LakePoint, Ga. - The 2017 ASUN Conference Men's Soccer season continues with three midweek matches, including the conference season opener with USC Upstate traveling to NJIT. FGCU and North Florida will take on in-state foes in midweek action, as the Eagles welcome UCF to Fort Myers, Fla., while the Ospreys travel to Tampa to face South Florida.
The Highlanders posted a 3-2-1 mark last year in conference play, including a 1-0 win at USC Upstate. The Spartans only managed one win in league play last year, but look to get off to a better start on Wednesday afternoon. The match kicks off at 1 PM and can be seen live on the Highlander Network. FGCU's match on Tuesday night, as well as North Florida's Wednesday contest, will be on Facebook Live.
Fans can check the ASUN Men's Soccer Schedule for updated live stats and video streaming links.
FGCU (1-3-1; 0-0-0)
Next Two Matches: vs. UCF (9/19; 7 PM - Facebook Live); vs. Jacksonville (9/23; 7 PM - Facebook Live)
Last Two Matches: T, 2-2 vs. Loyola Marymount; L, 2-0 vs. Central Connecticut State
- FGCU was back on the pitch this past weekend as they host Loyola Marymount. The Eagles picked up a 2-2 draw behind goals from Dylan Sacramento and Shak Adams.
- The Eagles have had success against UCF in recent years. FGCU won the matchup last year 3-1 in Orlando, and has not lost to UCF since 2011.
- FGCU enters Tuesday night's matchup leading the ASUN in total assists with 10. Dennis Zapata (3) and Dylan Sacramento (2) have combined for five of those 10 assists this season.
- Adams and Sacramento both found the back of the net for the first time this season against LMU. They become the fifth and sixth different goal scorer for FGCU this year.
NJIT (5-1-2; 0-0-0)
Next Two Matches: vs. USC Upstate (9/20; 1 PM - Highlander Network); at George Washington (9/23 - 2 PM)
Last Two Matches: T, 1-1 vs. No. 18 Fairleigh Dickinson; L, 2-1 at Stony Brook
- NJIT's offense produced a season-high 21 shots against No. 18-ranked Fairleigh Dickinson this past weekend. Paulino Marques scored in the match as the Highlanders earned a draw.
- Last year's matchup was the first between NJIT and USC Upstate. Mamadou Guirassy scored the lone goal in a 1-0 road win in Spartanburg.
- Guirassy continues to lead the nation in goals scored with nine. He has already surpassed his NJIT Division I-era record of seven goals for a season, which he set last year.
- NJIT's defense is the best in the ASUN, entering conference play with a 0.61 GAA. Victor Pujades leads the ASUN with five shutouts, which ranks tied for fourth in the NCAA.
North Florida (1-3-1; 0-0-0)
Next Two Matches: at USF (9/20; 7 PM - Facebook Live); vs. Stetson (9/23; 7 PM - Facebook Live)
Last Two Matches: T, 2-2 at Connecticut; L, 1-0 at South Carolina
- The Ospreys came from a 2-0 deficit to earn a draw at Connecticut. North Florida was coming off an 11-day layoff and earned the draw with goals from Micah Smoak and Shane Nicholson.
- Smoak scored his second goal of the season, joining forward Adrian Nunez as the lone Ospreys with multiple goals this year. The midfielder tallied four goals all of last season.
- Juanes Fajardo is coming off his best performance in net for North Florida. He made eight stops, including some spectacular ones late in the match to keep the Ospreys tied at UConn.
- North Florida enters Wednesday night's match with a 0-2 all-time record against USF. The Ospreys have not found the back of the net in either of the two matches.
USC Upstate (2-4-1; 0-0-0)
Next Two Matches: at NJIT (9/20; 1 PM - Highlander Network); vs. Lipscomb (9/23; 7 PM - Facebook Live)
Last Two Matches: T, 1-1 vs. High Point; L, 4-0 at Winthrop
- USC Upstate bounced back with a 1-1 draw at High Point. The Spartans took the lead in the match on a Michelangelo Dovidio header, his first of the season.
- The Spartans rank second in the ASUN entering conference play with 38 shots on goal. Cam Philpot leads the team with nine SOG's, while three other players are tied at four.
- Conference road wins have been tough to come by for the Spartans in recent years. They have one league road win since 2014, a victory at Jacksonville in the 2015 season.
- After missing two matches, Santiago Restrepo was back in goal for the Spartans at High Point. He tied his season-high with five saves.