Spartans Set for Matches with Eagles and Bulldogs
SPARTANBURG, S.C. - The USC Upstate women's soccer team will begin a two game homestand before hitting the road for five matches away from the friendly confines of County University Soccer Stadium. Upstate will entertain Georgia Southern on Saturday afternoon at 3:00 p.m.
• Scouting the Eagles and the Bulldogs
• Looking Back at the Charleston Southern and Furman
• Rachel Collins Sets School-Record in Collegiate Debut
• Ashlee Barrow Named as Player to Watch by TopDrawerSoccer.com
Scouting the Eagles
Georgia Southern, a member of the Southern Conference, was selected 12th in the preseason coaches' poll. The Eagles enter Saturday's match 0-1-0 on the season after losing to Mercer in the season opener, 4-0. Sara Oland, who led the Eagles in goals (3) and points (7) in 2009 returns for her junior season and will serve as the leader for the young squad that features 13 newcomers. Saturday's matinee will be the first time that the two schools have ever met on the pitch.
Fans not in attendance at the game can watch the action live online at ASun.TV by visiting the service's Web site, www.asun.tv, and clicking on the USC Upstate tab. Fans can also get live statistical updates via livestats on the official Upstate Athletics Web site at www.upstatespartans.com.
Also new this year for Spartan fans is the addition of a live blog in which fans can interact with a member of the Upstate media relations staff during the match. The live chat will begin approximately 30 minutes before kickoff and ending shortly after the conclusion of the match. Be sure to check out the debut of the live blog during Saturday's match.
Scouting the Bulldogs
Gardner-Webb, ranked sixth in the Big South Conference preseason coaches' poll, kicked off the season with a 2-0 victory over Jacksonville State in Jacksonville, Ala. on Aug. 20th. Before traveling to Spartanburg, the Bulldogs will face A-Sun member ETSU on Fri., Aug. 27. Top returner, Megan Reimer started her season off with a bang. Reimer scored both of GWU's goal in the season opening win and earned Big South Attacking Player of the Week honors. In 2009, Reimer led the Bulldogs in goals (9) and points (18).
Fans not in attendance at the game can watch the action live
online at ASun.TV by visiting the service's Web site, www.asun.tv,
and clicking on the USC Upstate tab. Fans can also get live
statistical updates via livestats on the official Upstate Athletics
Web site at www.upstatespartans.com.
Looking Back at the Charleston Southern and Furman
Upstate kicked off the season with a home match against Charleston Southern on Aug. 20. Rachel Collins was stellar between the pipes as the Spartans and the Buccaneers battled to a scoreless draw at halftime. CSU broke through with its first goal of the match in the 58th-minute and went on to claim a 3-0 victory.
On Tuesday night, Upstate made the short trek down Interstate 85 to Furman for match with the Paladins. Furman scored in the first minute of the match en route to a 1-0 halftime advantage. Furman added four goals in the second half for the 5-0 victory over the Spartans.
Freshman Rachel Collins made her collegiate debut in the match against Charleston Southern. The Raleigh, N.C., native recorded nine saves in the first half and finished with 14 saves. Her 14 saves tied a school-record as she joined Diana Wabnitz, Samantha Spradley and Brittany Daughtry as the only players to accomplish the feat. Collins is the only freshman to record 14 saves in a single match.
Collins added nine saves in the match against Furman on Tuesday
night pushing her season total to 23. Her 23 saves lead the
Atlantic Sun Conference and she also ranks first in saves per game
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.
Nolff has appeared in every match during her Spartan
career. Nolff, a senior from Columbia, S.C., has appeared in
58 matches and has started in 57 straight, a streak dating back to
the second game of her freshman season (at Furman, Sept. 6,
2007). Nolff is the all-time D-I era leader for games played
and games started. With her start at Furman (Aug. 24, 2010)
she tied Lemeh Horace (2001-04) for fifth all-time in matches
played and sits alone in fifth-place in matches started.
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.