September 6, 2010

Spartans to Host Blue Hose in 2010 Home Opener

Game Notes | Live Blog

SPARTANBURG, S.C. - To kick-off the 2010 home slate, the USC Upstate men's soccer team will host Presbyterian College on Tuesday night.  Kickoff between the Spartans and the Blue Hose is slated for 7:00 p.m. at County University Soccer Stadium.

At A Glance...

• Scouting the Blue Hose

• Looking Back at Georgia Southern and Georgia State

• Chad and Chris McCoy Return to the Pitch after Missing the 2009 Season.

Scouting the Blue Hose

PC enters Tuesday's match with a 1-0-0 record after defeating Furman 2-1 in overtime on Saturday night.  It was the first victory PC has recorded against the Paladins since the 1983 season.  Logan Huff led the way for the Blue Hose as he scored both goals in PC's season opening match.  Huff connected on a penalty kick in the 30th-minute and delivered the game winner in the 93rd-minute.  Blue Hose goalkeeper William Redmond recorded seven saves in the season-opener.

The Spartans enter Tuesday's match with a 14-5-2 record in the series and claimed a 2-1 victory a season ago in Clinton, S.C.  The Spartans were led in the match by Maurice Beggs who tied the match at 1-1 in the 77th-minute and score the game-winning goal in the 109th minute.

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.

Also new this year for Spartan fans is the addition of a live blog in which fans can interact with a member of the Upstate media relations staff, as well as other fans during the match.  The live chat will begin approximately 30 minutes before kickoff and ending shortly after the conclusion of the match.  Be sure to tune into the live blog by visiting www.upstatespartans.com. 

Looking Back at Georgia Southern and Georgia State

The Spartans fell on the road at Georgia Southern, 4-3, in the season opener (9/1).  Upstate got on the board first when Hakeem King scored off of Timo Foerster's corner kick in the 25th-minute.  Upstate tied the match at 2-2 in the 47th-minute when John Kadane put his header in the back of the net.  The Spartans took a 3-2 advantage, when John Collins scored on Timo Foerster's third assist of the match in the 53rd-minute.  GSU's Witt Carlisle scored in the 67th-minute and 82nd-minute to give the Eagles the victory.

In its second straight road match in the state of Georgia, Upstate and Georgia State battled to a 1-1 draw (9/4).  The Panthers scored the first goal of the match as Alex Vivanco connected on his penalty kick in the 52nd-minute.  Upstate tied the match when Maurice Beggs scored his first goal of the season on an assist from Tim Bailey in the 72nd-minute.  Upstate had a few opportunities to win the game in the two overtime sessions, but couldn't capitalize and the two teams remained tied after 110 minutes of action.

The Real McCoys

After missing the entire 2009 campaign due to injury, twin brothers Chad and Chris McCoy made their return to the field in the match at Georgia Southern.  Chris, who had surgery on each hip in 2008, has started both games as a defender for Coach Hooks this season.  Meanwhile, Chad had ankle surgery during the spring of 2009 and missed the '09 season due to his rehabilition.  Chad, a forward, saw action in the season opening match at GSU. 

Welcome Back

Upstate welcomes back 90 percent of its scoring from the 2009 season.  Maurice Beggs led the team with seven goals, while Timo Foerster and Erkan Yildirim tied for second with four goals.  Returners John Kadane, Tim Bailey and Felipe Grana also tallied goals for the Spartans in 2009.

Upstate Men's Soccer Fully Eligible

While Upstate men's soccer is just in its fourth year of competing on the NCAA Division I level, it is became fully eligible for postseason A-Sun and NCAA tournament play in 2009. Upstate, upon declaring its intention to move to D-I membership, tapped the men's soccer and softball teams as fast-track sports into NCAA Division I. Upstate's remaining 15 sports will become eligible beginning with the 2011-12 academic year.

Spartans Strong At Home

Since moving into County University Soccer Stadium, the Upstate men's soccer program has been tough to beat. Actually, since the inception of the program in 1980, the Spartans have been stout on the Spartanburg campus.  Upstate is an impressive 58-20-5 at the friendly confines of County University Soccer Stadium for a winning percentage of .729. Overall, Upstate is 227-54-15 at home for an .792 winning percentage in Spartanburg. Upstate played its first season in the quad behind the Administrative Building prior to moving to historic Rifle Field in 1981. The Spartans (then, the Rifles) tallied a 162-30-10 record for an .802 winning percentage at Rifle Field.

Spartan Soccer - A Story Of Success

While the USC Upstate Athletics Department has had a storied history of success throughout its existence, the men's soccer program has achieved success on a more consistent level than any other program at the University. Upstate men's soccer finished third in the NAIA National Tournament three straight years from 1983-85 and made 10 NCAA Tournament appearances in 16 years in the NCAA Division II. The Spartans claimed seven regular season Peach Belt Conference championships, nine Peach Belt Conference Tournament titles, and advanced to the championship game of the league tournament 14 times in 16 years.

This Day in History

On today's game date, Sept. 7, these notable events occured: The Pro Football Hall of Fame  was dedicated in Canton, Ohio (1963)... The final episode of the original "The Dick Van Dyke Show" aired on CBS (1966)... Jockey Willie Shoemaker became the winningest horse-racing jockey by collecting win number 6,033; "The Shoe" earned the record-setting victory at Del Mar Race Track in Southern California, passing the record previously held by Johnny Longden (1970)... The Cincinnati Reds clinched the National League West division title; The Big Red Machine set records for winning the division title that early in the season and for winning it by 20 games (1975)... American Express Co. issued the first of its platinum charge cards; Cardholders could pay $250 a year and charge up to $10,000 (1984)... Notable birthdays include: Basketball Hall of Famer Al McGuire (1928)... Actor Corbin Bernsen (1954).

On this day in Spartan history, Upstate Volleyball downs Southern Wesleyan 3-0 (30-24, 30-12, 30-13) for victory number six in a seven-match win streak as the Spartans go on to finish 21-13 overall (8-4 Peach Belt Conference) (2005).