Gardner-Webb Drops Big South Opener, 20-1, To High Point Saturday Afternoon

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Tim Cowie Photo |

BOILING SPRINGS – High Point jumped out to a 11-0 lead midway through the first half and took a 20-1 win over Gardner-Webb in the Big South Conference opener for both teams.

Gardner-Webb (0-11, 0-1 Big South) saw the Panthers (7-3, 1-0 Big South) score five goals in the first 4:55 of the game to take control early. High Point continued its run, scoring five more goals in the next 6:25 to push its lead to double figures.

The Panthers went up 11-0 on Grace Giampetroni's goal at the 14:35 mark, before Abby Hanscom took a pass from Amanda Steinmuller and connected on her ninth goal of the season. It was the 11th assist of the year for Steinmuller.

High Point scored three more times before the halftime buzzer, with Allie Little's goal with 19 seconds left in the half putting the visitors up 14-1.

The Panthers put three goals home in the first nine minutes of the second half to go up 17-1 and spread a trio of goals out over the final 15 minutes to cap the score.

Gardner-Webb was hampered by 19 turnovers, with High Point causing 13 of those miscues. Several came on clear attempts, with the 'Dogs just 1-for-9 on clears for the game.

The Panthers held a heavy shooting advantage, getting off 30 shots and putting 24 on goal. The Runnin' Bulldogs managed only eight shots, with three of those coming in the final 90 seconds of play.

Hanscom led the way with three shots and also had three ground balls to pace Gardner-Webb. Maddie Stephens added two ground balls from her midfield spot.

High Point got four goals from Emory Gaeng, three each from Samantha Brown and Haley Roberts and two each from Darla Poulin, Samantha Herman and Giampetroni. The Panthers had 17 ground balls in the game, with Eric Perrotta coming up with three.

On the defensive side, Christina Del Sesto had two ground balls, two caused turnovers and helped power the early High Point surge with four draw controls.

Gardner-Webb will hit the road next week to face Radford on Wednesday at 4:00 pm. The Runnin' Bulldogs will play at home next Saturday, April 8, against Presbyterian (1:00 pm).