BOILING SPRINGS, N.C.—Gardner-Webb was defeated by #20 Radford, 1-0, off an early goal in the first half that proved to be the difference in conference action on Saturday.
"Radford made the most of their opportunities today," Coach Setzer said, "I'm very pleased with our guys. I thought we played very well against a nationally ranked opponent. I wish the result had been different, but I'm very proud with the effort. We showed better effort than I've seen us have in a long time and I'm very proud of the guys for that. Hopefully we can build off this and execute from causing this to happen in the future."
Gardner-Webb falls to 3-6-0 (1-1-0 BSC), while Radford improves to 7-2-0 (1-0-0 BSC).
In the 19th minute, Victor Valls set up Michael Walsh with a one touch pass that Walsh was able to put in the back right corner of the net past a diving keeper for a 1-0 lead.
Gardner-Webb had a chance to tie it up before the half, as Hunter Frey had a chance from 25 yards out from straightaway center, but the Radford keeper turned away the shot.
The Runnin' Bulldogs owned possession for most of the second half, but failed to score on a number of chances. The last chance came in the 89th minute when Ali-Al Gashamy chipped a shot over the defense that was saved by the Radford keeper. The strike would have tied the game up with less than a minute to go in the match.
Gardner-Webb was led by Simen Olsen, who had three shots (one on goal), and two shots each from Al-Gashamy, Severin Soerlie, and Marvin Mendy. Radford was led by Walsh with the lone goal (one shot) and Jako Strandsater with two shots.
The Runnin' Bulldogs will return to action on Wednesday, October 5, as they travel to Asheville to take on the Bulldogs of UNC-Asheville. Kickoff is set for 7:00 pm.