October 12, 2011

Women’s Soccer Set for Sunshine State Swing

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SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The USC Upstate women's soccer team will play its final road games this season as it travels to the state of Florida to face Florida Gulf Coast and Stetson this weekend.

Upstate will first square off against Florida Gulf Coast Friday in a 7 p.m. tilt Friday night.  The Spartans and Eagles battled to a 0-0 draw in Spartanburg last season, but the Eagles own a 3-0-1 advantage in the all-time series.

The Spartans will close out the road slate Sunday at Stetson (1 p.m.).  Upstate and Stetson battled to a draw last season in Spartanburg; however the Hatters, like the Eagles, own the series lead 3-0-1.

Quick Kicks…

Krystal Hedderman notched her first goal in a Spartan uniform in the match against Jacksonville (Oct. 7).

Maegan Garner scored her first collegiate goal on Sept. 25 against VMI.  Garner's goal in the 80th-minute proved to be the game-winner as Upstate rallied for the 3-2 victory.

Rachel Carr scored her first goal in a Spartan uniform in the 12th-minute against VMI (Sept. 25).  Carr returned to the pitch against Winthrop (Sept. 9) after suffering an injury during warmups in the exhibition match against SMC (Aug. 16).

Michelle Calmeyn didn't find the back of the net, but she assisted on two of Upstate's goals against VMI. (Sept. 25)  She assisted on Rachel Carr's goal in the 12th-minute and Courtney Mack's game-tying goal in the 74th-minute.

• Michelle Calmeyn recorded a hat trick (32', 64', 66') against Alabama State on Sept. 11.  It was the first hat trick in nearly 10 years and just the third in program history (Thea Moen, Sept. 8, 2001, vs. Mars Hill; Thea Moen, Oct. 23, 2001, vs. Clayton State).

Katelyn Allen scored what proved to be the game-winner against Alabama State when she scored on a header off of Kayli Moore's corner kick in the 28th-minute.

Looking Back at North Florida

USC Upstate surrendered two goals to North Florida, both off of the foot Kathryne Husted as the Ospreys claimed a 2-0 victory in Atlantic Sun Conference action Sunday at County University Soccer Stadium.

Upstate went on the attack first as Stefany Saura recorded the first shot of the match.  Saura's shot from the top of the box at the 1:22 mark was saved by North Florida keeper Rachel Beninati.

The Spartans had a pair of scoring chances in the seventh-minute but Courtney Mack's shot was blocked and Katrina Savoy's shot from the top of the box sailed wide right.

The Ospreys were able to break the scoreless tie in the 12th-minute when Kathryne Husted scored what proved to be the game-winner.  Husted's shot from the top of the box hit the top of the left post and bounced in.

Upstate had a pair of chances to tie the game in the final five minutes of the half but the Spartans were unable to find the back of the net.  Alyssa Librizzi's shot sailed wide right while Michelle Calmeyn's shot was denied by Beninati.

The Ospreys went ahead 2-0 when Husted scored her second goal of the match in the 66th-minute.  Husted scored after a failed clear by the Spartan back line.

North Florida out-shot Upstate, 20-12, and led the way in shots on-goal, 10-5.  The Ospreys also led the way in corner kicks (15-6).  Upstate's Sarah Plantz tallied eight saves in the match while North Florida's Beninati recorded five saves. 

Looking Back at Jacksonville

Krystal Hedderman's goal in the 51st-minute notched the game at 1-1, but the Spartans were unable to hold on as Jacksonville claimed a 4-1 victory Friday night at County University Soccer Stadium.

Jacksonville scored the first goal of the match in the third-minute when Raquel Weckhurst scored on a pass from Kaitlyn Bassett.  Weckhurst's goal was the lone goal of the first half as the Dolphins had a pair of shots hit the left post.

Shortly after halftime the Spartans tied the match at 1-1 when Hedderman scored after the ball bounced to her following a battle in front of the goal.

The Dolphins regained the lead when Kaitlyn Bassett scored from the right side in the 60th-minute.  Bassett scored what proved to be the game-winning goal on a cross from Eva Leeper.  Jacksonville tacked on two more goals in the match to claim the three-goal victory.  Emily Cubreth scored in the 63rd-minute with the final goal coming from Bassett in the 68th-minute.

Sarah Plantz logged all 90 minutes between the pipes and the sophomore tallied five saves Friday night.  Jacksonville split time between goalkeepers as Sarah Sierra and Susanne Klungtveit each recorded one save in the match.

The Dolphins owned a 24-5 advantage in shots and led the match 10-3 in shots on-goal.  Jacksonville also attempted nine corner kicks in the match.

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