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Sept. 12, 2008
SPARTANBURG, S.C. - In the second game of the Carolinas Border Classic on Friday night, the USC Upstate women's soccer team suffered a 1-0 loss to Winthrop in the final two minutes of the game. Winthrop freshman, Chelsea Tidwell, broke the scoreless tie with two minutes remaining in the game to give the Eagles a 1-0 edge over the USC Upstate Spartans.
After watching the Gardner-Webb and Elon game that resulted in a 1-0 Elon victory, the Spartans and Eagles came out ready to battle for the nightcap game. Both teams had near-scoring opportunities throughout the first half but were unable to capitalize.
Winthrop's first-half close call came with 17 minutes remaining. The Eagles almost had a breakaway that would have resulted in a goal if Brittany Daughtry had not sprinted out of the box to kick the ball up the field.
As for the Spartans, they put together several crisp strings of passes throughout the game but were generally unable to follow through on the last past. They did display some talented maneuvers, but the leading passes were unable to find Upstate teammates.
"The final pass in the attack could have been a little more accurate to give us some better scoring opportunities," said Spartan head coach, Kendall Reyes. "I think that's the one area of the game that hurt us and we just want to get that final piece together."
The Spartans were outshot by the Eagles, 14-11. Brittany Daughtry posted six saves for the Spartans, but was unable to reach Tidwell's blast to the top left corner.
When asked about his team's play after the game, Reyes was at a loss for words. He finally stated, "I'm disappointed that we didn't get the result I felt we deserved. We're working extremely hard and doing so many things well to give ourselves a chance to win or even tie the game. We're talking about a difference of two minutes in this game, but the entire game is 90."
"I'm very proud of what we're putting on the field and we're not allowing anyone to come and walk over us," Reyes continued. "We're gaining respect from our opponents. As a coach, you can't ask for anything more, aside from a win. It's great to see a team this young want to win so badly."
Prior to Friday's game, the Spartans had not competed since their 1-0 lost at High Point on Aug. 31. The Carolinas Border Classic Tournament will continue on Sunday, Sept. 14. The match between Winthrop and Elon is set to begin at 2 p.m., followed by a 4:30 p.m. game between Gardner-Webb and USC Upstate.