August 16, 2012

Bulldogs Open Season on the Road with Charleston Southern and Winthrop

Charleston Southern



Charleston, S.C. – The Citadel women's soccer team will kick off the 2012 campaign this weekend with a set of road games against Charleston Southern on Friday at 4 p.m. and Winthrop on Sunday at 7 p.m.

The Bulldogs will look to carry the momentum from the thrilling program-first win in last season's finale over crosstown foe College of Charleston.

Scouting the Opponents…

Charleston Southern
Overall record against the Buccaneers: 1-5-1
Last Meeting: CSU 2, The Citadel 1 (Sept. 17, 2011)

The Bulldogs are looking to avenge a 2-1 loss against the Bucs last season on Washington Light Infantry Field. Following a 30th minute goal by Vanessa Aponte, Charleston Southern scored two second half  goals to down The Citadel.

Overall record against the Eagles: 2-1-0
Last Meeting: The Citadel 2, Winthrop 1 (Aug. 25, 2011)

Mariana Garcia put a late game goal into the back of the net to lift the Bulldogs past the Eagles in the home opener last season. The game winner was Garcia's fifth of her career, moving her into first place all time in Citadel history. The junior collected three more game winners during the 2011 campaign, giving her nine on her career.

Chasing History…



1. Vanessa Aponte          8-3-19

2. Mariana Garcia             7-4-18

3. Nicole Levermann       3-0-6

4. Ruth Leiva                      1-3-5



Career Goals

1. Kelly Pesterfield          28

2. Amy Loughran              21

3. Lauren Merchant        18

4. Mariana Garcia           17

5. Julie Austin                    16

6. Vanessa Aponte          13


Career Assists

1. Nicole Martinoli           9

2. Lauren Merchant        9

3. Vanessa Aponte          8


Career Points

1. Kelly Pesterfield          58

2. Amy Loughran              49

3. Lauren Merchant        45

4. Mariana Garcia           39

5. Nicole Martinoli           27

6. Vanessa Aponte          34


Career Shots

1. Kelly Pesterfield          165

2. Vanessa Aponte          135

3. Lauren Merchant        128

4. Amy Loughran              126

5. Mariana Garcia           124


Career Gamewinners

1. Mariana Garcia           9             

2. Kelly Pesterfield          4

3. Vanessa Aponte          3

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