CHARLESTON, S.C. - Following two weeks of preparation, the Charleston Southern soccer team opens its 2017 season this weekend with road games against Jacksonville and North Florida in Jacksonville, Fla.
The Buccaneers face the Dolphins on Friday at 7 p.m. and wrap up their road trip with an 11 a.m. contest on Sunday against the Ospreys. This marks the second straight season that CSU will take on this pair of regional rivals.
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Terrill a Mainstay on CSU Sideline
When the Bucs kick off at Jacksonville, it will mark the beginning of Eric Terrill's 23rd season as the head coach at CSU. Terrill is the longest tenured coach in Big South women's soccer history, having served one year longer than Radford's Ben Sohrabi. Terrill also ranks second behind only Sohrabi in overall wins (167) and conference victories (68).
The Bucs hold a 3-1 lead over Jacksonville and have won both of the previous matchups against North Florida. CSU will look for back-to-back wins over both teams after recording a 2-0 win over the Dolphins and blanking the Ospreys 3-0 last year in Charleston.
Anna Sells scored both goals, Lydia Frierson and Erica Gazzani added assists and Liz Amanda Brown made five saves in the win over Jacksonville. Sells, Gazzani and Jordan Newman notched goals to back Brown's second straight shutout in downing North Florida.
CSU will be opening the season on the road for the seventh consecutive year. The Bucs are 3-3-1 in those contests, including a 2-0 loss at Elon in 2016. The last time CSU began its season at home came in 2009 when the Bucs defeated Georgia Southern.
By the Numbers
113 - Career saves for Alyssa Dellacqua, ranking the junior goalkeeper ninth in CSU history. In 11 starts as a freshman in 2015, she made 82 saves, recorded a goals against average of 1.36 and had three shutouts. Dellacqua started five times with 31 saves and a shutout a year ago.
5 - Number of schools from the state of Florida whom the Bucs have played in program history. In addition to the series against Jacksonville and North Florida, CSU has a 4-4 record against Stetson and split a pair of games against both Florida Atlantic and Florida International.
Following their Florida road trip, the Bucs play their home opener on August 24 when South Carolina State visits Charleston in the first of four straight games against Palmetto State rivals.