Bucs and Eagles set for key Big South contest as teams begin jostling for playoff position

Bucs and Eagles set for key Big South contest as teams begin jostling for playoff position

CHARLESTON, S.C. - In a contest that will go a long way in determining home field advantage in the Big South quarterfinals, the Charleston Southern women's soccer team heads to Rock Hill for a 6 p.m contest on Wednesday against Winthrop.

The Buccaneers have won two in a row and are 7-4-1 overall and 3-3-1 in the Big South. CSU has 10 points in the conference standings and is tied with Campbell for sixth, one point behind High Point and two shy of fourth-place Winthrop. The Eagles are 8-6-1 and 4-4 in the Big South.

Radford enters the week atop the league with 18 points followed by Gardner-Webb (16), Longwood (14). The top four teams at the conclusion of the regular season will host quarterfinal games the weekend of October 26-28.

The Bucs won both their games last week, blanking defending Big South champion High Point and downing South Carolina State. Danielle Maggio scored in both games for her first two career goals including the game winner in the 73rd minute. Jazmin Gonzalez picked up her third shutout of the season in the win over the Panthers.

Gonzalez has been steady in goal for CSU in her nine starts, ranking second in the conference in goals against average (1.06) and save percentage (.859) and third in saves per game (6.78). 

Sidney Doherty scored the opening goal against the Bulldogs to tie her with Riley Rumbley for the team lead with three. Doherty also has team bests with three assists, nine points and 29 shots. Grace Clark has played all 1,237 minutes as the anchor of the CSU defense and added an assist on Maggio's game-winning goal against S.C. State.

Winthrop opened Big South play with three wins before dropping four of its last five including a 2-1 loss at UNC Asheville on Monday. Allie Thomas leads the Eagles with five goals and 13 points, and Keeley Leising, Katie Colwick and Gabi Hull each have three goals. Kelly Horan has started all 15 games in goal and has a 1.58 goals against average, .753 save percentage and 4.78 saves per game.

Both teams have won six times and there have been five ties in the all-time series. The Bucs are 3-1-1 against the Eagles over the past five years.

The Bucs return home on Saturday for Senior Day against Hampton beginning at 1 p.m.




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