CHARLESTON, S.C. - Charleston Southern continues their 2012 season on Saturday evening as the Lady Bucs travel to High Point, N.C. to take on the top-seed Panthers at Vert Stadium in the quarterfinals of the 2012 Big South Women’s Soccer Championships.
The Lady Bucs (7-10-1) hosted High Point (9-5-6) on October 18th at Buccaneer Field with the Panthers proving the victor behind a standout game by Jacky Kessler in winning 4-0. Kickoff for the rematch is set for 7 p.m. and will be streamed live on the Big South Network, while Live Stats will also be provided for the match.
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CSU fought their way to the end of the regular season needing either a win or a tie against Coastal Carolina on Tuesday to clinch their 20th consecutive playoff berth and the Lady Bucs delivered with one of their top performances of the season as Chloe Urig and Chelsea Frankeny scored goals against the Chanticleers in the 2-1 victory.
Urig scored her first career collegiate goal 90 seconds into the second half against Coastal, collecting the corner kick from Emma Faubert and tapping a shot through the defense into the left corner of the net to put the Lady Bucs ahead.
Frankeny clinched the win against the Chants 20 minutes later with her fourth goal of the season, receiving a long pass down the right sideline from Rebecca Hollstegge. The freshman forward advanced the ball into the box before uncorking a curving shot toward the left post which deflected the ball into the net for the game-clincher.
High Point also entered their final game of the season needing a win to clinch the regular season Big South title and the Panthers connected in the second half with a pair of goals over a span of 72 seconds to defeat host Campbell on Tuesday night.
Becca Hemby led the way with a header off of Danielle Schepler’s corner kick in the 66th minute for the first score in the match, while Janay Whittaker doubled the lead 72 seconds later, receiving the pass from Kessler at the top of the penalty area and fired a shot into the net from 18 yards out as the Panthers topped the Camels 2-0.
The last time the teams met HPU’s Kessler was the star on the field, recording two goals and two assists as the Panthers topped Charleston Southern on Buccaneer Field, 4-0.
Kessler opened the scoring at the 15:51 mark with the first goal of the game and added the final score at the 73:13 mark, while Schepler and Kelli Joline also scored in the victory.
Charleston Southern is led on the season by Toni Lashley as the junior forward finished the regular season second in the conference standings in goals scored on the season with 11 goals and third in the conference with 23 points. Lashley recorded three multi-goal games on the season, including her first career hat-trick against UNC Asheville and also recorded a four-game scoring streak with at least one goal on the season in pacing the CSU offensive efforts.
Hollstegge is also among the CSU scoring leaders with five goals and four assists, including a hat-trick in conference play against Gardner-Webb, while Frankeny also has four goals for the Lady Bucs in her first collegiate season.
High Point is lead on the season by Becca Hemby’s nine goals and four assists, while Kessler has added six goals for the Panthers as HPU will challenge the CSU defense led by redshirt sophomore Tori Wright and goalkeeper Caitlin Cody. Overall, seven High Point players have recorded multiple goals on the season as High Point has outshot the competition 349-299 on the year and has outscored their opponents 36-26.
In the net, Cody leads the CSU efforts, starting all 18 matches for head coach Eric Terrill, allowing 1.95 goals per game with a .820 goals allowed average on the season, with two shutouts on the season. High Point is led by the duo of Ivy Cocklereece and Jesse May inside the pipe as they have combined for a 1.21 goals allowed average and a .803 saves percentage with six shutouts on the season.