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Late Upstate Rally Falls Short Against North Florida

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Upstate freshman midfielder Alyssa Roegner scored her first career goal against North Florida Sunday afternoon.

Upstate freshman midfielder Alyssa Roegner scored her first career goal against North Florida Sunday afternoon.

Sept. 30, 2007

Final Stats

SPARTANBURG, S.C. - USC Upstate rallied twice in the second half from two goal deficits to cut the difference to one goal, but the Spartans came up on the short end, falling 3-2 to North Florida in an Atlantic Sun Conference game Sunday afternoon at County University Soccer Stadium.

Upstate falls to 2-6-0 on the season, 0-2-0 in A-Sun play, while North Florida improves to 3-6-1, 2-0-0 in conference.

The Spartans trailed 2-0 when the second half began, but cut into the Ospreys' lead in the 63rd minute when Upstate sophomore midfielder Carmen Osorio hit a cross to the left side that freshman defender Meg Korpita took and deposited it into the upper right corner of the goal just inside the post to cut the lead to 2-1.

North Florida answered in the 76th minute as forward Katelin Swift beat Spartan sophomore goalkeeper Brittany Daughtry a ball in the box and scored into an open net to reclaim a two-goal lead at 3-1.

Upstate refused to quit, and broke through for another goal in the 88th minute when freshman midfielder Alyssa Roegner took a cross from freshman midfielder Catherine Nolff and her shot deflected off the left post into the goal to cut the lead to 3-2. The Spartans tried to tie the game in the closing minutes, but North Florida held on as time expired.

The Ospreys scored two goals in the first half with defender Jessica Jowers scoring in the eighth minute on a corner kick from the left side that bent just inside the right post and midfielder Kady Deering scored in the 20th minute on a turnover in the box from 12 yards out.

Roegner and Korpita's goals were the first of their careers at Upstate and Nolff and Osorio each had an assist. Daughtry made seven saves and falls to 1-2-0 in goal this season.

All three goals by North Florida were unassisted and goalkeeper Rachael Howard made four saves and moves her record in goal to 2-4-1 this season.

This was the first meeting between the two teams since 2004 when they were members of the NCAA Division II's Peach Belt Conference.

Upstate will travel to Lipscomb Friday for an 8 p.m. ET game.

 
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