Ledwell Notches First Career Goal, Spartans Fall at Mercer
MACON, Ga. – In the final road match of the 2010 season, the USC Upstate women's soccer team fell at Mercer, 2-1, on Sunday afternoon at Bear Field.
Less than four minutes into the match, Upstate (3-12-2, 1-6-2) had a chance to take a 1-0 lead, but Courtney Mack's (St. Leonard, Md./Calvert) shot was saved by Mercer's goalkeeper, Cagney Valloch.
"I was proud of the team's discipline today," said head coach Renee Lopez. "Even though we allowed two goals in the first period, our defense played very well in the second half as we didn't allow Mercer to score. Kimberly Ledwell played very hard today and it paid off as she scored her first career goal."
After a foul inside the box, Mercer (7-8-1, 6-3-0) was granted a penalty kick in the sixth-minute. Kacie Hudson's penalty shot was saved by Rachel Collins (Raleigh, N.C./Athens Drive) and the score remained 0-0.
In the 17th-minute, Mercer got on the scoreboard first as Olivia Tucker scored from the corner of the box to give the Bears the 1-0 lead.
After a shot by Jessica Jackyra (Cary, N.C./Apex), freshman Kimberly Ledwell (Sterling, Va./Dominion) scored her first collegiate goal as her rebound shot found the back of the net in the 26th-minute.
The match appeared to be heading to halftime as a 1-1 draw, but Kacie Hudson's header with 22 seconds remaining in the first-half gave the Bears a 2-1 lead.
The Spartans nearly tied the match in the 70th-minute, but Alyssa Librizzi's (Raleigh, N.C./Leesville Road) shot was denied by Mercer's Cagney Valloch. In the 78th-minute, Ledwell almost scored her second goal of the match, but like Librizzi, her shot was saved.
Mercer took a total of 16 shots in the match, with five on target, while Upstate took a total of six shots with five shots on-goal. Upstate's Rachel Collins made three saves in the match, while Mercer's Cagney Valloch recorded four.
Upstate was called for a total of 20 fouls, while the homestanding Bears committed eight. Neither team was called for offsides.
The Spartans will wrap-up the 2010 campaign next Sunday when they host ETSU on Senior Day. Kick-off between the Spartans and the Bucs at County University Soccer Stadium is slated for 1:00 p.m.