The USC Upstate women’s soccer team ended its preseason schedule with a 3-0 loss to Winthrop Saturday evening in an exhibition game from County University Soccer Stadium.
Samantha Prytulak netted the game-winning goal in the 27th minute when she took a pass from Taylor Walton and sent a shot across the goal to beat a diving Ellen Bright far post.
Megan David picked up the second goal of the first half with a strike inside the box after an errant clear by the Upstate defense.
“The frustrating part is that we are making very small mistakes that are proving to be extremely costly,” USC Upstate head coach Abby Minihan said. “The good part is that these mistakes are easily fixed, but the game itself was much better than our last match because we had more flow and possession.”
Winthrop added a third goal late in the second half when JoJo Taylor gained possession inside the Upstate box and quickly fired a shot into the left corner of the net.
“We still have things to work on in the attack and we have to get more dangerous,” Minihan added. “We’re not generating enough good, hard opportunities on the goal frame to put pressure on our opponent, but I don’t feel discouraged and I believe that our best soccer is ahead of us.”
Upstate senior Haley Gethin led the Spartan offensive attack with two shots and Ciara Murphy and Donye’ Monroe each added one apiece.
Bright tallied a game-high three saves in just over 54 minutes of action, while Brooke Bailey and Lauren Cox also saw action in goal.
“We gave up a couple tough goals tonight that could have easily been prevented,” Upstate junior defender Jade Hudson said. “I think we are improving and can get better as a backline as we progress into the regular season. The preseason was an adjustment period for a lot of people who are playing new positions, but I think we are going to correct our mistakes and be a solid defense moving forward.”
Upstate opens the regular season Friday at 7 p.m. when the Spartans welcome former Atlantic Sun foe ETSU to County University Stadium.