Spartanburg, S.C. – The USC Upstate women's soccer team completed its spring season last week with a trio of wins. The Spartans defeated Spartanburg Methodist, Presbyterian College and Converse each by 4-1 scores.
USC Upstate 4, Spartanburg Methodist 1 (March 21, 2017)
The Spartans led 3-0 after the first 30 minutes thanks to two goals by Delaney Bussey and a goal by Kate Winegarner. The Pioneers got on the board after one of their shots was deflected back into the Upstate net. Abbie Ellis wrapped up the scoring with a goal in the 80th minute.
"I was very pleased to see us get a result this early in our spring season," head coach Tyson John said. "We came out and moved the ball well, making the chances we created efficient."
USC Upstate 4, Presbyterian College 1 (April 11, 2017)
Upstate used the combination of two Erin Wright goals with assists by Abbie Ellis in a span of four minutes to lead 2-0 after the first 30 minutes of play. On both goals, Ellis crossed the ball to Wright, who headed it into the net. Autumn Gore added a goal on a well struck shot followed by a goal from just outside the 18 yard box by Izzy Burns. Presbyterian got on the board in the final minutes.
"This is a very good win for us," John stated. "We are well aware that spring squads vary from those in the fall, but I think it says a lot about our growth as a team to avenge a loss from last season. Erin was fantastic in front of goal."
USC Upstate 4, Converse 1 (April 13, 2017)
Burns led the Spartans with two goals in the win. Wright got Upstate on the board in the opening 10 minutes with her third goal of the spring as she took a ball in stride and fired it in the corner. Jade Kinlaw followed with her first goal of the spring. After Converse slashed the Upstate lead in half, Burns answered with a goal in the top corner and capped the scoring with roughly 20 minutes remaining in the second half.
"Converse is a really hard working and organized team," John said. "We knew that this game was going to be tough and we prepared for it accordingly. Erin picked up right where she left off from the last match and I'm so proud to see her finding consistancy. The same can be said for Izzy Burns, she's been a great addition to our team."
After scoring six goals during the 2016 season by five players, the Spartans tallied 12 goals in three games by seven different players. Upstate opens the 2017 in mid-August.
"We had seven different players score goals this spring and I believe that is a direct testament to the hard work these women have put in since the day the season ended," John commented. "We will look to tighten up in the back as we have also allowed one goal per game and we know as a team we are and can be better defensively. We look forward to bringing in our new players and continuing to build our tradition as Spartans."