CSU opens Big South tournament play with quarterfinal contest at Campbell

CSU opens Big South tournament play with quarterfinal contest at Campbell

CHARLESTON, S.C. - The Charleston Southern women's soccer team heads to Buies Creek, N.C., on Sunday for a Big South Tournament quarterfinal game against Campbell. Kickoff is at 2 p.m., and video and live stats will be available. 

The Buccaneers and Camels finished in a tie for fourth in the conference standings with 5-4-1 records, but Campbell earned the home game on the strength of a 2-1 regular season victory in Charleston on October 3. CSU is 9-5-2 overall while Campbell is 6-10-1.

In other quarterfinal games, top-seeded Radford hosts No. 8 High Point and No. 6 USC Upstate is at No. 3 Longwood on Saturday. The other Sunday contest features No. 7 Winthrop at No. 2 Gardner-Webb. The quarterfinal winners will convene in Matthews, N.C., for the semifinals and finals next Friday and Sunday.

The winner of the CSU-Campbell game will play the Radford-High Point survivor in one semifinal with the Gardner-Webb-Winthrop winner playing the Upstate-Longwood victor in the other. 

In the regular season meeting, the Camels built a 2-0 lead on goals by Shannon Wratchford and Jessica Donald and held the Bucs scoreless until a Sidney Doherty penalty kick with just 15 seconds remaining. 

Doherty, an All-Big South second team selection this season, paces CSU with four assists and 10 points and is tied for the team lead with three goals along with Riley Rumbley and Kayla Robinson. Rumbley was chosen to the Big South All-Freshman team.

Jazmin Gonzalez has allowed only two goals in her last 405 minutes including shutouts of High Point and Winthrop and leads the conference in goals against average (0.92) and save percentage (.864). Gonzalez has combined with fellow senior keeper Alyssa Dellacqua for a team goals against average of 0.96, well ahead of the current school record of 1.13 set in 2011.

The Camels are led in scoring by Alexa Genas with eight goals, including six in Big South play, and 17 points. Genas was the Big South Attacking Player of  the Year in 2017 when she tallied 15 goals to rank third in the nation. Rosie O'Neal has four assists, and Erin Scott has started all 17 games in goal with a 1.42 goals against average and .771 save percentage. 

Campbell's regular season win upped its lead in the all-time series to 11-2-1 including a 5-0 mark in Buies Creek. The teams have met only once in the Big South Tournament, playing to a 3-3 tie in 1993 before the Camels prevailed in a 6-5 penalty kick shootout.

CSU is looking to advance past the first round of the tournament for the first time since a 2-1 victory over Coastal Carolina in 2005. The Bucs are 0-8-3 in their last 11 appearances, falling in the shootout in each of those three ties.

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