SPARTANBURG, S.C. – It may have just been an exhibition, but Spartan rookie Michelle Calmeyn (Elk Grove, Ill.) didn't treat it that way. Calmeyn scored the first three goals of the match and helped USC Upstate claim a 4-0 victory over Spartanburg Methodist College on Tuesday night at County University Soccer Stadium.
Upstate failed to connect on its first three shots of the contest. The trio of Katrina Spinner-Wilson (Richmond, Va.), Calmeyn and Alyssa Librizzi (Raleigh, N.C.) all had their shots sail wide in the first six minutes of the contest.
The Spartans finally broke through in the 16th-minute when Calmeyn scored from the left wing as she put her shot past SMC goalkeeper Jennifer Merrit.
"We are very proud of the result tonight" said Upstate head coach Renee Lopez. "We were able to get several of our new players some quality minutes and see what they could do for us both offensively and defensively."
Calmeyn gave the Spartans a 2-0 advantage when her header, off of a cross from Spinner-Wilson found the back of the net in the 36th-minute. Spartan goalie Rachel Collins (Raleigh, N.C.) face a pair of Pioneer shots in the final eight minutes of the half, but Upstate took its 2-0 lead into the locker room.
It didn't take long for Calmeyn to tally the hat trick as her goal from the left wing deflected off of Merrit and found the back of the net, giving Upstate a 3-0 advantage in the 54th-minute.
Upstate tacked on its fourth and final goal of the night when Courtney Mack's (St. Leonard, Md.) shot from the top of the box found the lower left corner of the goal. Mack was assisted by Librizzi in the 62nd-minute.
"We are starting to see some offensive production that we didn't have last year," Lopez added. "I am also excited to begin our preparations for this weekend's match at Gardner-Webb."
In all, Upstate tallied 15 total shots and eight on goal, while SMC tallied three shots (one on-goal). Upstate also led the way in corner kicks, 3-1.
Collins and Sarah Plantz (Cartersville, Ga.) split time in goal for the Spartans, with Collins recording the only save of the match. Merrit tallied four saves for the Pioneers.
Upstate will begin its regular-season on Sunday night when it travels to Boiling Springs, N.C., to face Gardner-Webb. Kick-off between the Spartans and the Runnin' Bulldogs is slated for 7 p.m.