GSU looks for road success

Trevor McNaboe


Georgia Southern University’s men’s soccer team will look to right the ship as it heads into the final pair of its five-game road stretch this weekend.

The Eagles slipped to 2-3 after a close loss this past Sunday to Mercer University in the Mercer Tournament.

GSU will take to the road and head towards Asheville, N.C. for a Friday afternoon game against the Radford University Highlanders (1-2-1).

The Highlanders have a 1-0 record against Southern Conference opponents this season while GSU has split (1-1) against Big South Conference foes.

GSU has not fared well this season when not at home, going 1-2 away from Eagle Field, however this game will be played on a neutral site.

RU has not posted a game where it has not allowed a goal since November of last season. On the year so far, the Highlanders have allowed nine goals.

GSU should look to take advantage of this matchup on offense as the Eagles have scored six goals while conceding only five.

The Highlanders offense runs through senior midfielder Joe Mayer. Mayer has scored three goals and gotten two assists, making him the offensive leader in scoring.

The matchup that GSU will need to exploit is the RU goalkeeper, redshirt senior Dane Wilson. Wilson on the year has allowed more goals, nine, than he has saves, six.

GSU will play its f inal road game of September on Sunday when they take on host the University of North Carolina-Asheville Bulldogs.

The Bulldogs are also currently 2-3 and are coming off a 4-1 loss to the University of North Florida.

GSU drew in a scoreless match against UNF earlier this season in a preseason matchup.

GSU will once again have a chance to find goal scoring opportunities as the Bulldogs have allowed 14 goals already this season, while scoring just six goals.

The burden of the defensive woes has not fallen on Bulldog junior goalkeeper Dan Jackson as he has made 32 saves in the five games. Rather, the defense has allowed an average of 16 shots a game.

UNCA does not have one standout offensive player as the team’s leading goal-scorer only has two goals.

GSU can climb above .500 if they win both games, which would end the road trip on a positive note before they begin a four-game home stand and in-conference play.