SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Competing in the first athletic competition of the 2010-11 academic year, the USC Upstate women's soccer team defeated USC Sumter by a score of 7-0.
The Spartans jumped on the scoreboard early as freshman Erika Kotterer (Orland Hills, Ill./Carl Sandburg HS) put her shot from the top of the box past Fireants goalkeeper Lonnie Lair in the eighth minute. Upstate scored its second goal of the match at the 17:43 mark, as junior Maegan Garner (Charleston, S.C./Fort Dorchester HS) scored from the left side of the box on a pass from Ashlee Barrow (Fishkill, N.Y./John Jay HS).
The Spartans took a 4-0 advantage at halftime thanks to goals by sophomore Ashlee Barrow (21') and freshman Kayli Moore (Severna Park, Md./St. Mary's HS) (36'). Gabrielle Fennell (Easley, S.C./Gardner-Webb) assisted on Moore's goal from the left side.
"It was a good day for us and most of the girls got to see the field today," said Lopez. "We had a lot of bright spots during the match, but we still have some things to work on. For a lot of our team, it was their first collegiate match and they have to go through that adjustment phase. I am excited about what our team can accomplish this season and I look forward to our next exhibition match as we move toward the regular season beginning next Friday."
After halftime, Upstate tacked on three more goals to set the final margin at 7-0. Julia Harris (Simpsonville, S.C./Spartanburg Methodist College) scored seven minutes after the break from the top of the box as she put her shot past the keeper to the back left corner of the goal. The final two goals of the match came from Gabrielle Fennell in the 55th-minute and Leigh Ward (Summerville, S.C./Fort Dorchester HS) in the 63rd-minute. Maegan Garner assisted on Fennell's goal, while freshman Danielle White (Cartersville, Ga./Cartersville HS) notched the assist on Ward's goal.
Coach Lopez used a pair of goalkeepers in the match on Friday. Freshman Kimberley Anderson (Ashburn, Va./Bishop O'Connell HS) played the first half, while fellow freshman Rachel Collins (Raleigh, N.C./Athens Drive HS) played the second frame.
As a team, the Spartans tallied 42 shots, including 20 shots on-goal. Upstate took a total of five corner kicks on Friday. During the match, the Spartans were whistled for two fouls and two offsides, while the Fireants were called for two fouls and one offside.
Upstate will return to action on Wednesday when they travel down Pine Street to face Converse College in the second and final exhibition of the 2010 season. The match is scheduled to kickoff at 4:00 p.m.