CHARLESTON, S.C. – Charleston Southern dropped their final regular season match against Liberty on Tuesday afternoon at home, falling to the Flames in a shutout at CSU Soccer Field, 2-0.
Kelsey Fitzhugh gave an aggressive offensive performance, leading the Buccaneers (6-10-1, 2-5-1) with two shots on goal within the first ten minutes of the game.
"I thought they played pretty well, I'm proud of them today," said Head Coach Eric Terrill. "In some of our games lately, I've felt the girls have been going through the motions. Today they came out with a lot of energy and intensity."
CSU's only other shot on goal for the match came from Ally Gerthoffer in the 73rd minute, but was saved by Liberty (11-7, 7-2) goalkeeper and Big South Defensive Player of the Week, Holly Van Noord (11-6).
After a scoreless first half, the Flames got on the board in the 51st minute with a goal from sophomore midfielder Lauren Weygandt. The go-ahead point came after CSU goalkeeper Liz Amanda Brown stepped out to block a pass from Jennifer Knobel. Weygandt played the ball off Brown's deflection and sent a soft roll to the left back of the net for the first goal of the match and her second of the season.
Liberty doubled their lead in the 74th minute with a goal from Devon Jones. The sophomore forward won the rebound of a cross put up by Sami Santos and sent another soft roll into the back of the net for the Flames.
The Buccaneers had several breakaways in the match, but were unable to connect within the frame in several 1 vs. 1 opportunities.
CSU will travel to High Point this weekend for the 2016 Big South Women's Soccer Championship quarterfinals. The Buccaneers are the No. 8 seed and will face the No. 1 seed, High Point. Kickoff between the Bucs and the Panthers is set for 2 p.m. on the Big South Network.