Spartanburg, S.C. -
Coming off a 2-0 victory at Presbyterian Friday night, the USC Upstate men's soccer team returns to action Monday night at 7:00 in a Labor Day special when it hosts Southern Wesleyan in a non-conference matchup at County University Soccer Stadium.
Upstate enters the match with a 1-1-0 record. It lost its home opener, 2-1, to Wofford last Monday, but rebounded to take a 2-0 victory at Presbyterian Friday night. The Spartans were 1-0-1 in the preseason, claiming a 5-1 win in their scrimmage over Spartanburg Methodist and a 1-1 tie in a scrimmage against Gardner-Webb. Southern Wesleyan enters the contest having played three preseason games with Monday being its season opener. The Warriors played scrimmages against North Georgia, Anderson and Erskine.
Upstate and Southern Wesleyan have played just four times in the history of the two programs. The Spartans own a 4-0-0 lead in the all-time series over the Warriors. The teams met for the first time on Sept. 19, 1983, a 2-0 victory by Upstate. The last meeting between the two schools came on Sept. 25, 2002, a 4-0 victory by the Spartans. Upstate owns a 13-4 lead in goals throughout the series.
Fans can follow the action online in a variety of ways. Live video for a fee will be available via ASun.TV and can be accessed through www.upstatespartans.com, the official Upstate Athletics website. Free live statistical updates will also be available online at upstatespartans.com, while complete game coverage with a recap and game statistics will be available shortly after the conclusion of the match.
Looking Back at Presbyterian
, a newcomer who played his first two years of college soccer at Cincinnati State, made his presence felt on both goals to led USC Upstate to a 2-0 victory over Presbyterian Friday night at Martin Stadium in Clinton. Hoop finished the game with a goal and an assist. He assisted on the eventual game winner in the 18th-minute when he took control of the ball on the right side after a corner kick and sent it into the box. John Kadane
won the ball out of the air and put a header into the net to give the Spartans a 1-0 lead. With PC playing a man down after a red card in the second half, Upstate pressured the Blue Hose defense and broke through with another goal in the 80th-minute. Timo Foerster
played a pass over the defense to Hoop who ran on and placed a shot past the keeper and into the net for a 2-0 Spartan lead. Upstate held a 19-11 advantage in shots, the second-straight game it has posted more than 15 shots. The Spartans also led 9-4 in corner kicks.
Hoop-in It Up
Junior College transfer Dylan Hoop has certainly provided some positive moments early in the season for Upstate. He first made his presence felt when he scored two goals, the first and the last, in the Spartans' 5-1 victory over Spartanburg Methodist in the first scrimmage of the year for Upstate. He was simply solid again last Friday, having a say in both of Upstate's goal in the 2-0 victory over Presbyterian College. He assisted on the game-winning goal by John Kadane, then added an insurance goal in the second half to lead the Spartans to the win.
Another 1-Goal Loss
Upstate had a tough time pulling out close wins a year ago and the start of the 2011 season was no different as the Spartans took a 2-1 loss to Wofford in the season opener Monday night at County University Soccer Stadium. Last year, Upstate dropped six games by a goal.
Looking Back at the Scrimmages
Upstate opened the 2011 season with a pair of scrimmages, taking a 5-1 victory over Spartanburg Methodist and tying Gardner-Webb. The Spartans welcomed SMC to County University Soccer Stadium on Aug. 17. Seniors Timo Foerster and Jan Wienholt
showed tremendous leadership, while newcomer Dylan Hoop came through in a big way. Foerster recorded an assist and later scored a goal, while Wienholt notched a pair of goals. Hoop, a transfer from Cincinnati State, scored two goals as well. He notched the first goal of the match and closed out the scoring as well. The Spartans held the Pioneers to just one shot over the final 60 minutes of play.
Against Gardner-Webb, Upstate scored first when Michael Rankin-Byrne
took the ball down the left sideline and lifted a pass to Hakeem King
in the middle of the field about 25 yards out. King moved in and lifted a shot over the charging Bulldog keeper and into the back of the net to open the scoring. Gardner-Webb would come back to tie the game in the second half and the teams played to a 90-minute, 1-1, draw.
Spartans Return Veteran Group
Heading into its fifth season playing on the NCAA Division I level and in the A-Sun, Upstate returns its most experienced team since the days of Division II. The Spartans have 13 lettermen and eight starters returning from last year's team. There are 18 upperclassmen on the squad, including nine seniors. Of the nine seniors, six see significant action, including Jason McCabe
(goalkeeper), Timo Foerster (midfielder), Hakeem King (forward), Colin Francis
(midfielder), Jan Wienholt (midfielder) and Chris McCoy
Upstate also returns much of its scoring from a year ago. While leading scorer Maurice Beggs (8 points) exhausted his eligibility, seven of the top 10 scorers from a year ago have returned for 2010. Foerster led the Spartans and ranked sixth in the A-Sun with six assists as the team's second leading scorer. King was the third-leading scorer with four points, all on goals. McCabe totaled a 1.84 goals against average and ranked second in the A-Sun with 69 points.
Looking for Win No. 200
In a career that has been marked with tremendous success, Upstate head coach Greg Hooks is on the verge of recording win No. 200 in his 17 years at the helm of the Spartan program. Hooks took over the team in 1995 and coached the squad to the championship game of the NCAA Division II Tournament. He has posted 196 wins at Upstate, just six shy of 200. He is 17 wins short of reaching 300 in his career.
McCabe Logs the Minutes
To say that starting goalkeeper Jason McCabe logged some serious minutes in the net last year for Upstate is an understatement. The fifth-year senior in 2011 played all but 45 minutes in goal for the Spartans last season. He tallied 1,469 of Upstate's 1,514 minutes. McCabe sat out the 2009 season and received a red-shirt year.
Upstate Tops 400 Career Wins
Arguably the top program in the history of the Upstate Athletics Department, the men's soccer team has won 410 matches in its history that dates back to the inaugural season in 1980. The Spartans own a 411-164-91 record and made 10 appearances in the NCAA Division II Tournament.
Frustrating Losses in 2010
While Upstate's 1-12-3 overall record in 2010 was not stellar, it was also deceiving. The Spartans dropped six games by a single goal and another two by two goals. A break here or there could have turned the season around for the Spartans. Four of the six one-goal losses came during A-Sun play.
McCabe a Decorated Keeper
Senior goalkeeper Jason McCabe has received recognition for his play in the net during his time in an Upstate uniform. As a freshman in 2007, he was named the A-Sun Defensive Player of the Week after leading the Spartans to a sweep of Belmont and Lipscomb. Last year, he also earned Defensive Player of the Week honors from the A-Sun when he posted back-to-back shutouts in a 1-0 win over UNC Asheville and a 0-0 tie of Furman.
Upstate Strong at Home
Since opening County University Soccer Stadium with a 1-0 victory over Colorado School of Mines and former Upstate head coach and current Athletics Hall of Fame member Frank Kohlenstein in 2001, the Spartans have enjoyed playing in the friendly confines of County University Soccer Stadium. Upstate has played 94 matches in the facility and have won 60 times. The Spartans own a 60-28-7 overall record in the stadium, a record that has included hosting Peach Belt and NCAA Division II National Tournament games. Their winning percentage is .676 in 11 years in the stadium. The Spartans play seven regular season games at County University Soccer Stadium in 2011.