Spartanburg, S.C. – Sarah Zadrazil scored one goal and assisted on another to lead ETSU to a 2-0 victory over USC Upstate Friday evening in the regular season opener from County University Soccer Stadium.
Zadrazil opened the scoring for ETSU in the fifth minute with a shot inside the Upstate box that sailed just past the outstretched arms of Spartan keeper Ellen Bright.
“It takes a lot of focus and communication on the defensive end, and that is something that we continue to work on every day,” Upstate junior defender Ciara Murphy said. “Even though we gave up an early goal, we regrouped and played with the mindset that would could come back strong.”
Zadrazil picked up her third point of the night following a cross to Molly Collinson in the 19th minute that resulted in the second goal of the game. Zadrazil dribbled down the right side of the field and found Collinson at the far post for a shot inches outside the Upstate box.
Spartan sophomore Nicki Krejci nearly cut the lead in half late in the second half with a header on goal, but ETSU keeper Jasmine Elliott smothered the ball to preserve the lead.
“If we start games the way we finished tonight and in our preseason games, I think we are going to be much more successful in the future,” Upstate head coach Abby Minihan said. “Overall, there are a lot of positives to take away because we took what we worked on during practice onto the playing field.”
Upstate wraps up the weekend Sunday at 2 p.m. when the Spartans welcome The Citadel to County University Soccer Stadium.
“I think on Sunday we have to approach the game with the mentality that we can come out strong and not back away,” Murphy added. “We need to decide and dictate how the game will be played instead of reacting to what we see. We have the potential to take on any team and have success, so I think we are looking forward to getting right back on the field against The Citadel.”