CHARLESTON, S.C. - The Charleston Southern women's soccer team enters the Big South Tournament as the number six seed and will face third-seeded Longwood in a quarterfinal game Friday at 7 in Farmville, Va.
The Bucs finished the regular season with a 3-5-1 record in the Big South for 10 points while the Lancers earned the third spot on the strength of their 6-1-2 record and 20 points. Both teams are seeking their first Big South Tournament title.
The winners of the four quarterfinal games will convene in Greensboro, N.C., November 3 and 5 for the semifinals and championship game. The tournament winner receives an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. Liberty is the defending champion, defeating High Point in the finals last fall.
All quarterfinal and semifinal games can be seen on the Big South Network, and the championship game will be shown on ESPN3.
#6 CSU at #3 Longwood (Friday at 7)
#5 Radford at #4 Campbell (Saturday at 7)
#7 Gardner-Webb at #2 Liberty (Friday at 5:30)
#8 Winthrop at #1 High Point (Friday at 7)
Semifinals (November 3 at Bryan Park in Greensboro, N.C.)
Radford/Campbell winner vs. Winthrop/High Point winner (4:00)
CSU/Longwood winner vs. Gardner-Webb/Liberty winner (7:00)
Championship (November 5 at Bryan Park in Greensboro, N.C.)
Semifinal winners (2:00)
- This is the first time that CSU and Longwood are meeting in the Big South Tournament.
- The Lancers won the regular season meeting by a score of 1-0 in Charleston on October 7.
- Longwood's Janese Quick scored the only goal of the game on a free kick in the 63rd minute.
- Alyssa Dellacqua had five saves for the Bucs, and Maria Kirby made six saves for the Lancers.
- The Bucs rely on their strong defensive unit that has limited opponents to only 22 goals in 17 games, tied for the fourth fewest in the Big South.
- CSU surrendered only 11 goals in nine conference games, with five of those coming in one contest against Campbell.
- The five main defenders on the Bucs are rarely off the field. In 1601 total minutes this season, juniors Taylor Francis (1590), Emilie Gilbert (1548), Grace Clark (1512) and freshman Juliana Barbaccia (1473) are all averaging over 80 minutes per game while freshman Chloe Sherry (1403) is close behind.
- Dellacqua enters postseason play ranked second in the Big South with 91 saves and fifth in school history with 204. She also has a goals against average of 1.24 and an .805 save percentage.
- Jordan Newman leads the Bucs with five goals and 12 points and is tied with Sidney Doherty for the top spot with two assists.
- Doherty (31), Jazzin Clark (28), Newman (27) and Peyton Motley (23) lead CSU in shots. Doherty is first with 17 shots on goal.
- The Lancers are 11-4-3 overall and briefly took over first place in the Big South with a 3-0 win over Liberty in their next-to-last game.
- Longwood is coming off a 1-1 tie with Gardner-Webb in its regular season finale that dropped the Lancers to third.
- Longwood has allowed only 11 goals this season including just five in nine Big South contests.
- Kirby has played all 1702 minutes and leads the conference in goals against average (0.58), save percentage (.878) and shutouts (9) while ranking third with 79 saves.
- Emilie Kupsov is Longwood's leading scorer with six goals and four assists for 16 points. Sheyenne Stretz has four goals, and Quick has a team-high three assists.