The USC Upstate women’s soccer team will play its final game of the 2014 season Friday night at 7 p.m. when the Spartans travel to Kennesaw, Ga., to face Kennesaw State from Fifth Third Bank Stadium.
Upstate closed its non-conference portion of the schedule Tuesday night with a 2-1 come-from-behind win over Francis Marion at County University Soccer Stadium. The Patriots scored the game’s first goal in the 15th minute, but junior Kenzie Major answered with two goals thereafter to propel Upstate to victory.
Major became the first Spartan since Michelle Calmeyn to have two multi-goal games in the same season, as the Rome, Ga., native scored four goals earlier in the season at South Carolina State. Major enters the weekend tied for second in the Atlantic Sun in goals (7), fifth in points (15) and fourth in shots (52).
Freshman Nicki Krejci picked up an assist on Major’s first goal against the Patriots and became the Upstate all-time single season assist leader during the Division I era with four. Krejci is also the first Spartan with four assists in a season since Brittanee Gourdine in 2004. The Twinsburg, Ohio, native is tied for fifth in the league in assists.
Fellow freshman Brooke Bailey earned her first career start in a Spartan uniform and finished with four saves en route to earning the win. Additionally, Bailey blocked a penalty kick midway through the second half to preserve the victory.
Kennesaw State enters the weekend having lost three of its last four and two straight following setbacks at North Florida (Oct. 12) and Northern Kentucky (Oct. 18). The Owls are 5-10-1 overall and 2-4-0 inside the A-Sun.
Sophomore forward Maggie Caughan leads Kennesaw State with 10 points on a team-high five goals, while freshman Marit Sandtroeen ranks second on the team with seven points on three goals and one assist.
“This is a great opportunity for us to end the season on a positive note with a win against a quality opponent,” USC Upstate head coach Abby Minihan said. “I was extremely proud of the way we battled back in our last game, and I expect us to have another solid performance as conference play comes to a close.”