LEXINGTON, Va. - A 64th-minute goal by Gabi Paupst broke a 1-1 tie and helped the Radford Highlanders edge out the VMI Keydets, 2-1, in women's soccer action Friday in Lexington, Va.
Less than a minute after Emma Quirk had tied the game for VMI (3-6), Paupst controlled a Allyson Giannone corner kick and deflected a shot off the side of her right foot. The attempt to the left of Keydet goalkeeper Sidney Swoope found the back of the net to Swoope's right, giving the Highlanders (7-0) a lead they would not surrender.
Radford jumped out to the lead at 12:56, when Jasmine Casarez stole a pass near midfield and found Jessica Wollmann streaking about 18 yards out. Wollman took multiple touches and beat Ceci Keppeler left to right, making it 1-0 RU.
The Highlanders had a pair of chances to increase the margin later in the half, but a Casarez header hit the very top of the crossbar and bounced over in the 36th minute. The midfielder then missed high on a point-blank try in the 43rd minute and RU held just a 1-0 lead at halftime.
VMI knotted the score in the 63rd minute. Julianne Knoblett served a ball into the box from 30 yards out, and Quirk was able to outduel a defender to tip it by RU keeper Courtenay Kaplan for her third goal of the year. The tie, however, was shortlived, as Paupst scored at 63:26 to account for the final margin.
For the match, Radford outshot VMI 24-12. VMI, however, held a 6-4 edge in corner kicks and an 8-4 advantage in saves, with Ceci Keppeler and Swoope making four stops each.
VMI women's soccer will return to action Sept. 22, when the Keydets open SoCon play at Furman in Greenville, S.C. Opening kick is set for 7 p.m.