Soccer to defend home turf

Trevor McNaboe

After a long five-game road trip, Georgia Southern University men’s soccer team (3-4) looks for a successful home stand starting tonight with Presbyterian College (2-3).

Although the end result of the of the past five games showed that the Eagles went 2-3, many positives can be seen coming out of it.

PC and GSU faced off last season in Clinton, S.C. where the Blue Hose rallied back in the second half to defeat the Eagles by a score of 3-2.

PC has been a streaky team this season as it currently is sporting a three game losing streak. During that run the Blue Hose has conceded 15 goals while scoring zero.

PC earlier in the season defeated nationally-ranked University of North Carolina Wilmington, which was ranked 24 at the time, by a score of 2-1.

The Blue Hose offensive scoring has run through junior midfielder Josh Carter so far as he has accounted for four of the team’s six goals on the year.

Another player to watch will be junior midfielder Ignacio Monchetti who has led the team in assists so far with two. Monchetti last year against GSU scored on a free kick in the 15th minute.

GSU will need to have its offense come out early as PC statistically gets better as the game goes on.

Senior goalkeeper Neal Bates will look to have a bounce back game against PC as last year he recorded one save while allowing three goals.

The Eagles defense has a bit of momentum currently after posting their second shutout win of the season, which ties the amount that they had last season.

On the season PC is 1-2 on the road allowing 12 goals while just scoring two. PC has also been winless when playing Southern Conference opponents going 0-2.

GSU has been successful at home, sporting a 1-1 record and allowing opponents three goals. The Eagles have also won twice against Big South opponents Gardner-Webb University and the University of North Carolina-Asheville.

PC has already played SoCon foe Furman University and was defeated handily by a score of 8-0. GSU will look at this game as a test to see where it is as it approaches conference play later in the week.

The next six games of seven that GSU plays will be at Eagle Field. GSU and PC kick off today at 6 p.m.