ANDERSON, S.C. – Off to its best start since 2009, the Anderson University men’s soccer team seeks its fourth straight win to begin the season when it hosts Catawba College on Saturday at Trojan Stadium. The first South Atlantic Conference matchup of the season is set for 3:30 p.m.
Entering Saturday, four players from the SAC have scored three goals on the season and two are in the AU lineup. Newcomers Andre Carle and Paul von Hinueber currently lead the team and the conference in goals which ties them for the SAC led with Queens’ Felipe Netto and Lincoln Memorial’s Mario Pinto. In their first three matches of the year, the Trojans have outscored their opponents 13-4.
For the season, Anderson carries eight different goal scorers and six different players with at least one assist. Wednesday’s hero, Mattias Schyberg, leads the team in points with two goals and four assists for a total of eight points. Carle and von Hinueber closely follow with seven points apiece.
Defensively, the backline and goalkeeper Bo Haug earned the victory, as Young Harris struggled to find good shots against the AU goalkeeper. Despite tallying 16 shots for the match, YHC was only able to record eight shots on goal.
Catawba has played just one match entering Saturday, as the Indians’ season began with a heart-stopping 2-1 overtime road win over Barton. Freshman forward Declan Stimson, who made his collegiate debut, scored six minutes into the first overtime period to give Catawba the win in its season opener. Sophomore midfielder Kenny Bonilla also scored for the Indians to open the second half.
In the SAC Preseason Coaches’ Poll, Catawba was projected to finish ninth in the league, coming off a 9-7-3 overall record. Corey Faughnan, who led the team in goals in 2012, was the lone representative on the all-SAC first team, while teammate Domhnall Minogue also returns to the Catawba lineup after being named to the second team.
Entering his first season at the helm of the Indians, head coach Ken Hassler earned his first victory as a head coach. Before coming to Catawba, Hassler was the head coach of Montevallo where he recorded a 43-12-8 record and two Peach Belt Conference championships.
In last year’s meeting, AU and Catawba combined for eight goals en route to a 4-4 draw. The four goals scored by Anderson were the most scored in a match by the Trojans all of last season and the most scored since the 2011 season. Since joining the SAC, the Trojans have not lost to Catawba, posting a 2-0-1 record and outscoring the Indians 11-4 in those three meetings.