BOILING SPRINGS, N.C. - Sometimes to win a game you need to have a break or two go your way, on Friday afternoon, it seemed every break went the way of the Spartans in the match against Morehead State at Greene-Harbison Field.
The USC Upstate women's soccer team (1-5-0) picked up its first win of the season and head coach Renee Lopez picked up her first win at the helm of the Spartan program. It was also the first-ever victory at the Border Classic for the Spartans.
"I am very pleased that our program was finally able to break through and pick up a victory," said head coach Renee Lopez. "We have been behind a glass wall and have struggled to score. Danielle (White) took advantage of a great scoring opportunity. It was a great effort by everyone and it is a great thing, especially for our seniors. Our team is not satisfied with one victory and they will continue to battle and try to increase the win total as we go forward."
The Spartans and the Eagles (1-5-0) battled to a scoreless draw at halftime as Upstate goalkeeper Rachel Collins (Raleigh, N.C./Athens Drive) tallied three saves to keep Upstate in the hunt for its first victory of 2010.
Coach Lopez made a change in goal at the intermission as she brought in Sarah Plantz to keep the Eagles out of the net. Plantz, a freshman from Cartersville, Ga., recorded four saves in the second half and also saw several MSU chances narrowly miss the target.
Upstate tacked on the lone goal of the match in the 55th-minute when Danielle White (Calhoun, Ga./Calhoun) found the back of the net for her first collegiate goal.
The breakaway started when Gabrielle Fennell (Easley, S.C./Gardner-Webb) began a clear from the top of the Upstate box. Fennell speedily headed toward midfield and as she crossed the line, she found a streaking White who delivered the game-winning goal for the Spartans from 15 yards out.
With 15 minutes remaining in the match, an attempted MSU cross nearly found the back of the net as it squirted just past the right side post. In the final four minutes of the match, Upstate cleared four corner kicks by the Eagles. The Spartans would bend, but not break as MSU attempted two corner kicks in the final 15 seconds of play.
Upstate recorded 13 total saves in the match (four by Collins, six by Plantz and four team saves).
In the match Upstate was outshot 27-2 including 13-1 in shots on-goal. MSU tallied 22 corner kicks in the match, but the Eagles were unable to capitalize. Both teams were whistled for six fouls, while MSU was called for three offsides.
Upstate will return to Boiling Springs on Sunday afternoon to face Chattanooga. Kick-off between the Spartans and the Mocs is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.