Late goal leads Presbyterian past CSU, 2-1October 11, 2012
CLINTON, S.C. - Sara Simpson’s second half goal lifted host Presbyterian College over the visiting Charleston Southern Buccaneers at Edens Field at Martin Stadium on Thursday evening in Big South Conference action.
Rebecca Hollstegge recorded her fifth goal of the season in the loss, scoring in the final second of the first half as CSU (5-8-1, 3-4 BSC) fell under .500 in conference play on the season, while Presbyterian (2-12, 2-5 BSC) recorded their second win in the Big South in 2012.
Presbyterian challenged CSU goalkeeper Caitlin Cody early in the first half, placing shots on goal in the opening three minutes as Keri O’Neill and Brittany Whitson fired toward the net, but the redshirt sophomore proved up to the task with a pair of saves to keep the Blue Hose at bay.
Allison Lewis recorded the first shot for the Lady Bucs at the 2:41 mark but pushed her attempt wide right. Toni Lashley launched the first shot on goal for CSU at the 7:15 mark, but Jordan Broadway kept the score even with the save.
The teams traded shots for the next 10 minutes before Tori Lopez collected the cross from Emily Boggus and fired a shot on goal from inside the box. Her attempt was deflected back into play by Cody where it was collected by Catie Smith and she made the Lady Bucs defense pay with the first score of the contest at the 18:35 mark to give PC the 1-0 advantage.
Charleston Southern battled back, controlling possession for a majority of the first half as the Lady Bucs outshot Presbyterian 11-7 over the first 45 minutes of play as Emma Faubert, Gina Cox, Gina Thomas and Hannah Thomas all launched shots on goal, but CSU was unable to put a point on the scoreboard until the closing seconds of the half.
Hollstegge finally broke the seal on the net after collecting a long pass from Tori Wright inside the box. The senior midfielder slid into the box in front of the advancing keeper and scored with 0.3 seconds remaining on the clock in the half to even the score and send the teams into the half knotted up at 1 apiece.
Both teams jostled back and forth as the CSU and PC battled for the go-ahead score in the second half as neither team put a shot on net until the 78:34 mark when Simpson collected a high pass inside the box on the run, volleying her shot attempt into the net to give the hosts the 2-1 lead.
Charleston Southern’s final scoring attempt came in the 83rd minute as Lewis directed a header toward the back of the net at the 82:20 mark, but Broadway recorded the save on her way to closing out the 2-1 Presbyterian victory.
Hollstegge and Lashley led the Lady Bucs with four shots apiece in the game as CSU outshot Presbyterian 16-14 on the match. Cody recorded a match-high eight saves in taking the loss for the Buccaneers.
Charleston Southern returns home on Saturday, October 13th as the Lady Bucs host UNC Asheville on Buccaneer Field in Big South Conference action. Kickoff between CSU and the Bulldogs is set for 11 a.m.Related Item: Box Score