ROCK HILL, SC— The Winthrop men’s soccer team defeated Radford 1-0 Saturday evening, giving the program its 400th win all-time. The win also gave Rich Posipanko his 250th victory as head coach of the Eagles.
Winthrop improves to 10-6-1 overall and 4-5 in the Big South while Radford is now 6-6-4 overall and 3-3-2 in the league.
Freshman Max Hasenstab, who had missed the previous three games with an injury, scored the game-winning goal in the 55th minute. Hasenstab subbed into the match in the 31st minute and was instantly providing scoring chances. His game-winning goal was set up by the hustle of Pol Sole, who chased the ball into the box and stole it from a Radford defender. Sole looked up and found Hasenstab in the box, who then turned, took a dribble and then rifled a shot past Radford goalie Dane Wilson.
Radford pushed over the final 20 minutes for the equalizer, but the Eagles held on defensively. The Highlanders created opportunities, but never had a shot that threatened to find the back of the net in the final 20 minutes. The best chance came in the 83rd minute when Radford was awarded a free kick straight on from goal about 28-30 yards out. Bernardo Ulmo’s attempt went just wide of the goal toward the right post.
Despite a scoreless first half, both teams had opportunities to find the back of the net. Senior Achille Obougou made sure Wilson was ready to play early as his shot from the corner of the box in the second minute was headed to the top right corner but Wilson made a full extension diving save. Obougou had a free header off a corner kick delivery in the 11th minute but didn’t get the ball solid as it skimmed off his head and wide left of the goal.
In the 12th minute, Luis Grande tested Guilherme Avelar as his rip from 20 yards was low and to the right corner and forced Avelar to make a diving save as he held to the ball for no rebound. In the 20th minute, Bismark Amofah nearly broke the scoreless tie as his cross was a bit off line and hit off the crossbar in the top left corner and the ball bounced out to Ulmo as he ripped a shot at the open net that was cleared away inside the six by a Winthrop defender.
Radford finished with an 18-12 advantage in shots as Avelar finished with eight saves to record his third shutout of the season. Wilson made six saves.
Winthrop will wrap-up the regular season on Wednesday, Nov. 6 when it hosts UNC Asheville at 6 p.m. Radford will remain on the road as it heads to Lynchburg, VA on Wednesday to take on Liberty at 5 p.m.