Bucs wrap up regular season at Radford with Big South Tournament home game on the line

Bucs wrap up regular season at Radford with Big South Tournament home game on the line

CHARLESTON, S.C. - Charleston Southern looks to secure a home game in the quarterfinals of the Big South Tournament when it concludes the regular season at conference-leading Radford on Tuesday at 4 p.m.

Live stats will be available for the game but there will not be a video stream.

The Buccaneers are 5-3-1 in the Big South (9-4-2 overall) and locked in a tight battle for one of four quarterfinal home games later this week. CSU is currently in fourth place with 16 points, one behind third-place Longwood, one ahead of USC Upstate and three in front of Campbell. The Highlanders have already clinched the regular season title with 24 points and are 12-2-1 overall and 8-1 in the Big South.

Upstate plays at Campbell and Longwood is at High Point on Tuesday. The Bucs must finish ahead of the Spartans and Camels as a result of losses this season, and CSU played to a draw with the Lancers.

CSU is riding a four-game winning streak, its longest since taking five in a row in 2011, and has blanked its last three Big South opponents. The last time the Bucs shut out three consecutive conference opponents came in 2010 with wins over VMI, UNC Asheville and Presbyterian. 

A victory at Radford or in the Big South Tournament will give the Bucs their first 10-win season since back-to-back 12-win campaigns in 2009 and 2010.

Grace Clark and Kayla Robinson scored goals in CSU's last outing, a 2-0 victory over Hampton on Senior Day. Robinson moved into a tie with Sidney Doherty and Riley Rumbley for the team lead with three goals, and Doherty assisted on the Clark goal for her fourth of the season to tie her for fifth in the Big South.

Jazmin Gonzalez and Alyssa Dellacqua split halves in goal against the Pirates and combined for CSU's sixth shutout win of the season, the most since recording eight in 1996. Dellacqua had three saves to give her 242 in her career and move her into a tie with Pam Ramler for fourth in school history.

Gonzalez lowered her goals against average to a conference-best 0.91, and she also ranks second in save percentage (.863) and third in saves per game (5.73).

Radford has won seven in a row since a 2-1 loss to Gardner-Webb, its only Big South defeat of the season. The Highlanders have outscored conference opponents, 23-7, and are averaging 2.53 goals per game.

Jasmine Casarez leads the conference with 83 shots, ranks second with nine goals and 22 points and is tied with teammate Jessica Wollman for first with four game-winning goals. Wollman is also tied for third with eight goals and tied for fourth with 18 points, and Nelia Perez paces the league with nine assists. Courtenay Kaplan is second with a 1.05 goals against average and third in save percentage at .821.

Radford holds a 19-7-5 lead in the all-time series including 10-2-1 at home. The Highlanders won 1-0 in Charleston last year, and the last CSU win was a 2-0 victory at home in 2015.

 

 

 

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