Bucs look for historic Big South start on Saturday against Gardner-Webb

Bucs look for historic Big South start on Saturday against Gardner-Webb

CHARLESTON, S.C. - Charleston Southern looks to start 3-0 in Big South play for the first time in school history when the Buccaneers host Gardner-Webb on Saturday at 1 p.m. at the CSU Soccer Field.

The Matchup

  • CSU is 4-5-1 overall and 2-0 in the Big South for the second straight year after defeating UNC Asheville (3-0) and Presbyterian (3-1). CSU and Campbell are the only two 2-0 teams in the Big South.
  • The Bucs won twice and tied once to start the 2010 conference schedule but have never won their first three league contests.
  • The six goals in the first two Big South games marks an offensive surge for a CSU team that had scored just seven goals in eight non-conference games.
  • Gardner-Webb dropped a 1-0 decision to Liberty in its Big South opener. The Runnin' Bulldogs are 2-8 overall with wins over East Tennessee State and Eastern Kentucky.
  • CSU leads the all-time series 7-5-1 and is 5-2 in the last seven meetings.
  • The Runnin' Bulldogs took a 2-0 victory last year in Boiling Springs, N.C. The Bucs were a 1-0 winner in 2015 the last time the teams played in Charleston.

Bucs to Watch

  • Lydia Frierson sparked Wednesday's win over Presbyterian with a goal and assist. The senior midfielder increased her career totals to eight goals and seven assists, and with 23 points she is three behind Jordan Newman for the most among current CSU players.
  • Newman leads the Bucs and is tied for fourth in the Big South with four goals, and her 10 points are tied for fifth in the conference. Newman has a pair of two-goal games this season, including one in the win over UNC Asheville.
  • Three Bucs scored their first career goals in the two conference wins. Peyton Motley tallied a goal against UNC Asheville, and McKenzie Davis and Addie Bokelman found the back of the net against Presbyterian.
  • Alyssa Dellacqua moved into sixth place in school history with 177 career saves and needs eight to pass Jena Uvalle (2006-09) for fifth. Dellacqua leads the Big South with 64 saves and ranks second with an .842 save percentage and fourth with a 1.16 goals against average.

Runnin' Bulldogs to Watch

  • Goalkeeper Keely Brown made eight saves in the narrow loss to Liberty and is second in the Big South with 55 saves. She has started all 10 games and owns a 1.91 goals against average.
  • Samuelle Grove leads Gardner-Webb with two goals, 18 shots and nine shots on goal.
  • Stina Kleppe, Jana Braun and Ty Snell have also scored goals for the Runnin' Bulldogs.

Up Next
CSU hits the road to face defending Big South regular season champion High Point on Wednesday at 5 p.m. The Bucs return home a week from Saturday for a 2 p.m. contest against Longwood.

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