Men’s soccer to end road trip with first night game

Trevor McNaboe

Following a seven game road trip, Georgia Southern University men’s soccer team (2-9-1) will make their first appearance at Eagle Field since Sept. 10 against the Elon University Phoenix (8-3-1) tomorrow.

GSU tied Appalachian State University on Tuesday, snapping an eight game losing streak.

EU lost their matchup Tuesday night against Wofford College by a score of 4-3 at home.

The Eagles come into the matchup with a conference record of  (0-1-1) and have allowed a total of four goals in their past three games.

The Phoenix has been on a scoring tear in conference scoring six goals in the last three matches that the have participated in.

GSU will have a tough matchup on hand as they take on an EU squad that has won games against No. 6 University of North Carolina at Charlotte, No. 18 West Virginia University and No. 22 Furman University.

The players that fans should watch for on the pitch for the Phoenix are senior forward Chris Thomas, who leads the team in goals and points (16 goals, 35 points), and junior midfielder Matt Wescoe (one goal, six assists).

For GSU, the players that are key for a result are junior goalkeeper Neal Bates (18 saves, 1.66 goal average allowed) and sophomore midfielder David Vargas Masis, who has come on strong as of late (two goals).

EU has won four of the last five matchups against GSU.

The one loss for EU took place last season when the teams met up twice with the Eagles winning the first match by a score of 4-2. The Phoenix avenged the regular season loss with a 1-0 win in the quarterfinals of the Southern Conference tournament in route to a SoCon championship and NCAA berth.

This season GSU is 0-2 at home this year allowing five goals, while scoring three goals.

EU has had success on the road boasting a record of 4-1 on the road scoring 11 times during those games.