CLINTON, S.C. - A windy Thursday evening match-up saw the CSU Lady Buccaneers walk away with a 2-0 win against the home Presbyterian College Blue Hose, in Clinton, S.C.
From the beginning of the match, Presbyterian looked to pressure the visiting Lady Bucs of CSU and use the wind as an advantage as balls were flighted in towards the CSU defense from all different directions of the field. As CSU finally got the ball and game under control, a Gina Thomas flick found an open Allison Lewis in the 6th minute of play but Lewis’ one time volley fell to the hands of Presbyterian keeper Sarah-Beth Anderson. Only a minute later Rebecca Hollstegge put in a good tackle at midfield to win the ball for CSU and found an open Lewis again. Lewis with the ball at her feet had a Cristiano Ronaldo-esque type step-over to get past her defender then played a cross into the box. The cross found Toni Lashley, who at first seemingly had the ball caught under her foot but managed to get off a shot anyways inside the 18. Lashley’s shot found the back of the net to put the Lady Bucs up 1-0.
As the half moved forward, CSU looked to continue its pressure as Hollstegge collected a ball 45 yards from goal and made a knifing run through the PC defense. Beating two players, Hollstegge then lifted her head up and had a dig at goal only to have her shot pull wide at the last minute. With 22 minutes in the half Lashley again threatened the PC goal as a searching ball was played by Gina Thomas to Lashley. Lashley shrugged her defender off in mid-stride and had a one time shot on goal that beat the PC keeper but could only find the post. The Lady Bucs continued to press and look for a second goal as Casey Bolduc found herself in space. Bolduc looked up and from the right side of PC’s 18, unleashed a curling and dipping shot that was just barely pushed wide by PC’s keeper Anderson.
The half came to a close with Lashley looking to draw a foul in the box which should have resulted in a penalty kick for CSU but the center referee waved play on and told Lashley to get up that there was no foul on the play.
The second half of the match started with PC pressuring the CSU defense. For once in the game Caitlin Cody was called into action as PC’s Morgan Fragapane hit a looping shot from about 25 yards out and Cody was up to the task to push the ball over the crossbar to keep the score at 1-0. In the 51st minute of play, an Olivia Urig free kick found the head of Katelyn Faucette who flicked the ball on and found the back of the net. Faucette’s header seemed to catch PC’s keeper off her line and fell right under the crossbar to give CSU a 2-0 lead and 1st of Faucette’s career.
CSU continued to push numbers forward to kill the game off and almost found their third of the match when Lashley had a break away but a bad first touch saw PC’s keeper collect the ball with ease. Seconds later a driven ball across the box almost found Lashley but missed her. Gina Thomas at the backpost could not find a foot on it either to put it in the net. As those two chances went begging CSU still kept the pressure on and put the clamps on any PC attack.
As the second half came to a close, the Lady Bucs possessed the ball and put some players into the game who have not seen much action this year to rest some of their starters. The game ended and CSU walked away with a well deserved 2-0 victory against PC. With the win CSU moves to 2-3 in conference play and 7-6 overall.
The Lady Bucs will now travel to Asheville, N.C. to play UNC-Asheville on Saturday, October 15th with a noon kick off time. The game will be webcasted via Big South Network and will also have live stats as well.