FARMVILLE, Va. - Gardner-Webb fell 5-0 behind a second half power surge from Longwood University on the road Saturday afternoon in both teams' Big South Conference opener.
The Runnin' Bulldogs fell to 3-6-2 (0-1-0 BSC) on the season, while the Lancers improve to 4-6-1 (1-0-0 BSC).
"That match definitely got away from us quickly," said head coach Mike Varga. "Credit goes to Longwood for taking it to us in the second half. It was an embarrassing effort by our team, but I am completely confident that we will fix this for our next match."
Gardner-Webb's best opportunity came in the 11th minute when Eline Glamsland weaved her way through the Longwood defense and placed a shot that bounced off of the crossbar.
After a stout defensive effort in the first half by the Runnin' Bulldogs, Gardner-Webb saw five goals find the back of the net in a 20-minute span for the host side.
Longwood opened up the scoring in the 51st minute when Sheyenne Shretz scored, as Amanda Spencer found Shretz wide open in the middle of 18-yard box. She was able to place the ball in the back of the net past a diving Gardner-Webb keeper for the 1-0 lead.
The Lancers doubled the lead three minutes later. This time Stretz assisted to Kathryn Miller for her first tally of the match. Longwood led 2-0 just eight minutes into the second half.
Longwood added three more goals in a four-minute span that started in 67th minute and ended in the 71st. The Lancers scores came from Janese Quick, Kathryn Miller (second of the match), and Sydney Wallace.
The Runnin' Bulldogs will be back in action on Wednesday, September 28, as they travel to Clinton, S.C., to take on Presbyterian College. Kickoff is set for 7:00 pm.