GREENSBORO, N.C.- For the first time in program history, Longwood women's soccer played for the Big South Conference title, but facing off against top seed High Point, in its third conference …
GREENSBORO, N.C.- For the first time in program history, Longwood women's soccer played for the Big South Conference title, but facing off against top seed High Point, in its third conference championship game in three years, the Lancers lost a heartbreaking 1-0 match to snap a 10-game winning streak by Longwood.
Adding another chapter to what has become a storybook season, the No. 3 seed Lancers (13-4-3) upset No. 2 seed Liberty 2-0 in the semifinals of the 2017 Big South Championship Friday night at Bryan Park to set up the championship game.
Fleming Island High graduate Janese Quick is a starting midfielder for Longwood and returned as the team's top scorer on a team with just four seniors.
"This group continues to amaze me as they write their own story and make history in the process," said 2017 Big South Coach of the Year Todd Dyer, who matched Longwood's Division I single-season wins record with his 13th victory Friday. "They just battle to the very end and manage to find a way over and over again. There's something special happening right now, and we just don't want it to end."
Quick, who made an ESPN top plays of the month list for a bending scoring kick, twice received All-Big South recognition ñ including first-team honors in 2017.
Despite the loss, the 2017 Lancers tied the Division I program records for wins (13), winning percentage (.690), shutouts (11), goals against average (0.55), fewest goals allowed (12), save percentage (.885), shots (344) and shots on goal (170).
Longwood's senior quartet of Teresa Fruchterman, Maria Kirby, Janese Quick and Jenna Tomayko end their collegiate careers with a four-year record of 38-31-10 overall and 19-12-7 in Big South play, progressing the program from a ninth-place finish as freshmen to sixth place as sophomore and juniors and, finally, to 2017's third-place finish and historic journey to the Big South Championship.