Eagles look to regroup at home

Photo by: Heather Yeomans

Trevor McNaboe

A tough in-conference matchup got the best of the Georgia Southern University men’s soccer team as it lost 1-0 to Elon University on Tuesday.

GSU struggled to find any offense throughout the game as it managed five shots with only one on goal.

This is the fourth time this season that the Eagles have been shutout and the second time in the last three games.

The Eagles held strong with the No. 25 nationally ranked Phoenix until the 31st minute when junior forward Jason Waterman gave a through ball to senior midfielder Matt Wescoe to put Elon up 1-0.

GSU would attempt to find an equalizer, however it managed only two shots in the second half.

“Elon was better than us tonight,” head coach Kevin Kennedy said in a press release. “I was disappointed with the way we gave up the goal and our inability to score in the attacking third tonight.”

The Eagles were outplayed on offense, as they were outshot by a total of 20-5, and the Phoenix had nine corner kicks while GSU was unable to get one.

Of the 20 shots faced, senior goalkeeper Neal Bates was able to save eight, while opposing junior goalkeeper Nathan Dean only had one save.

The loss drops GSU to 0-3 in Southern Conference play and extends the team’s losing streak to four in a row. GSU is currently the only team in SoCon play that has yet to win a game.

The Eagles will begin the second half of SoCon play with one final in-conference home game followed by two road conference games.

The next match will be special for six players on the GSU roster, as it will be senior night against Appalachian State University on Saturday.

GSU is winless in its last five matches against App. State with the last victory dating all the way back to 2008.

Last season’s game, which was played in Boone, N.C. resulted in a 0-0 draw.

GSU will travel back home and take on App. State on Saturday at 7 p.m. at Eagle Field.