Buccaneers Sink Spartans with First-Half Surge
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SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The USC Upstate women's soccer team allowed three first-half goals on Saturday evening and fell 3-0 to the Buccaneers of ETSU in Atlantic Sun Conference action at County University Stadium.
The Buccaneers get back on track, improving to 9-4 overall and 3-2 in the Atlantic Sun, while the Spartans see their losing streak stretch to five, falling to 2-12 overall and 0-5 in league action.
Michelle Calmeyn recorded the first shot of the game at the 2:26 mark, but it was ETSU that got on the board first in the sixth minute when Morgan Thomas took a rebound off a corner and sent a laser shot past Upstate stopper Sarah Plantz to give the Bucs an early lead.
ETSU was back at it again in the 38th minute when Thomas was fouled in the box to set up a penalty kick that Ramey Kearns stepped up and drilled home to give the Bucs a 2-0 lead.
The conversion of the penalty kick tied the junior for the nation's lead in goals and Kearns would hold the top spot in the county alone moment later when Sarah Zadrazil played a through ball to the top of the box and the Kings Mountain, N.C., native finished inside the left post. The shot past a diving Plantz nicked the right post and deflected in the goal to give Kearns her nation-leading 15th goal of the season.
The Spartans controlled the tempo early in the second half and Courtney Deblois got a good look on goal in the 54th minute, but Sierra Campbell made the save to keep Upstate scoreless.
Upstate tallied three more shots over the remaining 36 minutes but were unable to connect, falling 3-0 at the hands of ETSU. The Bucs held an 18-7 advantage in shots and 8-2 edge in corner kicks.
Plantz stopped six shots for Upstate, while Campbell tallied three saves in the second half for ETSU and Kara Krajenta added a single save in the first half to pick up the victory.
The Spartans return to action next weekend with a pair of games to close out the home portion of the schedule. Upstate will welcome Lipscomb to town Friday evening for a 7 p.m. kickoff, before turning around on Sunday and playing host to Northern Kentucky for a noon kickoff at County University Stadium.