FARMVILLE, Va. – Longwood University won two Big South Conference women’s soccer home matches this past week, defeating Winthrop University 2-1 in overtime on October 4, and Gardner-Webb University 2-0 on Oct. 6. The Lancers are 10-4 overall, 5-1 in the Big South and have attained their 13th 10-win season in the 19-year history of the program, while enjoying their finest season start since 2002 (10-3-1). Longwood will play two conference road contests this week in North Carolina at Campbell University in Buies Creek on Thursday, Oct. 11, at 7 p.m., and at High Point University in High Point on Saturday, Oct. 13, at 5 p.m.
Longwood led 1-0 at the intermission after sophomore Kelsey McDonald|Kennett Square, Pa. (Unionville) (this week’s Big South Attacking Player of the Week-see below) scored the opening goal at 21:44, finishing a well played through ball down the left side from junior Kelsey Pardue|Henrico (Hermitage). Winthrop came out strong in the second half and tied the game at 1-1 with a goal from Grace Radler at 64:49, assisted by Taylor Walton
on a ball played in from the right side. It remained 1-1 through 90
minutes, though the Lancers almost ended it in regulation on a solid
shot by senior captain Lindsey Ottavio|Fairfax (W.T. Woodson) with less than a minute on the clock that was saved by Eagles’ keeper Amelia Henderson. In the overtime period, sophomore Kylie Dyer|Farmville (Prince Edward County) collected
a pass to the box from McDonald on the left side and promptly finished
it into the net with a hard shot to the lower left corner at 93:11. It
was Dyer’s first game-winning goal of her career. Longwood had a 14-7
advantage in shots, including 6-3 in attempts on goal, and had a 7-1
advantage on corner kicks, as well. Ottavio and McDonald each had three
shots, two on goal, while Dyer and Pardue each added two shots, one on
goal. Senior keeper Kyra Byron|Richmond (Mills E. Godwin)
played the duration in front of the net for the Lancers with two saves.
Longwood and Winthrop were playing for the first time in the sport of
women’s soccer, and the Lancers now lead the series, 1-0.
Quoting Head Coach Todd Dyer
“It should be that hard to get a result against the first place
team in the conference. The game got away from us in the second half in
terms of our possession and composure in our back half, but we showed
some life again at the end of regulation. Overtime was thrilling and
worth all the stress. Mac and Kylie did a great job of combining on the
goal after Otto forced a huge save early in the period.”
Longwood controlled the match throughout and led 1-0 at the intermission after Kelsey McDonald
scored the opening goal at 25:45, finishing with a hard shot into the
back of the net after collecting a loose ball in the left side of the
box. The Lancers led 1-0 at the intermission despite having a 14-0
advantage in shots. Kelsey Pardue scored at 80:49 when she collected her own rebound from a saved penalty kick attempt by Bulldogs’ keeper Amy Schmitt
and promptly placed the ball back into the net. Longwood had a 22-2
advantage in shots, including 10-2 in attempts on goal, and had a 9-2
advantage on corner kicks, as well. Pardue had six shots, four on goal,
while McDonald added four shots, one on goal. Kyra Byron
played the duration in front for the Lancers with two saves en route to
her fifth shutout this season, and the 12th shutout of her career to
rank sixth all-time. Longwood and Gardner-Webb were playing for the
third time in the sport of women’s soccer and for the first time since
1998. The Lancers now lead the series, 2-1.
Quoting Head Coach Todd Dyer
“We created a lot of chances, especially in the first half, but
we could have done much more with our finishing. The second half was
lackluster for us in a lot of areas, but we won’t complain about a 2-0
shutout in conference.”
Leading The Lancers
Kelsey Pardue leads Longwood, and the Big South, in scoring through 14 matches with her six goals and five assists totaling 17 points. Kelsey McDonald adds three goals and three assists for nine points. Lindsey Ottavio adds two goals and three assists for seven points. Kylie Dyer has three goals for six points. Sophomore Samantha Phillips|Chesapeake (Grassfield) and freshman Haylea Witz|Chesapeake (Grassfield) each have two goals for four points. Senior Nikki Glisson|Mechanicsville (Hanover), as well as freshmen Bridget Bergquist|Bristow (Brentsville) and Alana Mackey|Leesburg (Loudoun County) each add one goal for two points. Sophomore Taylor Cave|Virginia Beach (Kellam) and freshman Olivia Colella|Herndon (Chantilly) each have one assist totaling one point. Kyra Byron
has played 1144 minutes in front of the net, while allowing 12 goals
(0.94) with 47 saves (.797) and 5.33 shutouts. Junior keeper Shelby Hall|Purcellville (Loudoun Valley)
has played 123 minutes in front of the net, while allowing three goals
(2.20) with nine saves (.750) and 0.33 shutouts. Redshirt-sophomore Dana Wallace|Charlottesville (Home Schooled) has played 12 minutes in front of the net with 0.33 shutouts.
In The Record Book
Kyra Byron ranks second in career goals
against average (35-0.85), fifth in minutes (3707) and saves (150), and
sixth in wins (20) and shutouts (12). Lindsey Ottavio ranks tied for third in career goals (24), and tied for fifth in points (58). Kelsey Pardue is tied for fifth in career assists (18).
NCAA/Big South Statistics
Longwood ranked 44th in Division I winning percentage (.714) through Oct. 7, and 61st in shutout percentage (.429). Kelsey Pardue ranked 18th in game-winning goals (4), 83rd in assists (5), 89th in points (17) and 122nd in goals (6). Kyra Byron
ranked 84th in goals against average (0.94), 121st in save percentage
(.797) and 129th in minutes (1144). In Big South-only matches (6), the
Lancers are tied for first in goals allowed (4-0.67), second in goals
against average (0.66), tied for second in shutouts (3-0.50), tied for
third in goals (12-2.0), fourth in points (32-5.33) and fifth in assists
(8-1.33). Kelsey Pardue ranks first in points (14-2.33) and game-winning goals (3), and is tied for first in goals (5-0.83) and assists (4-0.67). Kyra Byron is tied for second in shutouts (2-0.33), third in goals-against average (0.72) and is sixth in save percentage (.800). Kelsey McDonald is tied for fifth in points (8-1.33) and goals (3-0.50), and tied for eighth in assists (2-0.33).
Big South … Here We Are
Longwood has completed the non-league portion of its schedule and is
playing only Big South matches the rest of the season. The Lancers
play 11-straight Big South contests from Sept. 20 to Oct. 23. The Big
South Conference Tournament will include the top eight teams playing
quarterfinal matches at the four highest seeds on Oct. 27, followed by
semifinal matches on November 2 and the tournament championship contest
on Nov. 4, hosted by Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina.
Big South Conference/Attacking Player Of The Week
Kelsey Pardue was named the Big South
Conference Attacking Player Of The Week Sept. 25 for her efforts during
the 4-0 home win against UNC Asheville on Sept. 20 and the 2-1 overtime
home win against Presbyterian on Sept. 22. She is Longwood’s third Big
South Player of the Week (see below). Pardue scored three goals -- two
game-winners -- and added two assists to lead Longwood to a pair of Big
South wins. She was involved in all four scores against UNC Asheville,
scoring the first and game-winning goal in the fourth minute with a hard
shot into the net after a feed into the box. Pardue returned the favor
when she fed the ball in from the left side on the game’s second goal
in the 12th minute, and added another assist as she played a
through-ball in for a successful shot in the 19th minute. She completed
the scoring outburst when she got free down the middle of the field and
beat the keeper one-on-one in the 21st minute. Pardue capped her
outstanding week with the game-winning goal in OT against Presbyterian.
She tallied the game-winner in the 105th minute when she dribbled up
the middle through traffic and shot successfully to the right upper 90.
The talented third-year starter now totals 13 goals and 16 assists for
42 points in her career. Pardue was also named the College Sports Madness Big South Player of the Week.
Big South Conference Defensive Player Of The Week
Kyra Byron was named the Big South
Conference Defensive Player Of The Week Sept. 11 for her effort during a
1-0 shutout road victory at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County
on Sept. 9. She is Longwood’s second Big South Player of the Week.
Byron posted six saves for the Lancers against the Retrievers with five
of her saves in the second half, including four after Longwood had
taken a one-goal advantage. It was the third shutout in six matches
this season for Byron, the fourth-year team member who now totals 10
shutouts in her career to rank sixth all-time.
Big South Conference/Attacking Player Of The Week
Lindsey Ottavio was named the Big South
Conference Attacking Player Of The Week August 28 for her effort during
the 2-1 double-overtime home win past Richmond on August 24. She is
Longwood’s first Big South Player of the Week since the school joined
the conference on July 1. Ottavio scored two unassisted goals,
including the game-winner just 50-seconds into the second extra period
to lead the Lancers (3-1) past the Spiders. She scored her first goal
in the 65th minute, taking the ball through the middle of the box while
beating both a defender and the keeper with a shot to the left side of
the net at 64:35. Ottavio finally ended the well-played match at 100:50
when she took a loose ball in the box and once again beat the keeper
with a hard shot to the left side for the sudden victory. The
second-year team captain has eight game-winning goals in her career.
Ottavio was also named the College Sports Madness Big South Player of the Week.
Big South Network
Longwood produced its first-ever Big South Network live
video-streamed broadcast against UNC Asheville on Sept. 20. The Big
South Network is the official video provider for all Big South
Conference games. Each member institution is required to produce
broadcasts for home events to be streamed via the conference network.
The Lancers will stream three women’s soccer matches this fall,
including the matches against visiting Winthrop University (Oct. 4) and
Virginia Military Institute (Oct. 20). The Big South Network has an
archive of on-demand videos that can be viewed for free. A paid
subscription is required to view live events, with both single-game and
season passes available. You can view the Longwood Lancers TV page to
watch all of the Lancers’ webcasts and see a schedule of upcoming events
by visiting www.longwoodlancers.com or www.bigsouthsports.com.
No Place Like Home
Longwood is now 47-15-2 (.750) on its home turf at the Athletics
Complex since beginning competition at the facility in 2006. The
Lancers, 7-1 at home this season, are 40-14-1 (.736) in Farmville since
attaining its NCAA Division I certification and eligibility for 2007.
Lindsey Ottavio is serving as a team captain for the second consecutive season, while senior Natalie Massey|Virginia Beach (Landstown) is in the team leadership role for the first time.
Youth Being Served
Ten freshmen and/or sophomores have made starts through the opening
14 matches. The Lancers have nine true sophomores and 10 true freshmen
among their 28-player roster, and all 19 of them have seen action this
Coaching Milestone: 200 Career Wins
Todd Dyer ‘93, enjoying his 19th year
as the founder and head coach of the Longwood women’s soccer program,
now has an overall record of 203-123-20, including 14 winning seasons. A
former standout midfielder at Longwood, he served as a team captain for
two years and scored 15 goals during his four years, earning
All-Virginia Intercollegiate Soccer Association (VISA) honors as a
senior. A native of Manassas, Dyer earned a Bachelor of Science degree
in physical education from Longwood in 1993. He also coached the
Longwood men’s soccer program for seven years (1996-2002), compiling a
record of 75-53-7.
Quoting Head Coach Todd Dyer
“200 is a nice milestone and what it really reflects is that I’ve
been fortunate to do what I love, at a place I love, for a long, long
time. I’m blessed to have had the privilege of working with so many
great people these past 19 years. Our program’s future is very bright
due to all of their hard work.”
The Coaching Staff
Head coach Todd Dyer’93 is assisted by associate head coach Steve Brdarski, in his ninth season, along with student assistant Rachel Powers ’14.
Up Next Week
Longwood will remain on the road for another Big South match at
Radford University on Thursday, Oct. 18, at 7 p.m., before returning
home for its final regular season home contest and Senior Night against
VMI on Saturday, Oct. 20, at 6 p.m.
WOMEN’S COLLEGE SOCCER
For Immediate Release: October 10, 2012
Contact: Greg Prouty
KELSEY McDONALD NAMED BIG SOUTH CONFERENCE WOMEN’S SOCCER ATTACKING PLAYER OF THE WEEK
FARMVILLE, Va. -- Longwood University sophomore forward Kelsey McDonald|Kennett Square, Pa. (Unionville) has been named this week’s Big South Conference Women’s Soccer Attacking Player Of The Week
for her efforts during two conference wins against Winthrop on October 4
and Gardner-Webb on Oct. 6. She scored two goals, including one
game-winner, and added one assist to lead Longwood to a pair of Big
South home wins. The Lancers defeated the Eagles 2-1 in overtime as
McDonald was involved in both scores. She scored the first goal in the
22nd minute, finishing a well-played through ball on the left side to
help the team to a 1-0 advantage at the intermission, and provided the
assist on the game-winning goal in the 94th minute when she delivered a
nice ball into the box from the left side once again. McDonald capped
her outstanding week with the first and game-winning goal in the 26th
minute of a 2-0 win against the Bulldogs, collecting a loose ball in the
box and finishing with a hard shot into the back of the net. The
talented second-year starter is second on the team in scoring this
season with three goals and three assists for nine points, and totals
five goals and five assists in 32 career matches. McDonald is
Longwood’s fourth Big South Women’s Soccer Player of the Week (Lindsey
Ottavio-Attacking, August 28; Kyra Byron-Defensive, Sept. 11; Kelsey
Pardue-Attacking, Sept. 25) this season.