Spartanburg, S.C. – Stetson used three second half goals to erase two different one-goal deficits en route to a 3-2 victory over the USC Upstate women's soccer team Sunday afternoon from County University Soccer Stadium.
Upstate scored the only goal of the first half when sophomore Rachel Baylor registered her first goal of the season following a pass from Kenzie Major in the 21st minute. Major played the ball forward as Baylor sprinted past her defender before using a flick shot to beat Stetson keeper Karlie Hightower.
Stetson netted the equalizer seconds into the second half on a goal from Sarah Collins in the 46th minute. Alexis Trybinski delivered a long cross from the right wing and hit Collins on the far post for a shot pass Upstate keeper Ellen Bright.
The Spartans answered exactly two minutes later on Baylor's second goal of the game to regain the lead in the 48th minute. Freshman Nicki Krejci picked up an assist on the play after her pass across the box found a streaking Baylor for a one-timer past Hightower.
The Hatters managed to tie the game just over nine minutes later when Danielle Hurme struck for her second goal of the season. Bright made a diving save to her left on an initial shot from Adrianna Suarez, but the ball was deflected back into the field of play and Hurme quickly kicked the loose ball into the back of the unguarded net.
Stetson benefitted from an almost identical situation just before the end of regulation when Eduarda Pavao netted the game-winning goal in the 88th minute for her fourth goal of the season. Pavao found herself in the right place at the right time for a rebound goal following a save from Bright on a shot by Collins.
Bright finished the game with a season-high eight saves, which included five in the second half.
Upstate returns to action Friday at 7 p.m. when the Spartans travel to Jacksonville, Fla., to face North Florida from Hodges Stadium.