Senior Bryan Spiewak
FORT MYERS, Fla. - The FGCU men's soccer team looks to finish the Atlantic Sun regular season with two victories when it heads to the Carolina's to take the field against two A-Sun Conference foes.
FGCU (6-8-1, 2-4-1 A-Sun) will meet USC Upstate (3-11-0, 3-4 A-Sun) on Friday, Oct. 26, at 7 p.m. and squares off against Gardner-Webb (2-12-1, 2-5 A-Sun) on Sunday, Oct. 28, at 1 p.m.
This Week in FGCU Men’s Soccer
FGCU at USC Upstate - Friday, Oct. 26 at 7 p.m.
FGCU at Gardner-Webb - Sunday, Oct. 28 at 1 p.m. Scouting USC Upstate:
USC Upstate has called on different people to help put the ball into the back of the net this season. Upstate has scored 14 goals and dished out 13 assists this season for 41 total points. Twelve different Spartans have recorded at least one point this year with eight scoring at least one goal.
Carter Ridgeway leads the team in scoring with seven points on three goals and an assist. Jack Burridge and Troy Simon are tied for second on the team with six points. Chad McCoy, with five points, leads the Spartans with three assists on the year, while Ridgeway and Burridge are tied for the team lead in goals with three apiece. Three different players have notched the game-winning goals for Upstate this year (Ridgeway, Simon and Landon Fruge’).
Since moving into County University Soccer Stadium, the Upstate men’s soccer program has been tough to beat. Actually, since the inception of the program in 1980, the Spartans have been stout on the Spartanburg campus.
Upstate is an impressive 54-11-3 at the friendly confines of County University Soccer Stadium for a winning percentage of .816. Overall, Upstate is 222-44-13 at home for an .819 winning percentage in Spartanburg.
Upstate played its first season in the quad behind the Administrative Building prior to moving to historic Rifle Field in 1981. The Spartans (then, the Rifles) tallied a 162-30-10 record for an .802 winning percentage at Rifle Field. Scouting GWU:
The Bulldogs gain their first road win of the season Saturday night at Mercer. The Bulldogs beat the Bears, 1-0. Jordan Gaines scored the lone goal for the Bulldogs, and their defense did the rest. The Bulldogs go to 2-12-1 for the season, and 2-5 in the A-Sun.
Defense controlled the first half of play for both teams. The two teams combined for 11 shots total, only two of them were on frame. Mercer tried pushing the ball up the field, but Gardner-Webb’s back line caught the Bears with five offsides penalties in the first half.
Gardner-Webb’s T.J. Fox had two saves in the first half to keep the Bears scoreless heading into halftime. Gardner-Webb took five shots in the first half, none of which were on goal. The Bulldogs and Bears went into halftime tied 0-0.
The Bulldogs intensity went up in the second half as they came out looking for their first road win of the season. Zach Burkett pushed the ball up the wing and sent a cross into the box. After a touch by Bradley Morrison, Jordan Gaines one-timed the ball into the back of the net. Gaines’ second goal of the season put the Bulldogs on top 1-0. Both Burkett and Morrison were credited with an assist on the play.
The rest of the match was controlled by Gardner-Webb’s defense. The Bulldogs’ defense only allowed one shot on goal after Gaines’ goal. With the defense playing well and Fox stopping all of Mercer’s shots on frame, the Bulldogs went on the win the game 1-0. The win gave the Bulldogs their first road win of the season and takes them to 2-5 in the A-Sun.
Last Week’s Results
Lipscomb def. FGCU, 2-0 on Oct. 19 in Fort Myers, Fla.
Belmont def. FGCU, 1-0 on Oct. 21 in Naples, Fla.