CHARLESTON, S.C. - Lydia Frierson had a goal and assist as Charleston Southern continued its hot start in Big South play with a 3-1 win over Presbyterian on Wednesday at the CSU Soccer Field.
McKenzie Davis and Addie Bokelman added their first career goals, and Alyssa Dellacqua made four saves as the Bucs improved to 2-0 in the Big South and 4-5-1 overall. Presbyterian dropped its seventh in a row and fell to 2-7 and 0-2 in the conference.
How They Scored
- In the 30th minute, Davis fielded a cross by Frierson that was misplayed by Blue Hose goalkeeper Abby Jones and Davis tucked it into the open net to give the Bucs a 1-0 lead.
- Presbyterian needed less than three minutes to tie it up. Dellacqua saved a free kick by Kelsey Yeager, but Kristen Bane secured the rebound and scored her second goal of the year.
- The scoring binge continued in the 35th minute when the Bucs grabbed the lead back. Jordan Newman fed Frierson, whose long shot from outside the box beat Jones to her right to make it a 2-1 game. The goal was the second of the season for Frierson.
- CSU put the finishing touches on the victory in the 85th minute when Bokelman put on a nice run through the Blue Hose defense, split a pair of defenders and fired one past Jones.
Inside the Numbers
- CSU led in shots 15-11 including 8-5 in shots on goal. The Bucs dominated play in the first half with a 9-3 edge in shots before the Blue Hose narrowed the gap after intermission.
- The Bucs also created scoring opportunities with seven corner kicks to only one for the Blue Hose.
- Davis and Peyton Motley led CSU with three shots. Motley was denied a goal in the 65th minute when her shot was saved by a diving Jones.
- In addition to Dellacqua, defenders Chloe Sherry, Emilie Gilbert, Grace Clark and Taylor Francis played all 90 minutes.
News and Notes
- Davis and Bokelman are the second and third Bucs to score their first career goal this week after Motley did so against UNC Asheville on Saturday.
- Frierson increased her career totals to eight goals and seven assists. With 23 points she is three behind Newman for the most among current CSU players.
- The Bucs are 2-0 in the Big South for the second straight year.
- CSU has scored six goals in conference wins over UNC Asheville and Presbyterian. The Bucs had scored only seven times in their eight non-league contests.
- Dellacqua moved into sixth place in school history with 177 career saves. She eight away from passing Jena Uvalle (2006-09) for fifth.
Quoting Eric Terrill
"It's a huge benefit to get up 2-0 in the conference. It takes the added pressure of trying to make the tournament later in the season, and you can focus more on just winning games and not worrying about qualifying for the postseason."
The Bucs wrap up a two-game homestand on Saturday with a 1 p.m. game against Gardner-Webb.