Emmitsburg, Md. (August 25, 2019)--Mount St. Mary's fell to Radford, 2-0, in the home opener at Waldron Family Stadium this afternoon. Senior goalkeeper Charlotte Elrod made seven saves for the Mount in the game.
Radford (2-0) converted on a pair of set pieces to take a two-goal lead in the opening half. The Highlanders earned a corner kick in the 14th minute to set up the play. On the corner, Kayla Thomas headed the ball off the cross bar. Thomas was able to get a foot on the rebound to Perez, who headed the ball into the goal to give Radford a 1-0 lead.
Another corner kick opportunity set up Radford's second goal. Gabi Paupst received the ball at the top of the 18 off the corner, and drilled a shot that Elrod was able to tip off the crossbar. After a scramble on the rebound, Perez collected the ball and tapped a pass to Thomas, who was able to connect on her shot for the two-goal lead.
The Mount's best scoring chance of the afternoon came in the 40th minute when Maddie Tchou got the ball at the top of the penalty area. She drilled a shot that Radford keeper Courtenay Kaplan was able to keep out of the net with a diving stop to her right.
In the second half, the Mount posted a 7-to-6 shot advantage, but Radford was able to maintain its lead to earn the win. For the game, Radford held a 14-to-12 edge in shots while each team had five corner kicks.
Elrod made seven saves in her second consecutive start this season. Jasmine McCree and Hannah Cooksey led the Mountaineers with three shots each on offense. Kaplan made four saves in the first half while Lexi Dean added one save while playing the second half for Radford. Perez and Thomas each had a goal and an assist in the victory.
Mount St. Mary's is back in action on Thursday, August 29, with a 5:00 p.m. matchup at Towson.
Game Notes: Radford is the defending Big South champion, and were selected to win the Big South again this year in the preseason poll…Radford holds a 5-0 lead in the all-time series…The teams have played in each of the past three seasons…Radford held the possession edge in the game, 54-46 percent.