CHARLESTON, S.C. - After suffering its first Big South loss of the season at High Point, Charleston Southern will look to return to the win column when the Buccaneers host Longwood on Saturday. Kickoff at the CSU Soccer Field is at 2 p.m.
The Bucs (4-6-2, 2-1-1 Big South) dropped a 1-0 overtime decision to the Panthers on Wednesday to drop into a tie for fourth in the Big South with Longwood. The Lancers (7-4-2 overall) are coming off a 2-2 tie with Campbell.
- CSU opened Big South play with wins over UNC Asheville and Presbyterian and a tie against Gardner-Webb.
- Longwood owns league victories over Winthrop and Presbyterian and also lost 1-0 to High Point.
- The Bucs and Lancers have seven points in the Big South standings, trailing tri-leaders Campbell, High Point and Liberty, which all have 10 points on the strength of 3-0-1 league records.
- The top eight teams at the end of the regular season make the Big South Tournament, with the top four hosting quarterfinal games.
- Longwood leads the all-time series 9-4 and has won five in a row, including a 1-0 victory in Farmville, Va., a year ago.
- CSU last defeated the Lancers in 2011, a 3-2 road victory.
Bucs to Watch
- The CSU defense continued its strong play despite losing to High Point. The Bucs have allowed only 14 goals in 12 games, tied for the third fewest in the Big South.
- A key to the solid back line has been a quintet that has rarely been off the field. Juniors Grace Clark, Taylor Francis and Emilie Gilbert along with freshmen Juliana Barbaccia and Chloe Sherry have been mainstays in front of the net this season.
- Clark and Francis have started all 48 games in their three-year careers. Gilbert and Barbaccia have started all 12 games this season while Sherry has started 11 times.
- Each has also played a role in the offensie attack, with Clark and Sherry combining for seven shots and three on goal and Clark contributing an assist against UNC Asheville.
- Jordan Newman has her second straight five-goal season and ranks fifth in the Big South in goals and points (12).
- Alyssa Dellacqua continues to lead the conference and ranks 23rd in the nation with 72 saves. She is also second in save percentage (.837) and third in goals against average (1.11).
Lancers to Watch
- Longwood enters the game ranked first in the Big South in goals against, having allowed only nine all season.
- Sheyenne Stretz and Emily Motherspaugh are Longwood's co-leaders in goals with three, with Stretz scoring in the 81st minute to produce Wednesday's tie against Campbell.
- Emilie Kupsov also scored against the Camels and has two goals and four assists (sixth in the Big South) for a team-leading eight points.
- Maria Kirby has been the top goalkeeper in the Big South, leading the league and ranking among the national leaders in shutouts (six, tied 19th nationally), save percentage (.855, 40th) and goals against average (0.66, 41st). She has played all 1,232 minutes for the Lancers this season.
The Bucs hit the road for their next two games, playing at Campbell on Wednesday and Liberty next Saturday. CSU is back home on October 18 for a contest against Winthrop.