Clinton, S.C. – Upstate newcomer Dylan Hoop had a hand in both of USC Upstate's goals Friday night, tallying a goal and an assist to lead the Spartans to a 2-0 victory over Presbyterian College in non-conference men's soccer action at Martin Stadium.
Hoop (Cincinnati, Ohio), a junior college transfer from Cincinnati State in his first year with Upstate, assisted on John Kadane's (Garland, Texas) eventual game-winning goal, then added a goal to give Upstate a solid cushion.
Upstate improved to 1-1-0 on the year and will take on Southern Wesleyan Monday night at County University Soccer Stadium. Presbyterian fell to 0-2-0 on the year.
Upstate got on the board first in the 18th-minute when the Spartans took a corner kick. The kick went long and Hoop gathered the ball and played a cross into the box from the right side. Kadane Jumped and won the ball in the air, putting a header into the net to give Upstate a 1-0 lead.
The teams went into the locker room at halftime with Upstate holding a 1-0 lead. The Spartans pressured the Presbyterian defense and took six shots in the first 45 minutes. The Blue Hose tallied four shots in the first half.
The teams played more than 30 minutes before Upstate and Hoop struck again to effectively put the game away. A Presbyterian player was issued a red card in the 66th-minute forcing PC to play a man down for the remainder of the game. It allowed Upstate to pressure even more. Timo Foerster (Oberkirk, Germany) had control of the ball and lifted a pass over the defense into open space in front of Hoop. Hoop took the pass and beat the PC keeper to give the Spartans a commanding 2-0 lead in the 80th-minute.
"When they went down to 10 guys, it changed what they could to do," said Upstate head coach Greg Hooks. "We had a few chances like we did in the Wofford game (Monday night) when we didn't convert. We either didn't put it in, their keeper made a save or we hit the post. But, we played well. Jason made a couple of good saves. It was good to get this win."
Upstate keeper Jason McCabe (Irmo, S.C.) was solid in the net despite the Upstate defense not allowing many solid scoring chances for PC. He made three saves on the night, two in the first half and just one in the second half. PC took 11 shots in the game, but only three were put on goal.
Upstate tallied 13 shots in the second half in a relentless offensive attack. The Spartans finished the game with a 19-11 edge in shots and a 9-4 advantage in corner kicks.