CSU looks to continue hot start against Longwood

CSU looks to continue hot start against Longwood

CHARLESTON, S.C. - The Charleston Southern women's soccer team looks to build on the momentum gained from Wednesday's win at Presbyterian when the Buccaneers host Longwood on Saturday at 11 a.m. 

The Bucs improved to 4-1-1 overall after opening its Big South slate with a 3-2 overtime victory over the Blue Hose. Freshmen Riley Rumbley and Emily Kifer accounted for all three goals, with Rumbley scoring twice in the second half to wipe out a 1-0 deficit and Kifer tallying the game winner in the sixth minute of the extra session. Two other first-year players - Danielle Maggio and Dakota Fiedler - were credited with assists along with senior Addie Bokelman.

Jazmin Gonzalez made seven saves, the third time this season she has reached that total. The senior leads the Big South with a 1.14 goals against average and is second with an .842 save percentage. 

With four wins in their first six games, the Bucs are off to one of the fastest starts in school history. With a victory on Saturday, CSU will have five wins within its first seven games for the first time since 2009 while opening 2-0 in Big South play for the second straight year.

Longwood is 2-4-2 overall and opened its conference schedule with a 2-2 draw against UNC Asheville on Wednesday. The Lancers built a 2-0 lead in the first half on goals by Emilie Kupsov and Emily Motherspaugh before the Bulldogs rallied for the tie. 

Kupsov is tied for the team lead with two goals along with Kelly Almeida, Carrie Reaver and Paige Robertson. Madison Van Dyke has a 1.79 goals against average and .667 save percentage.

The Lancers hold an 11-4 lead in the all-time series and won twice last year including a victory in the Big South Tournament.

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