SPARTANBURG, S.C. - The USC Upstate women's soccer team will officially kickoff the 2010 season when they host the Buccaneers of Charleston Southern University on Friday afternoon at 4:00 p.m. Following the match with CSU, Upstate will travel south to Greenville for a match on Tuesday evening (8/24) at Furman. Fans who cannot be in attendence for either match can follow the action with live statistical updates by clicking on the live stats link on the schedule page.
At A Glance...
• Scouting the Buccaneers and the Paladins
• Looking Back at the Preseason
• Ashlee Barrow Named as Plaer to Watch by TopDrawerSoccer.com
Scouting the Buccaneers
Charleston Southern was predicted to finish second in the Big South Conference in 2010. The Bucs, who received four first-place votes and tallied 87 points in the poll that saw the Liberty Flames earn the preseason top spot with five first-place votes and 94 points.
The Buccanners return a trio of strong players for the 2010 season, including reigning Big South Conference Player of the Year, Marky Boyce. Boyce is joined by fellow returnees Caitlin Wesnesky and Morgann Wood. Wesnesky earned First-Team All-Big South honors, while Wood was named to the All-Freshman Team.
Scouting the Paladins
Furman enters the 2010 season predicted to finish sixth in the Southern Conference. Junior forward Martha Hall was selected to the preseason All-SoCon First-Team. Hall led the Paladins in goals scored (9) and points (19) in 2009.
Last season, Brittany Daughtry tied a school-record with 14 saves in Greenville. Daughtry's record breaking performance marked the fourth time in program history that a Spartan tallied 14 saves in a single match. Daughtry went on to finish her four-year career with 236 saves, putting her third all-time in school history.
Looking Back at the Preseason
Upstate competed in a pair of exhibitions to prepare for the upcoming season. The Spartans hosted USC Sumter on Fri., Aug. 13, a match the Spartans won 7-0. Seven different Spartans scored in the match against the Fireants (Erika Kotterer, Maegan Garner, Ashlee Barrow, Kayli Moore, Julia Harris, Gabrielle Fennell and Leigh Ward. Barrow, Fennell, Garner and Danielle White picked up assists in the victory.
Following the match with the Fireants, the Spartans made the short trek down Pine Street to face off with Converse College. The Spartans claimed a 3-0 victory over the Valkyries to close out the preseason. Just like the first exhibition, Erika Kotterer put the Spartans on the board first as she scored on a pass from Julia Harris. Gabrielle Fennell picked up her second goal of the preseason when she scored off of Ashlee Barrow's pass after freshman Jessica Jackyra stole the ball away from the Converse midfield. Barrow tacked on the final goal, setting the final score at 3-0.
Ashlee Barrow Named as Player to Watch by TopDrawerSoccer.com
Each season TopDrawerSoccer.com lists its top 20 players to watch in each conference. This season, Ashlee Barrow was ranked 16th in the list of 20 players from the Atlantic Sun Conference. The Fishkill, N.Y., native was named to the A-Sun All-Freshman Team in 2009 and has an outstanding preseason to begin her sophomore season. With her selection to the All-Freshman Team, she became the first Spartan since 2006 and the first since the move to D-I to earn all-conference honors. Aside from the All-Freshman Team accolades in 2009, Barrow earned All-Academic Team honors from the A-Sun as well as Upstate's Coach's Award and the Wilde Soccer Scholarship.
A total of 16 new players will suit up for the Spartans in 2010. Gabrielle Fennell (a transfer from Garner-Webb) and Karen Martinez joined the Spartans during the spring. Of the remaining 14, 12 of the newcomers are freshmen (Kimberley Anderson, Rachel Collins, Rachel Curd, Jessica Jackyra, Erika Kotterer, Kimberly Ledwell, Alyssa Librizzi, Courtney Mack, Kayli Moore, Sarah Plantz, Jessica Voigt and Danielle White). Julia Harris joins the Spartans after a two-year stint at Spartanburg Methodist College, while Krystal Hedderman comes on board after two years at St. Andrew's Presbyterian College in Laurinburg, N.C.
The Spartanburg Circuit
Mary Rea was named as an assistant women's soccer coach on July 16, 2010 and joined the third and final Spartanburg four-year institution. Prior to joining the Spartan coaching staff, Rea served as an assistant coach at Converse College during the 2009 season. Converse is a NCAA Division II institution and is a member of Conference Carolinas.
She was a four year letterwinner at Wofford College from 2004-08, where she earned defensive MVP honors as a freshman and team MVP accolades as a junior. Rea, who earned all-academic honors for her hard work in the classroom, was a team captain as a senior.