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Sept. 24, 2007
RADFORD, Va. - USC Upstate fell behind 2-0 in the first half at Radford, but rallied with two goals in the second half to tie the game at 2-2. Highlanders midfielder Brianna Kipper scored two goals in the 82nd and 83rd minute marks and Radford defeated the Spartans, 5-2, at Patrick D. Cupp Stadium Monday night.
Upstate falls to 2-4-0 on the season while the Highlanders improve to 4-4-0.
Radford struck first in the 17th minute when midfielder Caitlyn Roan scored her first goal of the season on a header off of a free kick by defender Jenna Raymer for a 1-0 lead. The Highlanders struck again moments later in the 18th minute as midfielder Jill Boyer found the net for her first goal of the season to increase the lead to 2-0.
In the second half, Upstate battled back with a goal in the 47th minute when freshman forward Lindsay Schulz stole a pass in the box and deposited it in the net for her first goal of the season to cut the lead to 2-1.
The Spartans found another opportunity in the 66th minute when sophomore forward Melissa Kuhar uncorked a shot from the top of the box that scored just inside the right post for her fifth goal of the season and tie the game at 2-2.
Radford answered the rally by Upstate in the 82nd minute when Kipper scored on a breakaway in the right side of the box and got it inside the right post for a 3-2 lead. Kipper followed that up with another goal in the 83rd minute on a shot off of a save by sophomore goalkeeper Brittany Daughtry and forward Justine Dugger added another goal in the 88th minute to put the game away.
Upstate was outshot 26-9 by the Highlanders, who also had seven corner kicks to the Spartans four.
Kuhar's goal gives her the team lead this season and she also has scored three goals in the last two games. Daughtry made 10 saves and falls to 1-1-0 in goal this season.
Kipper's two goals led Radford and Roan had a goal and an assist. Goalkeeper Alex Traughber had four saves and improves to 3-3-0 in goal.
Upstate returns home Friday night as they take on Jacksonville in their first-ever Atlantic Sun Conference match at 7 p.m.