ANDERSON, S.C. – After facing two tough opponents in nationally-ranked Rollins and regionally-ranked Lander, the Anderson University women’s soccer team opens up its South Atlantic Conference schedule on Saturday when it hosts Catawba College for a 1 p.m. kickoff. On Monday, the Trojans hit the road to archrival Erskine on a 7 p.m. start.
Entering Saturday’s match, senior goalkeeper Kaitlyn Neipp sits in third in the conference in saves (18) and fifth in save percentage (.857). The preseason all-conference selection has kept the Trojans alive throughout the season, as she recorded 13 saves in a heartbreaking 2-1 loss against Rollins. With her next shutout, she moves into the SAC history books for 10th all-time in shutouts with 17.
Senior Krystal Goss leads the team in shots with three, as freshman Corinne Doll leads the team with the only goal scored on the year. Goss was able to notch the assist on the goal, as the tally came on a corner kick against the Tars. For Doll, the goal was the first of her collegiate career.
Catawba enters Saturday’s matchup with a 1-2 overall record with losses to Belmont Abbey and Lees-McRae and a double-overtime win over UNC Pembroke sandwiched in the middle. Senior Amy Iwanicki carries the Indians’ lone goal on the season, the game-winner over UNCP. Sophomore Mary Kirkman leads the team in shots with nine on the young season.
Defensively, Catawba has started two different goalkeepers, as Angelica Pawlowski recorded the lone win, making eight saves against the Braves. Sophomore Bethany Davis could also see some time between the posts, as she played the full 90 minutes against Lees-McRae, making two stops.
The Indians are coached by Michael Swan who enters his fourth season after being the coach at King College and Virginia Intermont. With Catawba, Swan posts a 27-28-3 overall record.
The Flying Fleet
Pending a match with Lander on Saturday, Erskine has gotten off to a slow start to the season, falling to 0-2. The Fleet have dropped contests to Southern Wesleyan (3-1) and SAC member Brevard (2-1). Sophomore Jamie Morris has scored both goals this season.
In goal, Ashton Burgess has started both matches for the Fleet, totaling six saves for the year. Burgess is one of seven returners from a team last season that finished 3-12-1 overall. In the Conference Carolinas Preseason Poll, Erskine was projected to finish in eighth place, as Belmont Abbey was picked to win the conference.
Both Erskine and Catawba played a significant role in the 2012 season for Anderson, as Catawba knocked AU out of the postseason in the opening round of the SAC Tournament, while Erskine and the Trojans compete for the Beville Cup every year. Despite the tournament loss, AU picked up regular season wins against both Catawba and Erskine by a combined score of 5-0.
Since 2009, AU is a combined 5-3 against Catawba and Erskine (Catawba 2-2, Erskine 3-1), highlighted by a three-match winning streak of the Fleet. The last time the Fleet defeated AU was in 2009 when both schools were members of Conference Carolinas.