October 3, 2012

Upstate Opens A-Sun Play at Home Against Jacksonville, North Florida

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Spartanburg, S.C. - The USC Upstate men's soccer team kicks back into action this weekend when it opens up A-Sun play at home against Jacksonville and North Florida at County University Soccer Stadium. The Spartans will take on Jacksonville Friday night at 7:00 and North Florida Sunday afternoon at 1:00.

Upstate enters Friday's game against Jacksonville with a 2-5-1 record. The Spartans have lost their last four matches, each by one goal. Jacksonville enters Friday's game with a 1-8-1 record, having lost two in a row coming into the weekend. North Florida will play at ETSU Friday night and enters the weekend with a 3-6-0 record and on a four-game losing streak.

Upstate is 1-6-0 all-time against Jacksonville in a series that dates back to 1980, the Spartans' first year of soccer. Jacksonville is riding a five-game winning streak in the series, all coming since Upstate joined Division I and the A-Sun in 2007. The Spartans' lone victory came during the 1983 season. The Dolphins own a 22-7 advantage in scoring.

Upstate is 9-5-1 all-time against North Florida in a series that dates back to the 1997 season. The Spartans are 1-4-0 against the Ospreys since 2007, claiming a 2-0 victory in Jacksonville last year. The win was the first for the Spartans over North Florida since joining the A-Sun in 2007. Upstate owns a 40-23 advantage in scoring in the series. The two schools were rivals in the Peach Belt Conference prior to North Florida moving to Division I starting the 2005 season.

Fans can follow the action in a variety of ways online at upstatespartans.com, the official website of Upstate Athletics. Live stats will be available for both games, while live video for free on ASun.TV will be available for Sunday's game against North Florida. Complete game recaps and statistics will be available following the conclusion of each game.