CHARLESTON, S.C. - Charleston Southern plays at The Citadel on Friday and hosts College of Charleston on Sunday in its annual city rivalry games. Both contests kick off at 4 p.m. and wrap up a four-game stretch against Palmetto State opponents. Last week the Bucs defeated South Carolina State in their home opener and lost at Coastal Carolina.
- CSU is 1-3 with a 3-0 win over South Carolina State and losses to Jacksonville, North Florida and Coastal.
- The Citadel has matched the best start in program history at 3-0 with victories over Hampton, Alabama A&M and South Carolina State.
- CofC is 1-3 entering its home game on Friday against Presbyterian. The Cougars have a win over Campbell and losses to Coastal, Virginia Tech and Tennessee.
- CSU holds a 7-4-1 lead in the all-time series against The Citadel including shutout victories the past two seasons. In a 4-0 win a year ago, current Bucs Lydia Frierson and Jordan Newman scored goals, and Kelly Hinkle, McKenzie Davis and Sidney Doherty contributed assists. Frierson also assisted on the lone goal in a 1-0 victory over the Bulldogs in 2015.
- Prior to the current two-game CSU winning streak The Citadel had won four in a row.
- CSU and CofC have played every year since the two programs began in 1993, and the Cougars have a 16-5-4 advantage. In the battle for the Silver Cup, CofC has won 14 and tied four times over the past 18 seasons including a 4-0 win last year at Patriots Point.
- The Bucs won five of the first seven games in the series but have not defeated the Cougars since 1998.
Bucs to Watch
- Junior defenders Taylor Francis and Grace Clark have started all four games this season and all 40 in their careers, the only current Bucs who can make that claim. The duo anchors a defense that has allowed just six goals in four games including one on a penalty kick.
- Freshman Julia Haber leads CSU with eight shots and is tied with Newman and Doherty with four shots on goal. Newman and Doherty have both scored two goals while Hinkle and freshman Emily Mullner have assists.
- Junior Alyssa Dellacqua has played all 360 minutes in goal and has made 32 saves to go along with a 1.50 goals against average. She needs seven more saves to pass former teammate Liz-Amanda Brown for seventh in school history.
Bulldogs to Watch
- Eight different Citadel players have scored goals, and Maria Contreras also has two assists for a team-leading four points.
- Goalkeeper Kaeley Johnston has been the lone Bulldog in goal and has a 1.33 goals against average and four saves.
Cougars to Watch
- Kalli Vogel and Alyssa Beck have scored the CofC goals this season.
- Genevieve Henderson has made 21 saves and has a 2.12 goals against average.
- Defender Meredith Tunney was named to the preseason All-CAA team.
Following the game against CofC, the Bucs are off for a week before hosting Delaware State on September 10 in the Nike Challege.