Site: Spartanburg, S.C. (County University Soccer Stadium)
Score: High Point 5, USC Upstate 2
Records: High Point (4-6-2) 4-1), USC Upstate (4-6-1) (2-3)
SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The High Point University women’s soccer team picked up its fourth straight Big South win with a 5-2 victory over USC Upstate on Wednesday (October 6th). Two Panthers recorded braces in the win in Emily Mashinski and Magdalena Schwarz. Salomé Prat scored the fifth goal of the contest in the 5-2 win.
Brandi Fontaine: Really proud of this team for battling the weather conditions and coming home with another three points. Our execution in the final third is getting better and better as we progress through conference play and it’s truly amazing to see. To have three goal scorers and multiple people delivering some quality assists is truly special. The confidence of this group continues to keep on rising and that will be extremely important as we still have some tough matches ahead of us in conference play.
HPU wasted no time in getting the action started, the Panthers struck first as Mashinski scored her fourth goal in five games as she put her Panthers up 1-0 in the second minute. She was assisted by Skyler Prillaman.
Schwarz added to the Panther lead as she quickly gave High Point a two-goal lead in the 14th minute.
The Spartans were able to answer as the action-packed first half provided more drama as USC Upstate made it a one-goal game in the 15th minute.
The duo of Mashinski and Prillaman would connect again in the 19th minute as the freshman recorded the first brace of her young career. It was the second game in a row where she has provided a goal. The freshman now has four goals on the season. Mashinski’s goal swung the momentum back into the favor of the Purple & White renewing the Panther two-goal lead.
High Point took a 3-1 lead into halftime in Spartanburg.
The fourth goal for HPU came in the 74th minute as the freshman Ashley Rainho continues to impact games as she assisted Prat who scored to give HPU a three-goal advantage and pushed the score to 4-1.
Schwarz joined Mashinski as a multi-goal scorer on Wednesday night as she acquired her second of the evening in the 82nd minute. This marked Schwarz’s first multi-goal game of the season and Schwarz’s second all-time as a Panther. Her previous Panther brace came against Campbell last season in the Big South Championship game.
Prat scored the fifth goal of the night before USC Upstate added one more in the 86th minute to make it 5-2. The match was ended early in the 86th minute due to rain giving, HPU its’ fourth straight Big South win.
The Panthers will enjoy a week-long break as HPU won’t be in action again until Wednesday, October 13th against Radford.