Spartans Test Presbyterian, Penn in Weekend Matches

September 10, 2015 at 12:05 pm

The USC Upstate women’s soccer team continues its non-conference schedule this weekend when the Spartans travel to Clinton, S.C., Friday at 7 p.m. to face in-state rival Presbyterian. Upstate concludes the weekend back home Sunday at 12 p.m. against Penn from County University Soccer Stadium.

Upstate opens play coming off a 2-1 home loss to Radford in which senior Alexa Hone netted her second goal of the season. Hone, who ranks ninth all-time in school history with 59 games played, is the only defender in the Atlantic Sun Conference with at least two goals this season.

Overall, Spartan senior Haley Gethin leads the team with three goals and seven points and stands fourth in the league in both categories. Midfielders Kenzie Major and Kate Winegarner are tied for second in the conference with two assists. Additionally, Major is only two points shy of moving into 10th place on Upstate’s all-time points list. The Rome, Ga., native has three points this season and 24 during her career.

Defensively, senior keeper Ellen Bright is first in the A-Sun with 5.33 saves per game and 32 overall saves.

“Coming off of two hard losses last weekend, we are more determined than even to get the results we want this weekend,” Upstate sophomore defender Maddie Little said. “Now it’s all about bouncing back and doing what we need to do to be successful.”

Presbyterian (2-2-0) picked up a 2-0 victory over South Carolina State after scoring a goal in both halves on Tuesday. Stephanie Lee scored her second goal of the season minutes into the second half and now leads the team with five points on two goals and one assist. Blue Hose keeper Sydney Fontenot has surrendered just two goals and features a 0.59 goals against average through 303:38 minutes.

Penn improved to 3-0-0 on Sunday following its 3-0 shutout of Mount St. Mary’s. The Quakers scored all three goals during a 13:35 minute stretch in the first half and have now outscored their opponents 8-2 this season.

Freshman forward Sasha Stephens leads Penn with four points on two goals, while Erin Mikolai is second on the club with three points on one goal and one assists.  Keeper Kalijah Terilli has four saves and a 0.80 goals against average in 225:00 minutes.

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