Mens Soccer to Open Season with Exhibition Matches
SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The USC Upstate men's soccer team will begin the 2010 campaign on Thursday when it hosts Spartanburg Methodist College at 4:00 p.m. Following the match with the Pioneers, the Spartans will entertain Clemson on Tuesday night (8/24) at 7:00 p.m. Upstate will begin the regular season on Sept. 1, when they travel to Statesboro, Ga., to face the Georgia Southern Eagles.
Taking On The Pioneers
Head Coach Greg Hooks will begin his 16th season at the helm of the program when Upstate hosts the Spartanburg Methodist College on Thursday afternoon. The match between the Spartans and the Pioneers will take place at the soccer practice fields and will begin at 4:00 p.m.
Taking On The Tigers
The Spartans will return to the pitch on Tues., Aug. 24, when the Clemson Tigers visit County University Soccer Stadium. Tuesday's exhibition match is scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m. A season ago, the Tigers and the Spartans met in Clemson, S.C., for an exhibition match. Clemson claimed the 4-1 victory on Aug. 26, 2009.
Fans not in attendance at the game can watch the action live online at ASun.TV by visiting the service's Web site, www.asun.tv, and clicking on the USC Upstate tab. Fans can also get live statistical updates via livestats on the official Upstate Athletics Web site at www.upstatespartans.com.
In 2009, the Spartans finished the season with a 5-9-3 mark and a 2-5-2 record in conference play. The five wins by the team is the most since the move to D-I and it ties the win total from the first two seasons of D-I play (2007 & 2008). Departed senior Pat Regna earned Second-Team All-Atlantic Sun honors after leading the conference with 105 saves. Regna finished the campaign with a 1.51 GAA as he started all 17 matches for Upstate and logged all 1608:30 between the pipes for Coach Hooks' team. Four different Spartans tallied game-winning goals in 2009 and leading the way was Timo Foerster with two (at UNC Asheville on Sept. 16 and against Belmont on Oct. 30).