|Longwood Senior Nikki Glisson|
FARMVILLE, Va. -- Longwood University dropped a 3-1 non-conference women’s soccer decision on the road at Cleveland State University of the Horizon League Sunday afternoon in Ohio. Senior Nikki Glisson|Mechanicsville (Hanover) scored the lone goal for the Lancers (5-3) in the 56th minute, assisted by sophomore Taylor Cave|Virginia Beach (Kellam) against the host Vikings (3-5). Longwood has now completed the non-league portion of its schedule and will play the first of 11-straight Big South Conference matches against the University of North Carolina-Asheville on Thursday night, September 20, at the Athletics Complex in Farmville at 7 p.m. … admission is free.
“We made too many mistakes in our back third today and we paid for that by conceding three goals on the road,” said 19th year head coach Todd Dyer ‘93. “We possessed the ball well a lot of the time but just didn’t create enough scoring chances. However, the result serves as a good reality check before conference play starts on Thursday and we will work hard this week to turn today into a positive.”
Longwood yielded an early goal at CSU when Erin O’Toole scored on a corner kick, assisted by Vickie Havas at 9:25. It remained a one-goal advantage for the Vikings at the intermission, before Glisson tied the match at 1-1 with her shot to the far post at 55:06, aided by Cave who played the ball out from the corner. It was the first goal of the season for Glisson, and the first career assist for Cave. CSU went ahead for good on an unassisted goal by Chloe Fadenholz at 65:54, and secured the outcome at 80:41 when Havas was successful on a double-assist from Frederike Dubeau and Taylor Vidovic.
Cleveland State took a 12-6 advantage in shots, including 9-4 in attempts on goal, though Longwood had a 3-2 edge on corner kicks. Junior Kelsey Pardue|Henrico (Hermitage) and freshman Alana Mackey|Leesburg (Loudoun County) each had two shots for the Lancers. Junior keeper Shelby Hall|Purcellville (Loudoun Valley) made her first start and appearance of the season and played the duration in front of the net for the visitors with six saves.
Havas had three shots to lead CSU, while keeper Sarah Wood played the duration for the Vikings with two saves.
Longwood and CSU were playing for just the second time in the sport of women’s soccer as the young series is now tied at 1-1.