Soccer Preview: Buccaneers travel to High Point for Big South Championship Quarterfinals

Soccer Preview: Buccaneers travel to High Point for Big South Championship Quarterfinals

CHARLESTON, S.C. - No. 8 Charleston Southern opens the 2016 Big South Women's Soccer Championship with a quarterfinal matchup at No. 1 High Point on Sunday afternoon at Vert Stadium. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m. on the Big South Network and fans can follow the action via Live Stats on CSUsports.com and in-game updates on Twitter: @CSUGameDay.

Soccer Match Notes - vs. High Point University

Scouting the Opposition
High Point enters Sunday's matchup as the Big South regular-season champions with a 7-1-1 conference record and 22 points. The Panthers are coming off four straight wins, including three shutouts. High Point's one conference loss was recorded on October 8 at home against UNC Asheville where the Panthers fell to the Bulldogs, 1-0. The following week, HPU tied Longwood in a scoreless match at home. The Panthers' offense has been led by Big South Attacking Player of the Year Kelsey Perrell. The redshirt-senior forward leads the conference with nine goals and has recorded three assists this season. In addition, Perrell is ranked 2nd in the Big South in points with 21 and was named First-Team All-Conference.Junior goalkeeper Alex Hank leads High Point's defense with 65 saves for the season for a save percentage of .783. Hank also leads the Big South in shutouts with 8 this season and was named Second-Team All-Conference.

Last Time Between CSU and High Point * October 15, 2016
Charleston Southern was unable to put a stop to a hot start by High Point University on Saturday afternoon as the Buccaneers fell to the Panthers, 3-1 on CSU's Senior Day. The Buccaneers (6-7, 2-3) were out-shot 23-9 in the contest and the Panthers (8-5-2, 4-1-1) held the 10-0 advantage on corner kicks. CSU's Anna Sells scored the Buccaneers only goal of the match in the 84th minute. Following a scramble in the box, Sells won the ball and sent it rolling to the back of the net with a slide towards the goal. The goal marked Sells' eighth of the season, further solidifying her spot as the top scorer in the Big South. Liz Amanda Brown faced an aggressive High Point offense and recorded 12 saves in the net for the Buccaneers.

Recapping CSU's Last Game
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. 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.

Big South Standouts
For the second consecutive year, Anna Sells and Lydia Frierson are representing Charleston Southern women's soccer proudly. The Big South Conference recognized the two players as the conference office announced the women's soccer postseason awards on Friday morning. Sells was once again selected to the Big South's All-Conference Second-Team, while Frierson received the honor of being named to the Big South's All-Academic team for back-to-back years.Sells has earned a spot on the All-Conference Second-Team twice throughout her collegiate career and was named to the Big South Honorable Mention squad in 2014. The senior forward from Greenville, N.C. led the Buccaneers and was second in the Big South with eight goals scored on the season. She also finished among the conference leaders in game-winning goals (4) and points (17) in being selected to the Big South Second-Team.Frierson was once again named to the Big South All-Academic Team, with the junior midfielder playing 17 games and earning 16 starts on the season. Frierson is tied as the team leader in assists, with three on the season. She currently has a 3.97 GPA and is majoring in Communications with an emphasis in Theatre and a minor in Health Promotion. Frierson is also completing an internship with the Sports Information Department.

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