BUIES CREEK — Elyssa Nowowieski scored three goals and Campbell defeated Radford 4-3 Sunday night at the Eakes Athletic Complex.
Nowowieski also set up Emma Bushee’s goal for the Camels (5-2-2, 3-0-0 Big South), who extended their unbeaten streak to five games (4-0-1).
Kayla Thomas scored twice for Radford (6-2-1, 0-1-1), which entered the match averaging 3.63 goals per game.
Campbell finished with a 19-15 edge in shots, while both teams had 12 attempts in a wild second half that included six goals.
“That’s a really big win. Radford is a really, good team,” said Campbell head coach Samar Azem. “Both teams are attacking-minded teams. You can see the score line. The shots created; it was a spectator’s match. We came out really strong and responded well throughout.”
Leading 1-0 at the break, Nowowieski scored her second of the night just 1:17 into the second half when she finished a scramble in the Radford goal mouth that followed a corner kick.
Thomas brought Radford within one in the 54th minute when she headed home Lily McLane’s serve.
Nowowieski slid a diagonal pass to Bushee after 65 minutes and the senior slotted in a left-footed shot inside the far post.
In the 78th minute, Helena Willson’s shot bounded off the crossbar and Thomas nodded in the rebound to again draw the Highlanders within one (3-2).
However, just 16 seconds later, Nowowieski doubled the lead when she stole the ball in the Radford end and hit a low, left-footed shot inside the left post for her first career hat trick.
Emilee Barnett just missed adding to the Camel lead two minutes later when her shot crashed off the crossbar.
Brianna Oliver pulled Radford back within one at 80:25 with her fifth goal of the season. McLane’s shot from distance two minutes later just skimmed the top of the cross bar for the Highlanders’ best chance down the stretch.
Nowowieski nearly added a fourth in the 83rd, but Radford keeper Lauren Seedlock charged off her line to deflect the shot wide.
The Camels had chances as early as the second minute when Jackie Richards’ left-footer sailed inches high and wide of the left corner. Reagan Baiotto’s eighth minute header was on target, but landed directly in the hands of Radford keeper Lauren Seedlock.
CU improved to 3-0-1 at home this season and finished with 10 corner kicks, while Radford took four. Seedlock made six saves in the Radford nets, while Reaghan Duval had five stops for the Camels.
Campbell took six corners in the first 17 minutes. Bushee set up Nowowieski’s near post header that put the Camels in front.
Nowowieski nearly doubled the margin in the 34th when her right-footed effort at the top of the area deflected just wide.
Radford had two shots on target in the opening half, but neither required Duval to leave her feet.
The Camels return to the Eakes Complex on Thursday to host Hampton at 7 p.m.
(Campbell media services provided the basis for this report)