Men's Soccer Closes Road Trip on Sunday at TusculumOctober 5, 2013
ANDERSON, S.C. – After a 4-3 come-from-behind overtime victory over North Georgia on Wednesday, the Anderson University men’s soccer team looks to continue its winning way on Sunday when it visits Tusculum for a 3:30 p.m. kickoff.
With the victory on Wednesday night, Anderson improved to 6-2-1 overall and moves its record away from Trojan Stadium to 4-1-1 on the season. AU looks to move into the top four of the South Atlantic Conference standings as its boasts a SAC record of 2-2, with both of the Trojans’ losses coming in extra time. Sunday’s matchup marks the final leg of AU’s four-match road stretch in which it currently holds a 2-1 record.
After freshman Brad Du Plooy’s first collegiate goal to start the second half against UNG, freshman Aaron Roberson tallied back-to-back goals in the 56th and 78th minute, respectively, to even the score at 3-3. Roberson is now just a goal behind redshirt sophomore Andre Carle for the team-lead in goals with five. In overtime, it was redshirt sophomore Benoit Torres who got the game-winner from a header off a pass from redshirt freshman Henrique Gazzi. For Torres, the goal was also his first in the Black and Gold, while Gazzi added his fifth and sixth assists Wednesday night.
For the season, the Trojans have outscored their opponents 16-6 in the second half, despite being outshot by their opponents 61-53 through the first nine matches.
Freshman goalkeeper Bo Haug added his fifth win of the season and moved to 5-2-1 on the year. Haug is currently fourth in the SAC in saves with 33 and second with a save percentage of .786.
After winning two of its first three to begin the 2013 season, TC dropped three-straight matches, followed by its most recent result of a 2-0 victory over non-conference opponent Milligan on Wednesday. The rollercoaster season puts Tusculum at 3-4 overall and a 1-2 mark in SAC play, with its lone SAC win coming at Mars Hill.
Freshman forward Jonathan Spicher currently leads the team almost all offensive categories including goals (4), points (10), shots (23) and shots on goal (8). Most recently, Spicher tallied the second goal of the afternoon in the 2-0 victory over Milligan. Classmate Mark Patterson is second on the team in goals with three, despite only playing in three matches this season.
Freshman goalkeeper Ashley Elsey will likely get the start against AU, as the Swansea, Wales native has made five starts and posts a 1.36 goals against average with two shutouts. In those five starts, Elsey has recorded just 13 saves which puts him in 12th in the league.
Anderson enters Sunday’s matchup with a 2-1 record over Tusculum since joining the conference in 2010. The Trojans bested the Pioneers in their first two matchups, but last season, TC came away with a 1-0 victory at Trojan Stadium.