SPARTANBURG, S.C. – On Sunday afternoon, the USC Upstate women's soccer team will make the short trip down Pine Street to face the Wofford Terriers at 2:00 p.m. It will be just the second meeting all-time between the two squads.
In the preseason, Wofford was selected 11th in the preseason Southern Conference coaches' poll after receiving 31 points. Wofford currently sits 2-2-0 on the campaign with wins over Alabama State (6-0) and Presbyterian (1-0, OT). The Terriers fell on the road at Troy (6-1) and lost in double-overtime at Francis Marion (3-2). Emily Bougas and Nikki Siebert are the team's leaders in goals, assists and points. The pair are tied for the team lead in points (7), as Bougas is Wofford's top goal scorer (3), while Siebert has recorded three assists through the first four matches.
Sunday's match will be just the second all-time meeting between the two Spartanburg schools. Wofford claimed a 2-0 victory at County University Soccer Stadium on Sept. 6, 2009. Fans who cannot attend the match can catch the action live as well as receive live statistical updates by visiting www.woffordterriers.com.
Looking Back at the Georgia Southern and Gardner-Webb
On Saturday, Upstate played its first match at County University Soccer Stadium as the Spartans hosted the Georgia Southern Eagles. Upstate fell in the match by a score of 3-0, as GSU tallied one first half goal and two in the second half. One of the second half goals was an own goal as Upstate attempted to clear the ball.
On Tuesday night, Upstate entertained Gardner-Webb. The Spartans and the Bulldogs battled to a scoreless draw at halftime, at the end of regulation and at the end of the first overtime period. It wasn't until the 107th minute that either team found the back of the net. GWU's Meagan Reynolds put her shot from the right side of the box past Upstate keeper Rachel Collins to lift the Bulldogs to a 1-0 victory in double overtime.
Not only has senior Catherine Nolff seen action in all four games for the Spartans this season, the Columbia, S.C., native has not left the field for a single second. Nolff has played all 376:21 on the pitch for first year head coach Renee Lopez. Nolff also ranks second on team in shots on-goal and is tied for second in total shots.
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.
Since the CSU match, Collins has tallied 23 saves, including a pair of nine-save outings against Furman and Gardner-Webb. Collins leads the Atlantic Sun Conference in saves (37) and saves per game (9.25).
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.
Senior Catherine Nolff has appeared in every match during her Spartan career. Nolff, a senior from Columbia, S.C., has appeared in 60 matches and has started in 59 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.
This Day in History
On today's game date, Sept. 5, these notable events occured: The first Labor Day holiday parade was held in New York City (1882)... "Ring of Fire" by Johnny Cash topped the charts (1971)... Cal Ripken, Jr. ties Lou Gehrig's mark of 2,130 consecutive starts (1995)... Mother Teresa, a Catholic nun who devoted her life to helping the poor, died at the age of 87 (1997)... Apple launched the iTouch, a crossover between the iPod and the iPhone (2007)... Notable birthdays include: Stand-up comedian and actor Bob Newhart (1929)... Freddie Mercury, lead singer of the band Queen (1946).
On this day in Spartan history, freshman Gilbert Kemboi becomes the first-ever Upstate male cross country runner to claim the top spot at the Eye Opener Invitational, with a meet-record of 25:00. Meanwhile, Carolyne Chelulei wins the women's race and becomes the second straight Spartan to win the annual meet for the women's team.