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HPU tops No. 25 Coastal

Codrington's punt return seals win for NC Central


Aug. 31—HIGH POINT — High Point University hadn’t been playing how it would like. It did a much better job this time.

MD Myers scored the lone goal of the match and the 24th-ranked Panthers defeated 25th-ranked Coastal Carolina 1-0 in nonconference men’s soccer Sunday evening at Vert Stadium.

“I’m so proud of the guys tonight,” said Zach Haines, a former Southwest Guilford standout in his third season as High Point’s head coach. “We knew we needed to challenge the guys to bring more and to have a response. But also to get back to some of the things that have been part of our identity the last year and a half and have allowed us to be really successful.”

In the 33rd minute, LaLas Ayertay passed to Davis Biggerstaff, who dribbled through the middle and threaded a pass ahead to Myers. Myers took the ball along the right side of the penalty area and scored just inside the left post.


“I kind of saw the defenders not looking at me — they were focused on the ball. So, I sprinted across the field and got in behind,” said Myers, a junior forward who scored 14 goals last season.

From there, it was about the Panthers (1-1) — who lost their opener 3-1 against Davidson after going 1-1-1 in the preseason — shutting down the Chanticleers (0-1-1) defensively.

Holden Trent, a former Page standout, made five saves in goal to anchor a solid defensive effort by High Point, which finished with an 18-17 advantage in shots for the match.

“A clean sheet against a top-25 team — you’ll take it,” Haines said. “And to get a clean sheet you need a lot of great performances. … Coastal is a very tough team to play against. They’re big, they’re strong, they’re physical, they’re direct, and they make you defend them first balls, second balls, runs in behind.”

The win was a positive step for the Panthers as they head to Virginia on Thursday. Their next home game will be Tuesday, Sept. 7, against Cornell.


“It’s huge, especially against a ranked opponent,” Myers said. “It could’ve been anyone out there, but to get a win — a big win — it was so important.” — 336-888-3526 — @HPEmichael