Wofford 2, USC Upstate 0
SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Emily Bougas and Maureen Buff each scored a goal and recorded an assist to lead Wofford past the Spartans of USC Upstate, 2-0, Thursday night.
The Terriers improved to 5-2-0 as they get set to begin conference play next week. The Spartans dropped their seventh straight and fall to 1-7-0 for the year.
Bougas and Buff first combined in the 32nd minute to give Wofford a 1-0 lead. Buff played a through ball to Bougas, who was able to beat Spartan goalkeeper Sarah Plantz one-on-one from 10 yards. It was Bougas’ third goal and Buff’s fourth assist of the year.
Buff has recorded a goal or an assist in five of seven games this season.
Wofford dominated the first half, outshooting USC Upstate 9-0 and creating several quality scoring chances.
The second half was much of the same as the Terriers continued to control possession and repeatedly tested Plantz. After many good chances, Wofford would double its lead in the 76th minute when Bougas and Buff would combine again. This time, however, Bougas played a ball across the top of the box to Buff, who held off a defender before firing a shot past Plantz into the bottom left corner of the net.
It was Bougas’ first assist and Buff’s first goal since scoring in the season opener.
In the game, the Terriers held a dominant edge in shots (21-2) and corners taken (7-0).
With the help of the Terrier defense, Kara Boggs earned her first shutout of the season and improved to 3-1-0 overall. Boggs recorded two saves on two shots. Sarah Plantz took the loss for the Spartans and fell to 1-7-0 on the season. Plantz faced 21 shots and made six saves.
The Terriers return to the pitch on Sept. 21 at the College of Charleston to open Southern Conference play. The match is set to kick off at 6 p.m.
Davidson 1, Charlotte 0
DAVIDSON, N.C. – Sophomore Becca Fisher got into the scoring column for the first time in the 2012 campaign with a game-winning header in the second half, sending Davidson to a 1-0 win over cross-county rival Charlotte on Thursday evening at Transamerica Field in women’s soccer.
Davidson (2-3-2) pushed its unbeaten streak to three games, while halting Charlotte’s (4-3-1) own three-game unbeaten streak. It was the ‘Cats first win over the 49ers since a 3-0 triumph in 2006.
Davidson came out pressing the 49ers’ defense to start the second half, much like it did at the end of the first half, and it paid dividends, thanks to Fisher.
Fisher, the Southern Conference Freshman of the Year and the ‘Cats leading scorer a year ago, showed off her offensive skills in the second half when she hooked up with Rachael Newmister at the 52:52 mark. Newmister sent a cross from the far side of the field after battling back-and-forth with a Charlotte defender. The ball went into the six-yard box, where Fisher raised up and headed in her first strike of the season, placing the ball to the top left corner for a 1-0 advantage.
The Wildcat defense of Julie Calhoun, Louise Timboe, Meg Sanborn and Rachel Stelter took care of the rest, smothering the 49ers’ attack all evening.
Rachel Locke earned her second shutout in a row, finishing with five saves. Charlotte’s Alex Kubrick had six saves.
The first half was played to a 0-0 tie after both teams traded possession of the ball throughout the 45 minutes. Charlotte had a pair of corners, but Davidson’s defense did a solid job of halting the two set plays. The 49ers finished with six corners for the game.
The ‘Cats stay on the road and travel to William & Mary for a Sunday contest against the Tribe at 2 p.m.