COLUMBIA, S.C. – The South Carolina men’s soccer team (1-2-1) is set to host its annual adidas Gamecock Classic this weekend. Jacksonville (1-3-0), Lehigh (3-0-1) and Presbyterian (0-2-1) will join the Gamecocks at Stone Stadium for the two-day event. The weekend will also serve as the Fall Alumni event for past Carolina men’s soccer players. Game one of the Classic will feature Jacksonville versus PC on Friday at 5 p.m., followed by the premier match of the evening, South Carolina versus Lehigh at approximately 7:30 p.m. The tournament concludes on Sunday with Lehigh versus PC at 12 p.m., followed by Carolina versus Jacksonville at approximately 2:30 p.m. Live stats will be available for all four games of the Classic via GamecocksOnline.com. Alumni weekend festivities begin at 5 p.m. on Friday with a catered tailgate in the soccer stadium parking lot.
Below is a complete schedule of all alumni weekend activities:
Friday Sept. 12
5:00 p.m. Tailgate at the soccer stadium parking lot under the tree. The soccer team will provide food for the event. Alumni are asked to provide their own beverages.
5:00 p.m. Presbyterian – Jacksonville soccer match at the stadium
7:30 p.m. South Carolina – Lehigh at the stadium – at halftime we will introduce alumni at half field, please feel free to bring your families
Saturday Sept. 13
10:00 a.m. Alumni vs. Alumni Kickaround at the Graveyard
3:30 p.m. Kickoff South Carolina – Georgia football game
Sunday Sept. 14
12:00 p.m. Presbyterian – Lehigh soccer match at the stadium
2:30 p.m. South Carolina – Jacksonville soccer match at the stadium
â€¢ Carolina looks to rebound from a three-game winless streak, including one tie and two losses.
â€¢ Sophomore forward Sam Arthur leads South Carolina with six points thus far in 2008. He has scored two goals and tallied two assists.
â€¢ Freshman midfielder Stephen Morrissey tallied his first career goal against North Carolina.
â€¢ Sophomore goalkeeper Jimmy Maurer has played every minute in net this fall for the Gamecocks.
SERIES INFORMATION – LEHIGH
The Gamecocks and Mountain Hawks have met just one time prior to Friday’s match. South Carolina captured a 1-0 victory at Stone Stadium during the 2000 campaign.
SERIES INFORMATION – JACKSONVILLE
Carolina holds a dominant 10-0 advantage in the all-time series with Jacksonville. The Gamecocks collected a 4-0 shutout victory over the Dolphins in the last meeting in 2003.
LAST TIME OUT
South Carolina most recently traveled to Winston-Salem, N.C., for the Wake Forest Deacon Fall Classic, Sept. 5-7. The Gamecocks suffered a 3-1 loss to No. 14 North Carolina and a 1-0 loss to defending national champion and top-ranked Wake Forest during the two-day event. Freshman midfielder Stephen Morrissey tallied his first career goal, while goalkeeper Jimmy Maurer collected eight saves against the Tar Heels and four saves against the Demon Deacons. Both Maurer and Morrissey garnered All-Tournament honors.
South Carolina freshman midfielder Stephen Morrissey tallied his first career goal in Carolina’s 3-1 loss to North Carolina last week. Morrissey, the reigning State of Tennessee Gatorade Player of the Year, has played in all four of South Carolina’s matches this fall and contributed two shots.
CONFERENCE & NATIONAL HONORS
South Carolina sophomore goalkeeper Jimmy Maurer was named to the TopDrawerSoccer.com Team of the Week, while he was also named the Conference USA Defensive Player of the Week on Sept. 2. Maurer collected his sixth career shutout in South Carolina’s 2-0 victory over archrival Clemson in the season opener on Aug. 29, leading the Gamecocks to consecutive shutout wins against the Tigers.