Early Goal Dooms Upstate In Setback at Presbyterian
Clinton, S.C. – Presbyterian scored the game's only goal minutes into the match and held off USC Upstate in the second half en route to a 1-0 victory over the Spartans Sunday afternoon from Edens Field.
Blue Hose senior forward Tori Lopez notched her first goal of the season on an assist from Rebecca Miller in the 11th minute. Miller lofted the ball over the Upstate back line where Lopez sent a chip shot past a diving Sarah Plantz (Cartersville, Ga.). Plantz, the reigning A-Sun Goalkeeper of the Year, finished the match with eight saves.
Minutes later, Upstate freshman midfielder Mollie Waters (Piedmont, S.C.) answered the Presbyterian score with a shot on goal, but Blue Hose keeper Jordan Broadway thwarted the scoring attempt with a save. The Spartans nearly netted the equalizer in the 32nd minute when Shauna Kain (Leesburg, Va.) fired a header that sailed just right of the Presbyterian goal.
Sophomore Kenzie Major (Rome, Ga.) put together the Spartans' best scoring opportunity of the half when her shot in the 34th minute hit the crossbar and deflected back into the field of play.
USC Upstate (1-4-1) continued to put pressure on the Presbyterian defense in the second half, beginning with a shot on goal in the 67th minute by freshman Lindsay Wong (Wilmington, Del.). Ciara Murphy (Mooresville, N.C.) added a shot on goal in the 82nd minute, and Rachel Baylor (Greensboro, N.C.) added one of her own in the 87th minute, but Broadway tallied her fourth save of the game to secure to victory for the Blue Hose.
Presbyterian finished the contest with a 20-9 edge in shots and a 5-1 advantage in corner kicks.
Upstate returns to action Friday at 4:30 p.m. when the Spartans face South Carolina State in the opening game of the Border Classic Tournament hosted by Gardner-Webb.