Upstate Falls on the Road at Lipscomb

Upstate Falls on the Road at Lipscomb

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Despite owning a 9-8 advantage in shots, the USC Upstate women's soccer team fell on the road to Atlantic Sun Conference foe Lipscomb, 2-0, Sunday afternoon at the Lipscomb Soccer Complex.

Lipscomb (3-9-1, 1-3-0 A-Sun) registered the first shot on the contest in the 14th-minute and the Lady Bisons broke through in the 18th-minute.  Danielle Bethke scored her first goal of the season on a cross from Kirsten Heikkinen, putting Lipscomb in front, 1-0.

Less than three minutes later, the Lady Bisons took a 2-0 advantage as Meghan McGuire scored on a pass from Danielle Bethke.

"Our squad had solid scoring opportunities today and we were able to outshoot Lipscomb, especially in the second half," said head coach Renee Lopez.  "Their goalkeeper, Erin Zerio, is very talented and I compliment her effort in goal.  However, we had two costly mistakes in the first half in a span of less than three minutes, which put us in a hole we were unable to dig ourselves out of."

Upstate (2-10-1, 0-3-0) recorded its first shot of the contest in the 35th-minute, a header attempt by Michelle Calmeyn (Elk Grove, Ill.).  The only other Spartan shot in the first half came off of the foot of Calmeyn in the 40th-minute; however, the freshman's shot sailed high.

The Spartans attack came alive in the second half as the squad registered seven shots and five on-goal.  Unfortunately for Upstate, Lipscomb's Zerio was there to thwart every opportunity by the Spartans.

In the match, Sarah Plantz (Cartersville, Ga.) and Rachel Collins (Raleigh, N.C.) split time between the pipes and combined for three saves, while Zerio recorded five saves for the Lady Bisons.

Each team was whistled offsides twice with the Spartans committing 13 fouls compared to 10 for the Lady Bisons.

Upstate returns to action Friday at 7 p.m. when it welcomes Jacksonville to County University Soccer Stadium.