GSU to become road warriors

Trevor McNaboe

Coming off a key win against non-conference opponent Jacksonville University on Tuesday, the Georgia Southern University men’s soccer team looks to extend the winning streak to three games when it takes on University of North Carolina-Greensboro.

The Eagles are carrying a lot of momentum in this game after winning the last two games they’ve played at home by a combined score of 5-1.

UNCG will be no cupcake however as they sit at a 7-6-2 record and hold a 2-1-1 Southern Conference record.

The Spartans are coming off a crushing 5-1 loss on the road to Wofford College, before which they hadn’t lost the previous four matches.

Both teams have matched up evenly against opponents they share: GSU has a 2-4 record while UNCG has a 3-3 record against opponents both GSU and UNCG have faced.

GSU is coming off its highest total offensive output all season with a 4-1 win over Jacksonville University.

The Eagles haven’t done well on the road coming in with a 2-4 record away from Eagle Field, however it hasn’t been that they’ve been getting blown out as GSU has only allowed five total goals to average a little under a goal a game.

The Spartans have been successful at home this year posting a 4-3-1 record in Greensboro, N.C.  UNCG has scored 10 goals in its eight home games this season while allowing nine goals.

The Eagles have been a new team as they look to outhustle opponents and push forward while preventing and protecting against a counterattack.

Senior forward Witt Carlisle leads the team in goals with four and is second on the team in assists coming in at three.

Senior midfielder Hunter Norton has been the lynchpin behind the GSU offense as he lies at a center-middle position. Norton has accounted for a team-high four assists on the season to compliment three goals this year.

It doesn’t hurt the Eagles that they have one of the best goalies in the country, statistically speaking, as senior goalkeeper Neal Bates has recorded 84 saves and sits in the top five nationally in that category.

For UNCG, junior midfielder David Reittinger leads the team with four goals and is second on the team with three assists this year.

Senior forward Brian Graham leads the team in assists with four while also tallying two goals for the Spartans.

Also look for UNCG senior defender Madhi Ali to push forward and be on the attack as he has scored three goals on the year.

GSU defeated UNCG soundly 4-1 last year at home, although it is a different year many of the pieces the Eagles have are still here.

The game will start at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday in Greensboro, N.C.