Emmitsburg, Md. (September 8, 2016) – A pair of goals from Jasmine Casarez proved to be the difference as Radford knocked off Mount St. Mary's University, 2-1, in women's soccer action on Friday night at Waldron Family Stadium.
After a scoreless first half, Casarez netted the first goal of the contest just over nine minutes into the second. Allyson Giannone sent a long cross into the box and Casarez finished it off with a header into the lower left corner just past the outstretched arm of Maggie Barron.
Casarez struck again under 10 minutes later with her second goal of the game and sixth of the season. The junior midfielder worked her way just inside the box and sent a shot from a very sharp angle into the top left netting to put the Highlanders up 2-0.
The Mount cut into the Radford lead in the 80th minute of play. A long ball sent into the box was misplayed by Radford goalie Lexi Dean, who saw it bounce off her outstretched hand, and Marcella Fegler picked up the loose ball and scored on an open net to cut the Mount deficit to 2-1. The tally was Fegler's second of the campaign.
The Mountaineers nearly evened the contest with six and a half minute remaining, but Kayla Hughes shot from five yards out towards the near post was turned away by a diving Dean, who kept the Highlanders' lead intact.
Radford closed out the 2-1 victory to move to a perfect 6-0 on the year, while Mount St. Mary's fell to 3-4 on the year.
Dean posted her fifth win of the season in goal with a six-save performance, while Barron stopped two shots in the losing effort.
The Mount nearly grabbed an early first-half advantage, but Gianna Pomykacz' strike from a few yards out was called back due to an offside call.
Radford also had a golden scoring opportunity with just over a minute remaining in the first after drawing a foul inside the box. Casarez' potential go-ahead penalty kick rang off the post and was cleared from danger by the Mount defense.
Mount St. Mary's held a slight advantages over the Highlanders in both shots (16-14) and corners (4-2) in the tilt.
The Mount returns to action on Sunday (Sept. 10) for a matchup with VMI at Waldron Family Stadium at 1 p.m.