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Carter Ridgeway scored Upstate's first Division I goal

Carter Ridgeway scored Upstate's first Division I goal

Sept. 2, 2007

Box Score

Radford, Va. - USC Upstate midfielder Carter Ridgeway scored with just over a minute to play in regulation to send the match with Radford into overtime, but Highlander Paul Caruso notched the game winner with less than two minutes to play in the second overtime period to lift Radford to a 2-1 victory in the final game of the 2007 RU Soccer Classic Sunday afternoon at Cupp Stadium.

Radford improves to 1-1 on the year, while Upstate falls to 0-2 on the season. The Spartans take off nine days before heading to Clemson, S.C., to take on the Tigers on Sept. 12.

Radford scored first in the 38th minute when Franklin Elimbi took a free kick from 25 yards out and put in the ball into the left side of the goal past a diving Jack Stern to give the Highlanders a 1-0 lead. Radford was granted the free kick after a Spartan foul.

Both teams had several chances at the end of the first half and throughout the second half, but neither team could find the back of the net. That changed for Upstate late in regulation. With time winding down, Kim Krohn took a throw in and found Gunnar Kristiansson at the corner of the 18-yard box. He found Ridgeway toward the center at the top of the box and the senior from Spartanburg pounded a shot through several Radford defenders and into the goal to tie the game at 1-1 with 1:06 to play in regulation. Ridgeway's goal was the first for the men's soccer team as a member of NCAA Division I.

Upstate pushed the tempo in the first overtime period, taking two shots. However, Radford was able to fend off the Spartan rally. In the second overtime period, both teams had a couple of opportunities, but could not knock the ball in until Caruso corralled a loose ball in the box and fired a shot into the net with 1:33 to play in the second overtime period to lift Radford to the win.

Radford outshot Upstate 14-11 for the game. Stern made five saves for the match, while Radford keeper Zach Roszel made three.

 
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