Spartans Complete Greatest Season in Program History

Spartans Complete Greatest Season in Program History

Spartanburg, S.C. – The 2017 edition of the USC Upstate women's soccer team rewrote the record books as it ranks at the top of several categories. 

"I am extremely proud of everything that these women have accomplished this season," head coach Tyson John said. "We knew it was going to be a road filled with hard work and dedication following 2016. Their response in achieving all of their success this season is a testament to our ambition as a program. This is a very special team and I look to see us continue in our pursuit of academic and athletic excellence. We look forward to the new challenges in 2018 as we transition into the Big South Conference." 

USC Upstate's 6-10-1 mark set a program record for wins as well as fewest losses while finishing with the highest RPI during the Division I era. The Spartans scored a record-breaking 27 goals and tallied a program-best 1.59 goals per game while attempting the highest-ever number of corner kicks at 75. USC Upstate was strong on the back line as well as it surrendered 32 goals, the second-fewest in team history, while only allowing 80 corner kicks. 

September 16 will go down as a monumental day in program history as well as John's coaching career. The Spartans earned a 1-0 win at UNC Asheville, which marked the 100th career victory in John's career as well as USC Upstate's first victory over the Bulldogs. Upstate also claimed its first win in the Division I era over North Florida with a 2-1 victory. 

Emma Honis was named to the ASUN All-Freshmen Team after she finished tied for second on the team with three goals. Honis scored two goals in a 4-2 win over Hampton on Sept. 1 and added a goal against Bob Jones on Sept. 26. She is the fifth player to claim a spot on the team.

In addition to its success on the field, the Spartans turned in a team cumulative GPA of 3.505. Senior Nicki Krejci became the first player during the Division I era, and first since 2001, to earn CoSIDA Academic All-District Honors.

The Spartans will begin spring practice on Friday. 

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