CHARLESTON, S.C. - The Charleston Southern women's soccer team opens its 2018 campaign Sunday when the Buccaneers travel to Spartanburg for a noon kickoff against Wofford.
CSU holds a 4-2-1 lead in the series, but the Terriers won a 1-0 contest last year in Charleston. The Bucs held a 22-12 advantage in shots but fell when Hayley Younginer scored two and a half minutes into the second overtime period. Senior Alyssa Dellacqua helped keep it scoreless until the end with seven saves. The teams played to a 2-2 deadlock in Spartanburg in 2015 with Anna Sells scoring both CSU goals.
The Bucs will again feature one of the top defensive teams in the Big South with the return of seniors Grace Clark, Emilie Gilbert and Taylor Francis and sophomore Juliana Barbaccia to the backline. The quartet helped CSU allow only 25 goals last year including just 11 in nine conference games. Dellacqua and fellow senior goalkeeper Jazmin Gonzalez will compete for playing time during the early part of the season, with Dellacqua entering the season ranked fifth in school history with 217 saves.
Senior Sidney Doherty is the top returning scorer for the Bucs after tallying three goals and adding a pair of assists a year ago.
Wofford dominated play against UNC Asheville in its opener on Friday, outshooting the Bulldogs by a whopping 22-3 margin, but had to settle for a 1-1 draw on an Eva Dailey goal in the 75th minute. Younginer was held scoreless after leading the nation with 21 goals and ranking second with 46 points in 2017. The game was the first of three straight for Wofford against Big South opponents as the Terriers play at Radford on Thursday.
After tomorrow's contest the Bucs will wait a week before playing their first home game of the year against Mercer next Sunday at 1 p.m.