Spartans, Hatters Battle to Scoreless Draw
SPARTANBURG, S.C. – On Friday night at County University Soccer Stadium, the USC Upstate women's soccer team and the Stetson Hatters battled to a scoreless draw after 110 minutes of action.
Each team earns one point for the tie on Friday and the four points earned in conference play by the Spartans (3-10-1, 1-4-1 A-Sun) are the most since the move to Division I in 2007.
"Tonight was a great example of an all out team effort in 110 minutes of action," said head coach Renee Lopez. "I am proud of our senior leaders, Catherine Nolff, Alyssa Roegner and Leigh Ward. This is a great step in their careers as it is the first time they have recorded four points in conference play. Tonight is also a good foundation as we prepare for Florida Gulf Coast, the top team in our conference."
Stetson (6-7-1, 3-2-1) nearly took the lead in the 43rd-minute when Sarah Rodriguez took a shot at a wide open net but freshman Rachel Curd (Lexington, Ky./Paul Laurence Dunbar) was there to make the sliding save.
Upstate, in the 83rd-minute, again thwarted a scoring chance by the Hatters, this time it was Ashlee Barrow (Fishkill, N.Y./John Jay) protecting the goal for the Spartans.
The Hatters also had a pair of shots ricochet off of the crossbar to help Upstate keep the match at a 0-0 draw.
Between the two overtime periods, Stetson took seven shots compared to just one for the Spartans. In all, Stetson outshot Upstate by a margin of 16-3 including 7-1 differential in shots on-goal. Stetson also led the way in corner kicks (6-3).
The Spartans tallied seven saves in the match. Five were made by freshman goalkeeper Rachel Collins (Raleigh, N.C./Athens Drive), with the other two being made by Curd and Barrow. It is the second shutout of the season for Collins, with the other coming less than two weeks ago at home against Lipscomb (W, 1-0, Sept. 26). Stetson goalkeeper Andrea Garavaglia made one save in 110 minutes of action.
Upstate will close out the two-match homestand on Sunday with a high noon kickoff against the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles.