Aug. 27, 2009
SPARTANBURG, S.C. - After dropping its first two matches of the season, USC Upstate looks to post its first win of the season when it hosts Gardner-Webb on Friday night at County University Soccer Stadium. On Tuesday, Upstate will travel across the state to Charleston to face Charleston Southern.
At A Glance
Upstate is looking for its first victory over Gardner-Webb when the two teams meet on Friday night. Gardner-Webb leads the all-time series 3-0.
Gardner-Webb won last season's match 1-0, it was one of nine matches the Spartans lost by just one goal.
Tuesday's match between Upstate and Charleston Southern will be the third meeting between the two schools. The Bucs won in 2007 by a score of 4-1, while the Spartans took last season's match by a score of 2-1.
Coach Kendall Reyes is looking for his 70th victory as the head coach of the Spartans. Reyes owns a record of 69-89-13 at Upstate.
All Alone at the Top
Junior defender Catherine Nolff started the 37th match of her Upstate career against Navy (8/21). Nolff, who now owns the Division I era lead, passed Liz Pontillo who had 36 starts from 2007-08.
In her first match of her senior season, goalkeeper Brittany Daughtry recorded a career-high14 saves at Furman (8/24). The previous career high for the Smithfield, N.C. native was 13 that she recorded last season at High Point (8/31/08). The 14 saves by Daughtry also ties the school record for saves in a game and is the second player to accomplish the feat since the move to Division I. Samantha Spradley had 14 saves vs. Charleston Southern in 2007 (Upstate's first season in D-I), while Diana Wabnitz had two 14 save matches (at Carson-Newman, 9/9/06 and at Armstrong Atlantic State, 10/3/06).
Upstate Successful at County University Soccer Stadium
Since County University Soccer Stadium was opened in 2001, USC Upstate has had a history of success at home. Upstate is 37-27-6 all-time at County University Soccer Stadium for a winning percentage of .571. The Spartans were 10-1-0 at home during the first season of play at County University Soccer Stadium in 2001, winning the Peach Belt Conference regular season championship. Since the program began in 2000, Upstate is 39-34-7 at home (.531 winning percentage).
Reyes There From the Start
Not many coaches can say they were there when a women's soccer program was started and when it made its transition to Division I. USC Upstate head coach Kendall Reyes is the only women's soccer head coach in school history, arriving along with the program in 2000. Reyes has compiled a 69-89-13 record in nine seasons including a Peach Belt Conference regular season championship in 2001 and three seasons of 12 wins or more (2001, 2003, 2004). He was also named Peach Belt Conference Coach of the Year in 2001. In March 2007, Reyes was appointed to the position of State Technical Coordinator for Coaching Education by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). He is the first and only person of color to hold the position in the organization. In addition, he was also appointed as an NSCAA National Staff Instructor in the summer of 2007.