CHARLESTON, S.C. - The Charleston Southern women's soccer team opens the second half of its Big South schedule on Saturday when the Buccaneers visit Gardner-Webb for a 7 p.m. contest.
The Bucs (5-3-2, 2-2-1 Big South) and Runnin' Bulldogs (5-4-3, 2-1-1) are tied for seventh in the conference standings with seven points. Campbell leads the way with 10 points, followed by Radford, Winthrop and USC Upstate (9) and Longwood and High Point (8).
The Bucs are looking to bounce back from a 2-1 loss to Campbell on Wednesday, avoiding the shutout on a penalty kick goal by Sidney Doherty with just 15 seconds remaining. Gardner-Webb played to a 1-1 draw with UNC Ashevillle in its last outing, taking a quick lead on a goal by Jada Newton just nine minutes into the game but unable to score the rest of the way.
Doherty's goal against the Camels was her second of the year, tying her with Kayla Robinson and Riley Rumbley for the team lead. Nine different Bucs have accounted for the team's 12 goals. Doherty also has a team-best two assists.
Jazmin Gonzalez, who has started seven times this year, continues to rank among the top goalkeepers in the Big South, ranking second in the league in saves per game (7.57), save percentage (.855) and goals against average (1.21). Fellow senior Alyssa Dellacqua has started three games and is 2-0-1 with 15 saves to give her 242 in her career, moving within 11 of passing Pam Ramler for fourth in school history.
Defenders Grace Clark and Emilie Gilbert continue to be stalwarts for the Buc backline, having been on the field for all 967 minutes this season. Taylor Francis (882) and Juliana Barbaccia (839) also log the majority of minutes for the CSU defense.
Newton leads Gardner-Webb and ranks third in the Big South with seven goals and 14 points. Stina Kleppe has four goals and is tied with Maddie Turlington for the top spot in the conference with five assists. Keely Brown has started all 12 games in goal and stands third in the Big South in goals against average at 1.32.
CSU holds a 7-5-2 lead in the all-time series, and the teams played to a 1-1 tie last season in Charleston. The Runnin' Bullldogs took a 2-0 victory in the last meeting in Boiling Springs, N.C., in 2016.