Men’s soccer to face off against Mountaineers

Photo by: Lindsay HartmannJunior defender Mathew Brennan (6) dribbles around a Darton College player.

Trevor McNaboe

After a close loss to open up conference play, Georgia Southern University men’s soccer team (2-9, 0-1) takes on Appalachian State University today (4-6-1, 0-2) in Boone, N.C.

The Eagles have lost their last eight matchups with the most recent being a close 2-1 loss to Davidson College on Saturday.

The Mountaineers are nursing a five game losing streak having lost to conference foes College of Charleston 3-0 and University of North Carolina at Greensboro 1-0.

Eagles sophomore midfielder David Vargas Masis is on a hot streak having scored in two of the last three games.

The key players for GSU are freshman defender Reed Norton (three goals, two assists), junior defender Drew Ruggles (two goals, three assists) and senior forward Joe Hughes (three goals).

ASU key players to watch for are sophomore forward Stanley Broaden (two goals), senior midfielder David Dodge (two goals) and junior goalkeeper Danny Free (1.19 Goals Allowed Average)

The Mountaineers have won three of the last four meetings between both teams with the most recent result being a 2-1 victory in Statesboro.

This year both teams have played similar opponents this season, Wake Forest University and Gardner-Webb University, with both losing against Wake Forest, however GSU defeated GWU by a score of 2-0, while ASU lost in double overtime 3-2.

GSU has been good in the early parts of games scoring five times in the first half this season while giving up 14 goals in the final half of games.

ASU has been outscored in the first half of games by a total of 6-2 this year. The second half is a different story as they have scored six out of their eight goals in this time frame.

The game time for this matchup is set for 6 p.m. tonight at the Ted Mackorell Sports Complex in Boone, N.C.