Bucs head to Asheville to open Big South schedule

Bucs head to Asheville to open Big South schedule

CHARLESTON, S.C. - Charleston Southern travels to the mountains of North Carolina on Saturday to open its Big South women's soccer schedule with a 3 p.m. game against UNC Asheville.

The Buccaneers enter league play with a 2-5-1 record and are coming off a 1-1 tie against Stetson on Sunday at the CSU Soccer Field. The Bulldogs are 4-4-1 after snapping a three-game losing streak with a 2-0 win over South Carolina State on Wednesday in Orangeburg.

The Matchup

  • CSU has played 30 games against UNC Asheville, the most against any opponent since the program began in 1993.
  • The Bulldogs hold a 15-13-2 edge in the series, but over the past 11 meetings the Bucs have a record of 8-2-1.
  • The Bucs won at home 1-0 a year ago behind a goal by Kelly Hinkle in the 62nd minute.
  • The Bulldogs claimed a 1-0 victory the last time the teams met in Asheville in 2015.
  • CSU and UNC Asheville had four common non-conference opponents. Both teams defeated South Carolina State and lost to North Florida. The Bulldogs have wins over Wofford and Jacksonville, teams that knocked off the Bucs.

Bucs to Watch

  • Jazzin Clark scored her first career goal in Sunday's tie against Stetson. Clark is tied with Sidney Doherty for the team lead with 14 shots and has a team-best nine shots on goal, including six in the past two games.
  • Doherty and Jordan Newman continue to lead the Bucs with two goals and five points.
  • Alyssa Dellacqua stopped nine shots against the Hatters to increase her season total to 54, the top mark in the Big South. Dellacqua, who has played all 752:36 in goal this season, also leads the league with 6.75 saves per game and is second in save percentage (.831) and fourth in goals against average (1.32).
  • Defenders Taylor Francis, Grace Clark, Emilie Gilbert and Juliana Barbaccia have been mainstays on the field this year. Francis has played 745 minutes (all but seven), followed by Gilbert (728), Clark (677) and Barbaccia (660).
  • All four have started each of this season's eight games, and Francis and Clark have started all 44 games during their three-year careers.

Bulldogs to Watch

  • Courtney Naber is tied for fourth in the Big South with four goals and ranks sixth with eight points. She is also second in the league with 28 shots.
  • Skyler Chillson scored her second goal of the season in Wednesday's win over South Carolina State.
  • Caroline Houser leads the Bulldogs with three saves to go along with one goal for five points.
  • Bryson Lee has two shutouts to her credit along with a 1.27 goals against average that ranks third in the conference.

Up Next
The Bucs play a pair of Big South home games next week. CSU hosts Presbyterian on Wednesday at 4:00 and Gardner-Webb on Saturday at 1:00.

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