Upstate Heads up the Mountain for Conference Opener

Upstate Heads up the Mountain for Conference Opener

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SPARTANBURG, S.C. - The USC Upstate women's soccer team will open conference play Friday night when it travels to Johnson City, Tenn., for a 7 p.m. match at ETSU.

ETSU leads the all-time series, 4-0, and claimed a 1-0 victory in Spartanburg a season ago when Terri Miller scored in the 92nd-minute, clinching an Atlantic Sun tournament berth for the Bucs on the final day of the season.

After Friday's trek up the mountain, the Spartans return home Sunday for their final non-conference match of the 2011 season against VMI.  The first-ever meeting between the Spartans and the Keydets is slated for 2 p.m.

Quick Kicks…

Michelle Calmeyn recorded a hat trick (32', 64', 66') against Alabama State on Sept. 11.  It was the first hat trick in nearly 10 years and just the third in program history (Thea Moen, Sept. 8, 2001, vs. Mars Hill; Thea Moen, Oct. 23, 2001, vs. Clayton State).

Katelyn Allen scored what proved to be the game-winner against Alabama State when she scored on a header off of Kayli Moore's corner kick in the 28th-minute.

Brianne Marcell made her first appearance of the 2011 campaign as she started the second half against Alabama State.  It took her just 10:18 to record her first collegiate goal.

Katrina Savoy notched a pair of career firsts in the win over Alabama State.  The Waldorf, Md., native assisted on Marcell's goal in the 56th-minute and scored in the 87th-minute.

Katrina Spinner-Wilson assisted on a pair of goals in the victory over Alabama State.  She assisted on Calmeyn's goal in the 32nd-minute and Savoy's goal in the 87th-minute. 

Stefany Saura also recorded her first collegiate assist as she assisted on Calmeyn's goal in the 64th-minute.

Sarah Plantz, making her first collegiate start in goal, recorded a career-high nine saves on Aug. 28 against Francis Marion.

Looking Back at Presbyterian College

The USC Upstate women's soccer team allowed one goal in each half as Presbyterian College claimed a 2-0 victory Sunday at Martin Stadium.  It was the first victory of the season for the Blue Hose.

Upstate, similar to Friday's match at Georgia Southern, had a chance to strike first but Michelle Calmeyn's header in the fifth-minute was saved by PC's Sarah Beth Anderson.

PC broke a scoreless draw in the 33rd-minute when Sara Simpson scored in the box off on assist from Gracie Boswell.  Simpson's first goal of the season gave the home team a 1-0 lead.  The Blue Hose increased their lead to 2-0 when Kelly Kozera scored on Stephanie Allen's corner kick in the 58th-minute.

In all, PC took 22 shots Sunday, with seven being on target while the Spartans attempted nine shots (two on goal).  Calmeyn led Upstate with four total shots.

Upstate goal keeper Sarah Plantz made five saves in the match, while Anderson recorded two saves for the Blue Hose.  PC took nine corner kicks in the match compared to just two for the Spartans.  The Blue Hose were whistled for 12 fouls and nine offsides penalties while Upstate committed nine fouls.

Looking Back at Georgia Southern

Upstate had the first chance to get on the scoreboard, however Melissa Pereira's shot off of Kayli Moore's corner kick sailed wide in the ninth-minute.

Georgia Southern's Sarah Oland took the first shot of the contest for the Eagles in the 16th-minute and was able to put her shot from inside the box past Upstate keeper, Rachel Collins.  The two teams combined for 11 shots in the first half, with Georgia Southern taking seven and Upstate registering four.

The Spartans faced a barrage of Eagle shots in the early moments of the second half.  Georgia Southern took five shots in the first 10 minutes of the second half and was able to increase the lead to 2-0 when Carlee Storey put her shot in the back of the net.

Upstate managed just two shots in the final 45 minutes as Georgia Southern held on for the 2-0 victory.  The Eagles tallied 21 shots in the match and 11 on-goal compared to six shots for the Spartans (one on goal).  Georgia Southern also led the way in corner kicks (11-3).

Collins made nine saves between the pipes while Eagle goal keeper Kailey Kiefus recorded one save.