Spartans Set for Battle with Cougars
Sept. 15, 2009
SPARTANBURG, S.C. - The USC Upstate women's soccer team will travel across the state to tomorrow to Charleston, S.C. for the final non-conference road game of the season. Upstate will face off against the College of Charleston in a match scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m.
This will be just the second time the two schools have met and will be the first meeting in Charleston. The Spartans have already traveled once this season to Charleston as they faced off against Charleston Southern on Sept. 1.
At A Glance...
Upstate and the College of Charleston are meeting for just the second time on the pitch. The Cougars own a 1-0 series advantage after winning last season's meeting 1-0 in Spartanburg.
This is the fourth match for the Spartans against teams from the Southern Conference. Upstate has also faced SoCon members Furman, Wofford and UT-Chattanooga this season.
Following Wednesday's match, Upstate has one more non-conference match before entering the conference portion of the schedule.
All Alone at the Top
Junior defender Catherine Nolff started the 37th match of her Upstate career against Navy (8/21). Nolff, who now owns the Division I era lead, passed Liz Pontillo who had 36 starts from 2007-08. Nolff's current start total now stands at 43.
In her first match of her senior season, goalkeeper Brittany Daughtry recorded a career-high 14 saves at Furman (8/24). The previous career high for the Smithfield, N.C. native was 13 that she recorded last season at High Point (8/31/08). The 14 saves by Daughtry also ties the school record for saves in a game and is the second player to accomplish the feat since the move to Division I. Samantha Spradley had 14 saves vs. Charleston Southern in 2007 (Upstate's first season in D-I), while Diana Wabnitz had two 14 save matches (at Carson-Newman, 9/9/06 and at Armstrong Atlantic State, 10/3/06).
In her second career start, freshman goal keeper Sian Jenkins recorded nine saves at Charleston Southern. The nine saves by Jenkins is an Upstate single game record for a freshman (Division I era).
Juniors Catherine Nolff and Alyssa Roegner were named to the All-Tournament team at the 2009 Border Classic. In the event, at Gardner-Webb, Upstate faced off with SC State and Chattanooga. In the match with SC State, Nolff scored just four minutes into the match to give the Spartans a 1-0 advantage. The goal by Nolff was the first in `09 and fourth for the defender's career. She was assisted on the goal by teammate Alyssa Roegner. It was the first assist for Roegner this season and third for her career.
Upstate Successful at County University Soccer Stadium
Since County University Soccer Stadium was opened in 2001, USC Upstate has had a history of success at home. Upstate is 37-29-6 all-time at County University Soccer Stadium for a winning percentage of .556. The Spartans were 10-1-0 at home during the first season of play at County University Soccer Stadium in 2001, winning the Peach Belt Conference regular season championship. Since the program began in 2000, Upstate is 39-36-7 at home (.518 winning percentage).
Reyes There From the Start
Not many coaches can say they were there when a women's soccer program was started and when it made its transition to Division I. USC Upstate head coach Kendall Reyes is the only women's soccer head coach in school history, arriving along with the program in 2000. Reyes has compiled a 69-94-13 record in ten seasons including a Peach Belt Conference regular season championship in 2001 and three seasons of 12 wins or more (2001, 2003, 2004). He was also named Peach Belt Conference Coach of the Year in 2001. In March 2007, Reyes was appointed to the position of State Technical Coordinator for Coaching Education by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). He is the first and only person of color to hold the position in the organization. In addition, he was also appointed as an NSCAA National Staff Instructor in the summer of 2007.