Spartans Battle to Draw in Home Opener

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – For just the third time in the 21-game series, the USC Upstate men's soccer team battled to a draw with Presbyterian College.  On Tuesday night, each team found the back of the net just once for the 1-1 tie at County University Soccer Stadium.

Upstate (0-1-2) struck first in the match, when Hakeem King (Port of Spain, Trinidad/St. Mary's College) notched his second goal of the season in the 30th-minute.  King, who was assisted on the goal by Timo Foerster (Oberkirk, Germany/Hans Furler Gymnasium), put his shot from the left side of the box past PC keeper William Redmond.

The Spartans nearly push the lead to 2-0 in the 40th-minute, but Matt Begley's (Summerville, S.C./Summerville) header hit the cross-bar and bounced over the goal.

Upstate held the 1-0 advantage at halftime and remained in the lead until the 80th-minute when Blue Hose midfielder Stephen Glover scored on a header from the left side.  Glover was assisted on the goal by forward Paul Gunning.

Upstate and PC (1-0-1) remained tied at 1-1 after 90 minutes of play and headed to overtime.  In the first overtime period, the each team managed just one shot, both of which sailed over the top of the goal.

In the second overtime, Upstate nearly claimed its first victory of the season, but Erkan Yildirim's (Flensburg, Germany/Flensburg University) had his shot from the left side of the box hit off the post and ricochet away.

In the match, Upstate keeper Jason McCabe (Irmo, S.C./Dutch Fork) recorded six saves, while PC keeper William Redmond tallied 10.  The Blue Hose led the way in shots (23-19), but the Spartans on the advantage in shots on-goal (11-7).  PC led the way in corner kicks by a count of 8-4.

PC was called for 17 fouls and zero offsides, while the Spartans were whistled for 10 fouls and 3 offside penalties.

It will be more than a week before Upstate makes its return to the pitch.  The Spartans will travel to Boiling Springs, N.C., on Wed., Sept. 15 for a 7:00 p.m. match against the Gardner-Webb Bulldogs.