RADFORD, VA – Presbyterian College goalie Jan Hoffelner made a season-high nine saves in a 2-0 win over Radford on Wednesday night at Cupp Stadium. With the victory, PC advances to the Big South Tournament Final on Sunday, Nov. 11, at 2 p.m.
Campbell, which upset top-seeded High Point, visits Clinton. The Blue Hose are the third seed; the Camels are fourth.
No. 2 seed Radford came out strong and was in control of the game for most of the first half. The Highlanders’ Amadou Diop was heavily involved in the run of play, taking the game’s first two shots.
Hoffelner made a pair of fantastic saves on back-to-back possessions from Radford in the first 15 minutes. The first was a shot from Diop, the Highlander’s leading scorer, while the second came off a free kick and header from Khori Bennett.
After a Radford foul in the game’s 41st minute, PC defender Victor Menudier sent a free kick into the 18-yard box and Radford’s Thure Ilgner headed it over his keeper and into the net for an own goal.
Diop barely missed the equalizer three minutes into the second half, hitting the post after Hoffelner got a foot on his shot. The sophomore goalie came up big on another pair of plays in the 57th minute to keep the Highlanders scoreless.
Plamen Mangarov then hit the post from 40 yards out in the 68th minute and nearly extended the lead.
The game heated up as the clock worked against the home team. Both teams pressed for the games’ next goal.
PC is the first defending champion to play for the Big South Tournament title since 2013-14.
The Blue Hose advanced to the championship game an 8-11 (5-3) record while Radford fell to 7-9 (5-3).