CLINTON, S.C. - Freshman Emily Kifer scored her first career goal in the sixth minute of overtime to give Charleston Southern a dramatic 3-2 victory over Presbyterian in its Big South women's soccer opener Wednesday night.
Riley Rumbley added the first two goals of her college career to rally the Buccaneers (4-1-1, 1-0 Big South) from a 1-0 halftime deficit. The Blue Hose dropped to 5-3 and 0-2 in the conference.
How It Happened
- Presbyterian took a 1-0 lead in the 20th minute on a goal by Kori Lawrence with the assist going to Preston Robinette.
- It stayed that way when Jazmin Gonzalez came through with a diving save of a penalty kick by Mallory Hopkins in the 54th minute.
- That play sparked the CSU offense, which produced two goals in a span six and a half minutes.
- Rumbley tied it up in the 65th minute when her shot deflected past Blue Hose goalkeeper Megan Serrano. Danielle Maggio was credited with the assist.
- The Bucs kept the pressure on and it paid dividends in the 71st minute when Rumbley one-timed a pass from Addie Bokelman into the back of the net to put CSU in front.
- The Blue Hose forced overtime in the 86th minute when Robinette slipped a high, arcing shot past Gonzalez.
- The Bucs had the only two shots of overtime, including one on a breakaway by Kifer off an assist by Dakota Fiedler that beat Serrano to the bottom right corner of the goal.
Inside the Numbers
- Presbyterian held a 19-15 edge in shots including 9-8 on goal. The Blue Hose also had 10 corner kicks to three for the Bucs.
- Kayla Robinson was aggressive on the offensive end all night, finishing with a team-high four shots while matching Rumbley with two shots on goal.
- Gonzalez stopped seven shots, the third time this season she has reached that total. She also had seven against Wofford and a career-high nine against College of Charleston.
News and Notes
- The Bucs increased their lead in the series against Presbyterian to 7-4-1 and evened their mark in Clinton at 3-3-1.
- CSU has four wins in its first six games for the first time since 2014.
- The Bucs have won their Big South opener the past three seasons, defeating UNC Asheville in 2016 and 2017.
- Mallory Foster made her first start in her second year at CSU while Robinson made her first start of the season.
Player of the Game
Quoting Eric Terrill
"The first conference game is always big since it sets the tone for the rest of the season. Both teams played extremely hard and it was a very competitive game. Again we had an outstanding defensive performance from our upperclassmen, and our attack is growing from the freshmen with Riley scoring two goals and Emily coming up with the game winner. I am very proud of the team, and we are just getting better.
The Bucs play their first Big South home game of the season when Longwood visits on Saturday. Kickoff time has been changed to 11 a.m.