CHARLESTON, S.C. - Charleston Southern faces its biggest test of the young Big South soccer season on Wednesday when the Buccaneers travel to North Carolina to face defending Big South regular season champion High Point. Kickoff is scheduled for 5 p.m.
- CSU is off to a 2-0-1 start in Big South play (4-5-2 overall) and is in a three-way tie for second place with High Point and Liberty with seven points, two behind league-leader Campbell.
- This marks a tie for the best opening three-game Big South stretch in CSU history. The Bucs also started 2-0-1 in 1998 and 2010 and went on to win a school-record six conference games the latter season.
- The Bucs defeated UNC Asheville (3-0) and Presbyterian (3-1) in their first two Big South games before playing to a 1-1 draw with Gardner-Webb on Saturday.
- High Point (5-6-1 overall) is coming off a 2-1 overtime win over Radford on Saturday. The Panthers also own a win over Longwood (1-0) and played to a scoreless tie with Liberty in a rematch of last year's Big South Tournament championship game.
- High Point's overall record is a bit misleading as four of its losses have come to Georgia, South Carolina, Ole Miss and Auburn.
- High Point won the regular season title a year ago with a 7-1-1 record in the Big South.
- The Panthers have won nine in a row over the Bucs and have an all-time series record of 18-6. High Point won twice last year, defeating the Bucs in Charleston by a score of 3-1 during the regular season and taking a 1-0 victory at home in the opening round of the Big South Tournament.
- CSU's last win over High Point came in 2010, the culmination of a stretch of four wins in five games for the Bucs.
Bucs to Watch
- Jordan Newman scored her fifth goal of the season in the tie against Gardner-Webb. She ranks fifth in the Big South in goals, tied for fifth with 12 points and tied for second with two game-winning goals.
- Newman, who has already equaled her goal total from a year ago, has 12 goals and 28 points in her career, the most by any current CSU player. Lydia Frierson is second with eight goals and seven assists for 23 points.
- Jazzin Clark leads the Bucs with 20 shots and is tied for the top spot with Newman in shots on goal with 11. McKenzie Davis has fired 15 shots, more than doubling her career total entering the season.
- Alyssa Dellacqua paces the Big South with 69 saves and also ranks second in save percentage (.841) and third in goals against average (1.12). She has allowed only two goals in three conference contests and has played every minute between the posts for the Bucs this season.
Panthers to Watch
- Goalkeeper Alex Hank has earned the past two Big South Defensive Player of the Week awards and five in her career. The High Point record holder for wins and goals against average, Hank has 45 saves, a .789 save percentage and 1.29 goals against average this season.
- Michele Micciche and Paige Rombach lead the Panthers with two goals, with Rombach tallying the game-winner in overtime in Saturday's win over Radford.
- Becca Rolfe scored her first goal of the year in the 72nd minute to bring High Point even with the Highlanders.
- Hank, Rolfe and Paige Lloyd were all named second team All-Big South a year ago.
The Bucs return home on Satuday for a 2 p.m. game against Longwood.