Soccer Preview: CSU remains on the road in Saturday matchup against Longwood

Soccer Preview: CSU remains on the road in Saturday matchup against Longwood

Soccer Match Notes - vs. Longwood University

CHARLESTON, S.C. - Charleston Southern travels to Longwood University as the Buccaneers face the Lancers at Longwood's Athletic Complex on Saturday afternoon.  Kickoff is set for 2 p.m. and fans can follow the action on the Big South Network or via Live Stats on and in-game updates on Twitter: @CSUGameDay.

Scouting the Opposition
Longwood enters Saturday's matchup with a 6-9-1 overall record and a 3-3-1 conference record on the season.  The Lancers are coming off their 1-0 loss against Campbell on Wednesday night.  Longwood has recorded non-conference wins against Duquesne and UMBC.  In addition, the Lancers have defeated Gardner-Webb, Winthrop and UNC Asheville in conference play.  Longwood's offense has been led by Amanda Spencer.  The senior midfielder/forward has recorded two assists and four goals for the season.  In addition, Spencer is ranked 9th in the Big South in shots with 37.  Junior midfielder Janese Quick follows Spencer with three goals recorded this season.

Junior goalkeeper Maria Kirby leads the Lancer defense with 81 saves for the season for a save percentage of .835.  Kirby also leads the Big South in saves and is ranked 3rd in the conference with a 1.074 goals against average.

Last Time Between CSU and Longwood * October 17, 2015
Charleston Southern' home winning streak ended at four matches as the Buccaneers fell to visiting Longwood on Saturday afternoon in Big South Conference play, 2-0.  Amanda Spencer scored both goals for the Lancers in the match as CSU struggled to find momentum in their third contest over the last four games.  Charleston Southern nearly jumped out ahead of the Lancers early as Sidney Doherty had a breakaway opportunity against Kirby in the 17th minute. Catching Kirby out in the top of the box, Doherty lifted the ball over her head and bounced it toward the goal, but the shot deflected off the right post and the Lancers' defense cleared it to keep the Bucs off the board.

Jazmin Gonzalez recorded seven saves in goal for the Bucs in the loss, while Longwood's Maria Kirby stopped all nine CSU shots on goal in recording her sixth shutout of the season.

Recapping CSU's Last Game
Kelsey Fitzhugh recorded her first collegiate goal and put an end to Charleston Southern's four-game losing streak, contributing CSU's lone point in a 1-1 tie with Winthrop on Thursday night at Eagle Field.  Fitzhugh's first collegiate goal was also the first goal of the match.  Unassisted, the Hilton Head, S.C. native found the back of the net in the 27th minute with a shot from 10 yards out.  The go-ahead goal was packed with significance for the senior midfielder, who has spent most of her collegiate career fighting through multiple injuries.  The Buccaneers (6-8-1, 2-4-1) failed to capture momentum from the point and were only able to execute half the number of shots put up by Winthrop (3-11-1, 0-6-1), with the Eagles outshooting CSU, 14-7.

Junior goalkeeper Liz Amanda Brown recorded six saves for the match and saw 14 shots from Winthrop's offense, including 10 in the second period and one shot in the first overtime period.

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