Oct. 5, 2008
SPARTANBURG, S.C. - Catherine Nolff's goal off a Spartan corner kick with six minutes left gave the Spartans their third win of the season in a game that looked like it was going into overtime. The Upstate women's soccer team improves to 3-8-0 on the season while the Lipscomb Lady Bisons fall to 3-8-1.
Two goals in the first seventeen minutes of the first half set the pace for what seemed would be an action-packed game. Junior Santana De Freitas notched her second goal of the season off an assist from Liz Pontillo to give the Spartans a 1-0 lead. Only six minutes later, Kate Spellman scored her fourth goal of the season to tie the game at one.
The teams battled through the remainder of the first half and the majority of the second half without another goal. The general action on the field occurred throughout the midfield, as both teams went back and forth with possessions and free kicks. The Lady Bisons tallied 12 shots overall, compared to the Spartans' nine.
The Spartans earned their only corner kick with six minutes left in the game. Junior Carmen Osorio lofted an excellent ball in front of the Lipscomb net. After several deflections, sophomore defender, Catherine Nolff, grabbed the loose ball and sent it into the right corner of the net for her first goal of the season. Nolff's goal proved to be the game-winner, as she represents the sixth different Spartan to score a goal this season.
"It's very satisfying to see my players walk out of here with their heads high," said head coach Kendall Reyes. "We were stuck in `that place' with our past close games and we've been discussing what we are capable of. We're taking one game at a time, continuing to play hard and get better, and finding a way to win. Today we believed and we really got over that hump and earned this win."
The Lady Bisons were coming off an over-time Conference win over ETSU on Friday. The Spartans will have their chance against the Buccaneers on Tuesday night as they host ETSU at 7 p.m.
The win represents the third 2-1 Spartan win of the season. This year's team has improved greatly from last season, as the 2007 squad finished the season with three wins total. The Spartans are now 3-8-0 with eight games remaining on the season, six of them being Atlantic-Sun Conference games.