GREENVILLE, SC September 6, 2013 – The College of Charleston men’s soccer team is set to take on former-conference-rival Furman at Stone Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 7 at 7 p.m. The teams will be meeting in non-conference play for the first time since the 1997 season.
Head Coach Ralph Lundy:
“We are looking forward to a good test against a familiar opponent in Furman. Both of us did well in our tournament last weekend against two top 25 teams but we will both look to improve to 2-1 on the season.
“This is the first year in a long time that we will play Furman and it won’t be a conference match, but regardless it’s always a difficult match and we look forward to it.”
KICKING OFF THE COUGARS…
CofC went 1-1 in its opening weekend against a pair of ranked teams in the Nike / Aaron Olitsky Memorial Classic at Patriots Point last weekend. The Cougars opened with a trying 2-0 loss to then-ranked No. 8 Akron on Friday night, but bounced back with a 1-0 win over then-No. 27 Xavier on Sunday.
CofC proved itself equal to the perennial-powerhouse Zips for the majority of the contest but surrendered a pair of late goals – one of which coming fortuitously for the Zips on a Cougar-committed own goal – while playing down a man after a red card in the 70th minute.
The Cougars, despite being on short rest and limited substitutions, offered an efficient work rate in the turn-around game against Xavier on Sunday, and earned the victory after Xavier Rajpaul’s (Port of Spain, Trinidad) first career goal and a shutout by the defense.
The game’s only goal came when Tanner Clay (Gilbert, Ariz.) played a brilliant ball through the Musketeers’ back line with the outside of his right foot to Rajpaul who was streaking through the right side of the box. Rajpaul took it in stride and beat the goalkeeper to his left-hand side across the goal mouth in the 13th minute.
SCOUTING THE PALADINS…
Furman also participated in the Olitsky Classic and came away with virtually identical results as the Cougars, posting a 4-3 double-overtime win over Xavier but falling, 1-0, to Akron.
Senior Martin Ontiveros scored a pair of goals, including the game-winner in the 106th minute, to lead Furman to the exciting victory over Xavier. The performance earned him SoCon Player of the Week honors.
The match will serve as the Paladins’ home opener and they will pay tribute to former Paladin defender and United States Under-17 National Team captain, Gray Griffin, who was killed in a traffic accident in October of 2002 during his freshman year at Furman.
With seven starters returning from a 2012 squad that posted a 12-4-3 overall record and 4-2-1 Southern Conference mark, Furman was tabbed as the preseason favorite in the seven-team SoCon.
MULTIMEDIA AVAILABLE FOR THE MATCH…
Fans can follow live statistics for each match and live streaming video through www.FurmanPaladins.com. The video feed requires a subscription, but the live stats are available at no charge.