October 6, 2010

Spartans Set for a Pair in the Sunshine State

Game Notes

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – After closing out a four-match homestand on Saturday, the USC Upstate men's soccer team will travel to the state of Florida for a pair of conference matches this weekend.

Upstate will travel to Fort Myers, Fla., to face #25 Florida Gulf Coast on Friday night at 7:00 p.m.  Following Friday night's match, the Spartans will travel to DeLand, Fla., to square off against Stetson on Sunday afternoon at 1:00 p.m.

At A Glance...

• Scouting the Eagles and the Hatters

• Looking Back at Mercer and Campbell

Timo Foerster Ranks in the Top-25 in the NCAA

• Spartans Among the A-Sun's Best

Scouting the Eagles

Florida Gulf Coast enters the week ranked seventh in the NSCAA South Region Poll that was released on Tuesday.  The Eagles, who sit 6-2-2 overall and 2-0-0 in league play, are ranked 25th in this week's Soccer America Top-25 poll.  The Eagles also received six votes in this week's NSCAA Top-25 poll.  During the non-conference slate, the Eagles picked up victories over #13 South Florida (W, 2-1, Sept. 1) and #5 Ohio State (W, 1-0, Sept. 18).  To open the conference season, FGCU traveled to Nashville, Tenn., and came away with wins at Lipscomb (W, 2-1, OT) and at Belmont (W, 2-0).

Ryan Price is the offensive leader for the Eagles, as he leads the team in goals (3), points (6) and shots (25).  Six different players have recorded an assist in 2010.  Adam Glick has played all 961:46 between the pipes.  Glick owns a GAA of 0.75, making 40 saves and allowing just eight goals through 10 games.

Fans not in attendance can receive live statistical updates by visiting site at www.fgcueagles.com.

Scouting the Hatters

Stetson enters the week on a three-match win streak with wins over Florida Atlantic, Belmont and Lipscomb.  Prior to entertaining the Spartans, the Hatters (5-2-1, 2-0-0) will host ETSU on Friday night.

The Hatters are led offensively by five players.  Fredrik Brustad paces Stetson with four goals, while Jonathon Mendoza, Kai Eckenrode, Gonzalo De Mujica and Niels De Jonck have scored three goals each.  Mendoza leads the way in assists (9) and points (15).  Eckenrode has four assists and 10 points, while Brustad has three assists and 11 points.  Andreas Schnabl has seen the majority of time in goal for Stetson, making 20 saves and allowing just five goals through eight games (0.62 GAA).

Fans not in attendance can receive live statistical updates by visiting site at www.gohatters.com.

Looking Back at Mercer and Furman

To open the conference slate, Upstate hosted Mercer on Thursday night.  The Bears tallied a goal in each half to claim the 2-0 victory.  On Saturday afternoon, Upstate closed out a four-match homestand as they hosted Campbell for the final time as conference foes, with the Camels leaving the A-Sun for the Big South at the conclusion of the 2010-11 academic year.  Campbell netted the lone goal of the match with less than a minute remaining in the first half to claim the 1-0 win.

Samurai Shutdown

Sporting a new gameday hairstyle in 2010, similar to that of a samurai warrior, senior goalkeeper Jason McCabe has been a force in goal for the Spartans.  McCabe earned Atlantic Sun Conference Defensive Player of the Week honors (Sept. 28) as he led Upstate to a 1-0-1 record in the final non-conference matches of the season.  In the 1-0 victory over UNC Ashville on Sept. 22, McCabe made five saves as the Spartans picked up their first shutout victory since the move to Division I in 2007.  The Irmo, S.C, product followed with another outstanding outing on Sept. 25 as he held the Furman Paladins scoreless for 110 minutes as the two teams battled to a 0-0 draw.  For the week, McCabe finished with 200 minutes of shutout soccer behind seven saves en route to a 1-0-1 record.

Deliver with Care: Timo's Helpers

Junior midfielder Timo Foerster recorded an assist on all three goals the Spartans scored in the season opener at Georgia Southern (9/1).  Hakeem King, John Kadane and John Collins tallied the three Spartan goals against the Eagles.  His three assists are tied for the single-match high in the A-Sun this season.  Foerster recorded his fourth assist of 2010 in the match against Presbyterian (9/7) as he assisted on Hakeem King's goal in the 30th-minute.  The Oberkirk, Germany, native leads Upstate with four assists in 2010.  In the A-Sun, he is tied for second in assists per match (0.50) and is tied for fourth in assists.  Foerster, who needs just one more assist to match his total from the 2009 campaign, is tied for the team lead in points (4).  Foerster also finds his name in the national rankings, as he is tied for 24th in the NCAA in assists per match. 

Spartans in the A-Sun

Aside from Timo Foerster's pair of top-five rankings in the A-Sun, two other Spartans find their name at the top of the charts in the A-Sun.  Upstate keeper Jason McCabe is tied for third in both saves (37) and saves per match (4.11).  He also ranks fifth in shutouts per match (0.22) and is tied for fifth in the A-Sun in shutouts (2).  McCabe is eighth in both goals allowed average (1.45) and save percentage (.725).  In conference games, McCabe ranks second in saves (10), third in saves per match (5.00), seventh in GAA (1.50) and seventh in save percentage (.769).

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 (9/1).  Chris, who had surgery on each hip in 2008, has started seven 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 rehabilitation.  Chad, a forward, has seen action against Georgia Southern, Presbyterian, UNC Asheville and Mercer

Hear Ye! Hear Ye!: 2010 Spartan Honor Roll

Through the first few weeks of the 2010-11 academic year, the men's soccer team has had a player selected as Sprint Spartan of the Week three times (out of a possible four selections).  Timo Foerster earned the first honor on Aug. 23 after scoring a goal and recording an assist in the preseason exhibition match against Spartanburg Methodist College (8/19).  Hakeem King collected the second consecutive honor on Aug. 30 after scoring the game-winning goal in the 2-1 exhibition victory over Clemson (8/24).  Jason McCabe became the third men's soccer player to earn the honor on Sept. 13 after helping lead the Spartans to a 1-1 draw against Presbyterian College (9/7).  McCabe earned his second Sprint Spartan of the Week award on Sept. 27 after earning A-Sun Defensive Player of the Week honors (9/27) behind 200 minutes of shutout soccer against UNC Asheville (W, 1-0) and Furman (T, 0-0, 2OT).

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 59-22-7 at the friendly confines of County University Soccer Stadium for a winning percentage of .710. Overall, Upstate is 228-56-17 at home for a .786 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 a .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.

These Days in History

On today's game date, Oct. 8, these notable events occurred: New York Yankees' pitcher Whitey Ford set the World Series record for consecutive scoreless innings, reaching 32 in a 7-0 shutout of the Cincinnati Reds in Game 4, surpassing the old mark of 29.2 IP by Babe Ruth (1961)... Green Bay Packers' running back/kicker Paul Hornug set a team record for points scored in a game with 33 (four touchdowns, six extra points and one field goal) as the Packers defeated the Baltimore Colts, 45-7 (1962)... A U.S. District Court in Anchorage, Alaska, approved a $900-million settlement (annual payments made over 10 years) with Exxon Oil Corporation for the Valdez oil spill.  Exxon also agreed to pay a $250-million fine, which would reimburse the state of Alaska and the U.S. for the cleanup, damage assessment and litigation (1991)... Chart toppers include: "Oh, Pretty Woman" by Roy Orbison (1964) and "Another One Bites the Dust" by Queen (1980)... Notable birthdays include: Actor Chevy Chase (1943)... Actress Sigourney Weaver (1949)... Actor Matt Damon (1970).

On this day in Spartan history (Oct. 8), the Spartan volleyball team sets a school-record with 80 kills in a four-set match as the Spartans downed UNC Pembroke 3-1 (1995).

On today's game date, Oct. 10, these notable events occurred: The billiard ball was patented by John Wesley Hyatt (1865)... Hank Bauer's bases-loaded triple in Game 6 lifted the New York Yankees to a 4-3 win and their third-straight title as the defeated the New York Giants 4 games to 2 (1951)... The Red Baron first appeared in the "Peanuts" comic strip, with Snoopy at the controls (1965)... Chart toppers included "Reach Out I'll Be There" by the Four Tops (1966) and "Friends in Low Places" by Garth Brooks (1990)... Notable birthdays include: Singer David Lee Roth (1954)... Singer Tanya Tucker (1958) and former Southern Miss QB and current NFL QB Brett Favre (1969).

On this day in Spartan history (Oct. 10), men's soccer goalkeeper Darren Ambrose records 10 saves helping the Spartans earn a 1-0 victory over Charlotte (1989).