CLINTON, South Carolina – In what will be the penultimate appearance of the regular season with Martin Stadium as the backdrop, the Presbyterian College women’s soccer team returns to Clinton this weekend for an evening date with Winthrop who will serve concurrently with the 2022 edition of Senior Day. Before the match kicks off, PC will pay tribute to four special seniors who have contributed greatly to the program under the long-serving head coach Brian Purcell.
Sydni Dachs, Caroline Ospina, Megane Wilsonand Laurent Kori have formed a reliable quartet over the past four years with the PC program (five in the latter’s case), responsible for 19 wins since their freshman stints and several program firsts, including the most wins of the Deep South in a single season during the abbreviated Spring ’21 campaign.
Turning their attention to the Eagles after faltering in a spirited effort against a very deep Gardner-Webb unit in Boiling Springs on Wednesday, the Blue Hose will look to hold their own against a Winthrop team still looking for their first conference victory. The first contact at PC is scheduled for 7:00 p.m., broadcast by ESPN +.
WHEN: Saturday October 15
WHERE: Edens Field at Martin Stadium
TIME: 7:00 p.m.
RECORDS: Presbyterian (0-11-3, 0-5-1 Deep South) – Winthrop (3-6-2, 0-4-1 Deep South)
FIND THE OPPONENT:
After a 3-1 start to the half, the Eagles have either salvaged a tie or suffered an outright loss in their last seven appearances since a 7-0 loss to South Carolina State on Sept. 7. Four of those contests have seen Winthrop erased on the scoreboard, most recently taking a 3-1 loss to Gardner-Webb at Rock Hill before Wednesday’s scheduled game with High Point was pushed back due to the interference from Mother Nature.
As both teams attempt one final push ahead of the start of the Big South Tournament four-team group in early November, the Eagles will look to regain their early-season consistency, able to continually give themselves winning chances behind a defensive core that abandoned. more than a goal just four times in 11 matches. In total, Winthrop and PC have seen nine games between them decided by a single goal.
Last weekend’s loss to Gardner-Webb was one of those rare occasions when the Eagles let more than one boot slip past them, capable of scoring in the 49e minute (the seventh goal of the year for junior Annabel Thomas) but not before already falling behind 2-0 which slipped into an eventual 3-1 final. Thomas ranks second in the entire conference in total goals, as the Blue Hose just finished playing the league leader (and NCAA leader, for that matter) in that category just two years ago. days, successfully preventing GWU’s Maddie Turlington from improving. on the nation’s best 18-goal production.
While Turlington may have been knocked out of the picture, the Gardner-Webb offense was just too dynamic to remain silent as a whole for the full 90 minutes, capable of finishing a 2-1 victory over Presbyterian in the middle of the week. scoring two goals in the first 20 minutes of each half. On Wednesday, coach Purcell’s club battled the Runnin’ Bulldogs in volatile weather conditions, blow for blow against a side that are just one win away from claiming top spot in the league standings.
Real Freshman Lindsey Malyszek offered his first career goal with less than a minute before the first half, receiving an assist from another rookie Abby Ferris which tied the contest together in the final moments of the opening stanza.
Series history hasn’t necessarily been too kind to the Blue Hose in their meetings with the Eagles, beating Winthrop in the delayed 2020 campaign by a 3-1 margin before losing a 2-1 outing. last fall on an 89e minute equalizer that prevented overtime at Rock Hill.
Dachs and Wilson have played near-permanent roles in Blue Hose’s backline since their respective freshman seasons, making a total of 75 starts since the fall of 2019. Dachs, a Johns Creek, Georgia native and honorable mention member of All Leagues 2020, has been on the pitch for over 2,500 minutes since signing with Presbyterian, scoring a pair of goals each in his first two seasons while also bagging two assists, the second earlier this year against Davidson. A product of Frederick, Maryland, Wilson logged more than 3,600 minutes as a defenseman in four years, starting a double-digit number of competitions nearly every season wearing blue-and-white.
Sadly forced to sit out due to injury for the past two years, Ospina was nonetheless an outstanding offensive player in the 1,600 minutes she spent on the court. Score twice out of eight shot attempts as a true freshman – one of them serving as the game-winner in the 95e overtime minute against Charleston Southern – the native of Norcross, Georgia, had seven shots on goal in 25 career starts.
One of the most electrifying offensive weapons in Presbyterian Division I history, Lawrence ranks high on school records, ranking among the top PCs in nearly every offensive category. Rank 2n/a in strokes (114), 3rd in points (34, one away from the tie for 2n/a), and placing 4e in total goals (13, one in 3rd-place tie), the Benson, NC product has undoubtedly left its mark on the program since its first season five years ago. Lawrence was a member of the Big South All-Freshman roster in 2018, a member of the conference All-Tournament team in 2019, and a second-team All-Big South recipient on the shortened Spring 21 trip.
HOW TO WATCH / FOLLOW:
Saturday’s important game with Winthrop will be streamed live via ESPN+. A link to live video and stats can be found below, as well as at the top of this page.
PC vs. Winthrop Live Video – https://www.espn.com/watch/player/_/id/83f4c23f-2470-4092-b35c-04646264a177
Live Stats PC vs. Winthrop – http://stats.statbroadcast.com/broadcast/?id=412751