In the final week before the start of Atlantic Sun Conference play, the USC Upstate women’s soccer team faces road matches against High Point and UNC Asheville, facing the Panthers Thursday at 7 p.m. from Vert Stadium and the Bulldogs Saturday at 7 p.m. from Greenwood Soccer Field.
Upstate opens the week with an offense that features four players with at least two goals, highlighted by the three of senior midfielder Haley Gethin, who is tied for sixth in the Atlantic Sun in goals and points (7). Forward Rachel Baylor, midfielder Kate Winegarner and defender Alexa Hone have each netted two goals apiece for Upstate.
“I’m glad to be back on the sidelines coaching, and I’m looking forward to our team accepting the challenge of being more consistent,” USC Upstate head coach Abby Minihan said. “Our goal for the weekend is consistency and focus. We have proven that when we have that mentality we are a difficult team to deal with.”
Spartan senior keeper Ellen Bright leads a stingy Upstate defense that has faced 137 shots in 740 minutes of play. Bright enters the week second in the league in saves (49) and first is saves per game (6.12).
“We’re excited for these upcoming games this weekend,” defender Jade Hudson said. “We’ve regrouped and made some mental adjustments that should help us be more successful. Both games are excellent opportunities for us, and we’re willing and ready to do what is required of us before heading into conference play.”
Upstate begins A-Sun play Sept. 26 when the Spartans travel to Newark, N.J., to face conference newcomer NJIT.