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Oct. 28, 2009
SPARTANBURG, S.C. - In the 2009 campaign, eight different Spartans put their name in the USC Upstate women's soccer record books. Leading the record breaking charge for the Spartans was junior defender Catherine Nolff.
With her start against Navy (8/21), she became the all-time D-I era leader for games played (38) and games started (37). The Irmo, S.C., native finished the season with 56 career appearances and 55 starts. Nolff also ranks fifth for career starts and sixth in games played since the women's soccer program was started in 2000.
Joining Nolff in the games played and games started categories are fellow juniors Alyssa Roegner and Leigh Ward. Roegner and Ward sit two and three in games played with 55 and 47, respectively. Also, Roegner is all alone in second in starts with 40, while Ward is ninth with 21.
Nolff and Roegner also find their names in other career statistical categories. Roegner, a native of Shelby Township, Mich., is tied for first with five career goals and is tied for third with three career assists. She also ranks first for career shots on goal with 21, while ranking second with 34 career shots and third with 13 career points. Meanwhile, Nolff is tied for third with Roegner with 13 career points. She is tied for third with 27 career shots, while sitting tied for fourth with 14 career shots on-goal.
For the second consecutive season, Upstate participated in the Border Classic hosted by Gardner-Webb University. In the event, the Spartans faced the South Carolina State Bulldogs (9/11) and the UT-Chattanooga Mocs (9/13). Both Catherine Nolff and Alyssa Roegner were named to the All-Tournament team as they combined to score early in the match against the Bulldogs.
Brittany Daughtry tied a single-game record for the Spartans in her first start of 2009. The Smithfield, N.C., native posted 14 saves at Furman (8/24). She was the fourth Spartan keeper to accomplish that feat and the second since Upstate made the jump to Division I play.
However, an injury forced the senior keeper to the sidelines for the remaining of the non-conference as well as the early portion of the conference season. Sian Jenkins filled in for Daughtry between the pipes. Jenkins set an Upstate freshman record with nine saves at Charleston Southern (9/1).
The Essex, England product continued to serve as the Spartans final line of defense for the next six matches. In the non-conference finale with Coastal Carolina (9/21), Jenkins was injured early in the second half. With Daughtry still unable to participate, head coach Kendall Reyes had to get creative. For the remainder of the match, he put Catherine Nolff in goal. Nolff recorded two saves in the final 43:46 against the Chanticleers.
In the home conference opener, Reyes had to again look to his bench as both of his natural goal keepers were unable to play. This time he opted to use Oleva Durant in goal and allow Catherine Nolff to play her natural position of defender. In the match with the Jacksonville Dolphins, DuRant recorded two saves.
The match with Jacksonville (9/25) was made interesting by a pair of late goals by the Spartans. Trailing 4-1 with less than two minutes remaining, the Spartans scored two goals in the 89th-minute to cut the deficit to 4-3 with 1:16 remaining. However, they could not get into scoring position as they fell 4-3.
Sian Jenkins returned for the next match with North Florida (9/27) and Brittany Daughtry returned to the field on Oct. 2 at Lipscomb. Daughtry would start the remainder of the matches for the Spartans in 2009.
Daughtry recorded 74 saves on the season, while Sian Jenkins tallied 50 in 2009. Those totals place Daughtry third in season saves and Jenkins fourth. Daughtry finished her Upstate career with 236 saves, the third most in school history.
Juniors Daphnee Cadet and Aveann Douglas as well as freshman Dana Hillmann finished the 2009 season ranked second, fourth and fifth respectively in total shots (D-I era). Cadet finished the season with 24 shots, while Douglas totaled 21 and Hillmann had 19.
Cadet also finished the season with 15 shots on-goal, tying her for the most in the D-I era. She is tied with Melissa Kuhar who posted 15 in 2007. Cadet also scored three goals on the season, tying her for the fourth-most in a season (D-I era). The junior led the 2009 team in shots, shots on-goal, points (7) and goals.
Upstate, who will lose just one senior from the 2009 squad, will look to turn the corner in 2010 as the team enters its fourth season in Division I play.