September 5, 2010

Spartans Downed by Terriers, 1-0

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – In just the second meeting all-time between USC Upstate and Wofford, two schools separated by just a few miles, the Terriers claimed a 1-0 victory on Sunday afternoon at Snyder Field. 

Just five minutes into the match, Upstate (0-5-0) had a pair of golden opportunities as Maegan Garner (Charleston, S.C./Fort Dorchester) had back-to-back shots denied by Terrier defenders.

The Spartans again had another chance to jump on the board first in the 30th-minute, but Alyssa Roegner's (Shelby Township, Mich./Eisenhower) shot was blocked by a Wofford player. 

"I am proud of the team, they battled hard today against a tough Wofford team," said head coach Renee Lopez.  "However, we need to continue to focus on solving the little mistakes which can lead to goals.  We have to continue to work as we prepare for next weekend's Border Classic.  Our players are battling and I am pleased with their effort, but we have to continue to improve so that we are not defending for the entire 90 minutes."

The two teams remained scoreless until Wofford's Nikki Siebert delivered the lone goal of the match as she put her shot from the right side of the box past Spartan goalkeeper Rachel Collins (Raleigh, N.C./Athens Drive).

The Spartans had a few chances late in the match to tie the score at 1-1, but we unable to capitalize on those opportunities.

Wofford (3-2-0) owned the advantage in shots (33-6) and shots on-goal (12-2) in Sunday's match.  The Terriers also owned an 11-1 advantage in corner kicks.  Upstate goalkeeper Rachel Collins recorded 10 saves in the match, to increase her season total to 47, which continues to lead the Atlantic Sun Conference.

Wofford was called for seven fouls and six offsides penalties, while Upstate was whistled for six fouls and zero offsides.

Upstate will return to action next weekend as it travels to Boiling Springs, N.C. for the Border Classic hosted by Gardner-Webb.  The Spartans will face off with Morehead State on Friday at 5:00 p.m., before match with Chattanooga on Sunday at 1:00 p.m.