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Lancers upset Liberty, advance to first Big South women’s soccer title game

By Chris Cook


For the first time in program history, Longwood University women’s soccer will play for a Big South Championship.

The No. 3-seeded Lancers (13-4-3) upset No. 2 Liberty University 2-0 in the semifinals of the 2017 Big South Championship on Friday night at Bryan Park in Greensboro, North Carolina, setting up a championship showdown against No. 1 High Point University (12-7-1) on Sunday at 2 p.m.

All-Big South first-team sophomore forward Emilie Kupsov scored the game-winner in the 71st minute, and freshman Emily Mothersbaugh delivered another goal in the 81st minute to ice the win. Big South Defensive Player of the Year junior Sydney Wallace, Freshman of the Year Carrie Reaver and All-Big South first-team sophomore defender Taylor Alvey engineered Longwood’s 11th shutout of the season, two of which have come against Liberty.

Longwood women’s soccer will become the fourth Longwood team to play for a Big South Championship, joining four-time league champion softball and past championship game participants women’s basketball (2015) and men’s soccer (2016).

Friday’s victory also extends Longwood’s unbeaten streak to 10 games, a record in the school’s Division I era, and the Lancers’ 13 wins also matches the program’s all-time Division I wins record.