Men's Soccer Readies for North Georgia on WednesdayOctober 1, 2013
ANDERSON, S.C. – Breaking a winless three-match skid with a win over Mars Hill on Saturday, Anderson University men’s soccer returns to its non-conference schedule, as the Trojans head to North Georgia for a non-conference matchup on Wednesday for a 7 p.m. kickoff.
Redshirt sophomore Andre Carle’s 68th minute goal proved to be the game-winner as the Trojans defeated MHU 1-0 for their second South Atlantic Conference victory of the season on Saturday. Carle continues to lead the Trojan offense, pacing the team with six goals and an assist to go along with 27 shots on the year. Carle’s six goals currently ranks him in a tie for second place in the conference, one goal behind Queens’ Erick Suarez and 16th nationally.
Anderson, which enters Wednesday’s meeting with a 5-2-1 overall record, ranks 13th in the country in goals with 20. The 20 goals are just two tallies away in the conference, as Queens has 22 goals on the season. Along with Carle’s national attention, redshirt freshman Henrique Gazzi and junior Mattias Schyberg currently rank 19th in the country in assists with four.
Defensively, freshman goalkeeper Bo Haug comes into the match with a 4-2-1 record making 31 saves, which ranks him 61st nationally in the category. Haug has two complete shutouts to his credit with a 1.17 goals against average.
After capturing a 1-0 win over Barry is its season opener, North Georgia has struggled as it has dropped seven straight matches, falling to 1-7 on the season. The Nighthawk offense has been unable to find rhythm as the team has just managed two goals since the season-opening victory. Most recently, UNG fell to Conference Carolinas member Lees-McRae, 3-0.
Sophomore midfielder Amin El-Shami has scored two of North Georgia’s three goals this season, as he also leads the team in shots with 13. Classmate Alexandro Martinez has the other goal, as he is tied with senior forward Tyler Daly for second in shots with 12.
Senior goalkeeper Kris Alonzo has seen the most minutes in goal for the Nighthawks, starting in seven of UNG’s eight contests. Alonzo has made 32 saves and hold a 2.52 goals against average. Freshman Diego Casillas has also seen time between the posts, playing in just over 128 minutes this season.
Anderson and North Georgia met last season at Trojan Stadium with the then Saints defeating AU, 2-1, on a 59th minute game-winner. Martin Brain provided Anderson’s lone goal of the match in the 12th minute, but the Trojans were unable to hold on to the non-conference victory.