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Sept. 1, 2007
Spartanburg, S.C. - USC Upstate women's soccer kicked off the beginning of a new era with their first game as a member of NCAA Division I in grand style Saturday night by scoring five times including three times in the second half to defeat South Carolina State, 5-1, at County University Soccer Stadium.
Upstate goes to 1-0 on the season while South Carolina State falls to 0-1.
The game was scoreless for the first 40 minutes until Spartan freshman midfielder Catherine Nolff scored in the 43rd minute on a header off a corner kick by sophomore Carmen Osorio for a 1-0 lead. Just one minute later, Upstate found the back of the net again with sophomore forward Melissa Kuhar knocking one home to increase the lead to 2-0.
The Bulldogs fought back in the 45th minute when forward Janine Francois scored when she recovered a loose ball in the box to cut the lead to 2-1 at halftime.
In the second half, the Spartans picked up where they left off in the 50th minute with junior forward Nicole Trawick depositing a pass from Kuhar into the net for a 3-1 lead. Upstate put the game away with a pair of unassisted goals from Nolff in the 76th minute, her second of the night, and freshman forward Charlise Cunningham in the 82nd minute.
The Spartans outshot South Carolina State, 23-9, with Nolff leading the way with two goals. Kuhar finished with a goal and an assist, Osorio had two assists and sophomore defender Liz Pontillo also had an assist. Junior goalkeeper Samatha Spradley made three saves.
Goalkeeper Bridget Mack made six saves for the Bulldogs.
Upstate travels to Furman on Thursday for a 7 p.m. non-conference match.