BOILING SPRINGS, N.C. – Redshirt-junior Lindsey Gladhill continued her torrid scoring streak, netting all three Gardner-Webb goals Sunday afternoon, helping the Bulldogs knock off SEC foe Mississippi State, 3-2.
Gardner-Webb remains unbeaten at 4-0 while MSU stands at 0-4 with the loss.
“Coach Mounce put in the system and the team came into the match and executed well,” associate head coach Rob Berkowitz said. “The players knew what needed to be done and they came in and did it.”
It didn’t take long for the Bulldogs to jump on the scoreboard. In the third minute of play, sophomore Angie Harvey played the ball to junior Brittany Woods. Woods then one-timed it to Gladhill, who cut in behind the defense as the pass left Woods’ feet. Gladhill went bottom left, just past a diving Stephanie Dallas in goal, for a 1-0 lead.
Woods’ assist was the 13th of her career, tying her for 10th on the career assist list at GWU. She is now tied with Dawn Zimmerman and Gladhill.
However, the lead wouldn’t last long as MSU got a quick strike on the restart. Kevyn Shelledy passed to Brandi Parker who drilled a curving shot from 20 yards out past an outstretched Sarah Wyszynski, knotting the match at one apiece.
In the 22nd minute, Gladhill was at the end-line and crossed the ball to the far side of the goal. However, the ball hit the far post. When Dallas caught the ball off the ricochet, she was over the line, giving the Bulldogs a 2-1 lead.
The score remained the same until Gladhill netted the game-winner at the 75:28 mark for GWU. After the Bulldogs won the ball along the far sideline, freshman Kasey Gladhill found her big sister, who turned and fired far post for the 3-2 advantage the team wouldn’t relinquish.
“I didn’t expect to have this type of game today,” Lindsey Gladhill said. “I’ve had problems with my breakaways and I’m excited to have finished them. On the last goal, I knew that if I went far post, I’d be able to beat their goalie and that’s what I did.”
MSU continued to apply pressure and pulled to within one at 3-2 with just over eight minutes left in the contest. Ashley Hood found Heidi Ondra, who placed a superb ball into the lower right of the goal.
After the score, GWU continued to apply offensive pressure and tried get an insurance goal. However, Dallas made two beautiful stops and another shot hit the post, negating any chances of the Bulldogs scoring again.
The two teams played a pretty even match overall. GWU out-shot the visitors, 17-16, and placed 10 shots on goal to seven for MSU. Wyszynski and Dallas each tallied five saves in the match.
“It was a fantastic effort by the team,” Berkowitz said. “We weren’t intimidated and didn’t back down. Now we just have to get ready for our next match.”
The Bulldogs are back in action Friday, Sept. 8 at Varsity Field. GWU hosts Appalachian State at 7 p.m.