Soccer Preview: Buccaneers back at home for Saturday matchup against High Point

Soccer Preview: Buccaneers back at home for Saturday matchup against High Point

CHARLESTON, S.C. - Charleston Southern will host High Point University as the Buccaneers face the Panthers at CSU Soccer Field on Saturday. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. and fans can follow the action via Live Stats on and in-game updates on Twitter: @CSUGameDay.

Soccer Match Notes - vs. High Point University

Scouting the Opposition
High Point enters Saturday's matchup with a 7-5-2 overall record and a 3-1-1 conference record on the season.  The Panthers have recorded wins against Elon, Appalachian State, Ohio University, William & Mary, Liberty, Gardner-Webb and Campbell.

High Point's offense has been led by Kelsey Perrell.  The redshirt senior forward has recorded two assists and six goals for the season, including one multi-goal effort in the Panthers win against Liberty. In addition, Perrell is ranked 4th in the Big South for most goals scored and 6th in the conference for total points with 14.  Redshirt junior Bailey Beattie follows Perrell with three goals and two assists for High Point.

Junior goalkeeper Alex Hank leads the Panther's defense with 57 saves for the season for a save percentage of .760.  Hank also leads the Big South in most shutouts with five for the season.

Last Time Between CSU and High Point * October 21, 2015
Charleston Southern dropped a mid-week Big South matchup against High Point on Wednesday evening, falling to the host Panthers at Vert Stadium, 2-0.  Anna Sells led all players with six shots for the Buccaneers including a shot on goal in the 62nd minute, but CSU was unable to score in falling to 6-7-2, 3-5 in Big South play in the loss.

Recapping CSU's Last Game
After a strong start, Charleston Southern was unable to maintain momentum and fell to Presbyterian College on the road, 3-2.  The Buccaneers (6-6, 2-2) opened the game as an offensive force, with goals from Anna Sells and Kelly Hinkle within the first 10 minutes.  But the Bucs lost their steam as the Blue Hose (3-10, 1-4) got on the board in the 22nd minute with a goal to the right side of the net from Presbyterian's Kristen Peagler.  Just three minutes later, Peagler once again found the back of the net with a header goal to tie up the game, 2-2.

Although the Bucs were able to outshoot the Blue Hose 18-15, with 10 shots on goal versus PC's 7, they were unable to fight back in the physical match consisting of 19 fouls, 12 of which were called against CSU.

Offensive Force
Senior forward Anna Sells now shares the lead for most goals in the Big South conference with seven for the season.  Sells also leads the conference in game-winning goals with four and ranks third in the Big South for points, with 15 points so far this year.

Senior Day
On Saturday, Charleston Southern will recognize its eight senior student-athletes of the 2016 Women's Soccer season.  The following players will be honored:

-Nikki Schoning/ Defender/ Hilton Head Island, S.C.
-Kelsey Fitzhugh/ Midfielder/ Hilton Head Island, S.C.
-Erica Gazzani/ Midfielder/ Myrtle Beach, S.C.
-Jordan Haughton-James/ Defender/ Hilton Head Island, S.C.
-Chandler Wingreen/ Defender/ Yorktown, Va.
-Emily Moore/ Defender/ Kingston, Ga.
-Kayla Vollero/ Midfielder/ Lewisberry, Pa.
-Anna Sells/ Forward/ Greenville, N.C.

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