Team Effort Lifts Blue Hose Over Charleston Southern, 2-1
CLINTON, S.C. – A 79th minute goal from Sara Simpson (Columbia, S.C.) and four saves lifted the Presbyterian College women’s soccer team over visiting Charleston Southern for a Big South Conference victory, 2-1.
Charleston Southern (5-8-1, 3-4-0 Big South) outshot PC (2-12-0, 2-5-0 Big South), by a 16-14 tally and scored a tying goal in the final second of the first half, but the Blue Hose fired 10 shots on goal to the Buccaneers’ five en route to the win.
PC goalkeeper Jordan Broadway (Chapin, S.C.) made four saves on the night. Charleston Southern’s Caitlin Cody stopped eight PC shots.
Catie Smith (Greenville, S.C.) opened the scoring in the 19th minute for the Blue Hose. Emily Boggus (Conyers, Ga.) crossed in a ball for Tori Lopez (Snellville, Ga.), who volleyed a shot from in close that Cody stopped. Smith picked up the rebound, however, and stuffed it high to give the Blue Hose the early edge.
Charleston Southern answered with less than a second before halftime. Tori Wright played a long ball to Rebecca Hollstegge in the box and the Buccaneer poked home a goal with three-tenths of a second left on the clock, sending the teams into halftime tied, 1-1.
The Blue Hose defense channeled the Buccaneers’ shots away from Broadway in the second half as the junior goalkeeper made one save without allowing a goal in the second frame.
The defense would help to create the game-winning play, as well. Sophie Cobb (Columbia, S.C.) served a ball to the top of the box to a running Simpson, who deftly deflected the falling ball past Cody into the net to give PC a lead it kept for the win.
Smith and Lopez led the team with three shots each, while Brittany Whitson (Conyers, Ga.) added two shots on goal and played all 90 minutes on the back line. Charleston Southern's Tony Lashley and Rebecca Hollstegge took four shots each on the night.
Thursday’s win marks PC’s first over Charleston Southern in the last three meetings since a 1-0 home victory in 2008.
PC next heads to Coastal Carolina for a 10 a.m. match on Saturday against the Chanticleers.