Trojans Move to 4-0 with 3-1 Win Over CatawbaSeptember 14, 2013
ANDERSON, S.C. – After going into halftime scoreless, the Anderson University men’s soccer team came alive in the final half, as the Trojans netted three goals en route to a 3-1 win over Catawba for their first South Atlantic Conference and fourth overall victory of the season Saturday afternoon at Trojan Stadium.
With the victory, Anderson moves to 4-0 on the year and 1-0 in SAC play, matching its best start since the 2009 season when the team started the year 5-0. AU also continues its dominance over Catawba since joining the SAC, moving to 3-0-1 against the Indians.
After the teams combined for just five shots on goal in the first half, sophomore Henrique Gazzi found an opening against the backline and fired a shot off a Benoit Torres cross for the match’s first goal coming in the 48th minute. For Gazzi, the goal was his second of the season.
The goals continued in the half as freshman Aaron Roberson collected a bad touch from the Catawba defender and traveled down the sideline 20 yards before striking a shot past Catawba Indian goalkeeper Frankie Cardelle. For the day, Roberson led the team in shots on goal with two after coming off the bench. The goal was Roberson’s second tally of the young season.
The Trojans got their third goal of the afternoon when the ball bounced around in the Catawba box, eventually finding the feet of Andre Carle who netted his team-leading fourth goal of the season.
Catawba recorded a late goal in the 85th minute on a penalty kick, but the tally was not enough as Anderson closed out the match and captured the 3-1 win. In the victory, freshman goalkeeper Bo Haug recorded his third win of the season, making five key stops for the match. The backline allowed 14 shots, but forced Catawba to just six shots on goal.
“We had some strong performances today from Henrique Gazzi and Benoit Torres,” head coach John Murphy said. “Once we get to terms with our high tempo offense and playing together as a unit, it’s going to be a lot of fun to watch. In the meantime, we have some growing pains but I see a lot of positives.”
Anderson returns to its non-conference slate, as the Trojans head to the Sunshine State on Tuesday when they face-off with Flagler. Kickoff from St. Augustine is set for 4 p.m.