too.  Junior Kelsey Pardue|Henrico (Hermitage) had seven shots, one on goal, and senior Nikki Glisson|Mechanicsville (Hanover) had her three shots, one on goal for Longwood.  Byron played the duration in front of the net for the Lancers with one save for her ninth career shutout.
Nia Walcott had two shots, one on goal, to lead Howard while Kyra Dickinson played the duration for the Bison with four saves.
Longwood and Howard were playing for the 13th time in the sport of women’s soccer, and the Lancers lead the series, 11-2.