CHARLESTON, S.C. - Allie Crossland scored her first career goal midway through the second half to give Charleston Southern a 1-0 victory over FIU in women's soccer action Friday at the CSU Soccer Field.
The Buccaneers are off to a 2-0-1 start, the first time they are undefeated after three games since starting 4-0 in 2009, and have allowed only one goal in their first three contests. The Panthers dropped to 0-4. CSU concludes its three-game homestand Sunday at 1 p.m. against Ball State.
How It Happened
- In the 68th minute, Crossland took a feed from Sidney Doherty, dribbled around FIU goalkeeper Christina Velazquez and put the ball into the vacated net.
- Crossland did not start the game but entered in the waning minutes of the first half. She had only four career shots before firing two on Friday.
- The assist by Doherty was the fifth of her career and the first for the Bucs this season.
- Doherty had a great scoring chance in the 29th minute but her shot sailed just right of the mark.
- The Bucs nearly added some insurance in the 79th minute when a rocket by Kayla Robinson was hauled in by Velazquez.
Inside the Stats
- Both teams finished with 12 shots with the Bucs firing eight on goal to only four for the Panthers.
- CSU dominated play in the first half, taking nine of its 12 shots over the opening 45 minutes.
- FIU had three corner kicks to two for CSU.
- Jazmin Gonzalez had a lot of help from the typically stingy CSU defense, needing to make only four saves.
- Velazquez made seven stops for the Panthers.
- The shutout was the second of the season for Gonzalez and third of her career.
News and Notes
- Freshmen Dakota Fiedler and Riley Rumbley made their first career starts.
- The backline of Grace Clark, Taylor Francis, Emilie Gilbert and Juliana Barbaccia went the distance for the third straight game.
- The Bucs took a 2-1 lead in the all-time series against FIU in the first meeting since 2003.
Player of the Game
Quoting Eric Terrill
"This was another great defensive performance by the back four and defensive midfielders and a young attack that continues to get better. Every win is a good win and today was just that. It is another growing experience which will pay dividends at the end of the season."
CSU concludes a three-game homestand Sunday at 1 p.m. against Ball State. The Cardinals have won the past three Mid-America Conference West titles and were picked to finish second in the league this season.