CHARLESTON, S.C. - Charleston Southern looks to bounce back from its first Big South loss of the season when the Buccaneers host UNC Asheville on Saturday at 1 p.m.
CSU is 4-2-2 overall and 1-1-1 in the conference after a 1-0 double overtime loss at USC Upstate on Wednesday. The Bulldogs enter at 1-4-3 and 0-1-1 in league play after Wednesday's 2-0 loss to Campbell.
CSU has faced UNC Asheville 31 times, tied with Radford for the most common opponent in school history, and the Bulldogs hold a narrow 15-14-2 lead in the series. The Bucs have won the past two and are 9-2-1 dating back to the 2007 campaign.
The Bucs fell at Upstate despite 19 saves by Jazmin Gonzalez which more than doubled her previous career high established against the College of Charleston earlier this season. Her save total is the most by a Big South goalkeeper this season and the second most in CSU history. Gonzalez has 51 saves in her six starts and ranks second in the conference in saves per game (8.50), save percentage (.879) and goals against average (1.08).
Although the Bucs weren't able to find the back of the net at Upstate, the attack has been much improved this season. CSU had 22 shots against the Spartans including seven by Sidney Doherty and five with three on goal by Emily Kifer. The Bucs had seven goals in their previous three games while going 2-0-1.
UNC Asheville opened its Big South season with a 2-2 deadlock against Longwood on goals by Kyra Kandel and Gillian Oyos. The Bulldogs' lone win this year came against The Citadel on September 2.
The Bulldogs have used three goalkeepers with Courtney O'Malley starting four times. O'Malley leads the Big South with 9.50 saves per game, an .884 save percentage and 1.07 goals against average. Oyos is the lone Bulldog with two goals, and Kandel has a pair of assists.