Soccer starts SoCon play on Saturday

Trevor McNaboe


Georgia Southern University men’s soccer (2-8) opens up Southern Conference play Saturday on the road when they take on the Davidson College Wildcats (4-4-1).

GSU comes into the game on a seven game losing streak and is 0-5 on the road this year.

In the preseason the Eagles were projected to finish in sixth place in the SoCon after a 4-3 record in conference, while also picking up a first place vote.

Davidson was voted to finish eighth in conference after a 2011 SoCon record of 3-2-2.

DC is on a three game losing streak having lost their most recent game 2-0 to No. 15 Wake Forest University. DC is currently 0-2 in 2012 SoCon play with losses to University of North Carolina-Greensboro and Elon University.

In last year’s matchup between both teams, GSU edged out a 3-2 victory at home against the Wildcats.

Davidson is currently 3-3-1 at home this year allowing a little less than two goals per game at home.

Overall this matchup is key for the Eagles because it sets the tone for the rest of the conference play.

Tuesday, GSU travelled to Chapel Hill to take on No. 6 ranked University of North Carolina (8-1-1) in one of the Eagles toughest road games of the season.

The Tar Heels broke the scoring line with a goal in the 38th minute of a rebound in the box scored by junior forward Andy Craven.

The Tar Heels struck again quickly and found a second goal in the 40th minute of play this time with sophomore forward Cooper Vandermass-Peeler chipping goalkeeper Neal Bates.

The score of the game would remain unchanged for the final 50 minutes as neither side could score a goal. UNC outshot GSU 16-2, and 9-0 on shots on goal.

The loss drops GSU to 2-8 on the season, while UNC improves to 8-1-1 for the 2012 campaign.