COLUMBIA, S.C. – The 25th-ranked South Carolina men’s soccer team (4-3-1) is set to host Davidson College (1-6-1) on Saturday in its final non-conference tune up before starting Conference USA play next week. The match is slated to start at 1 p.m. due to the 7 p.m. kickoff at Williams-Brice Stadium. South Carolina holds an 18-6-1 advantage in the all-time series with Davidson, which dates back to the 1981 season. Carolina has won the last three meetings between the two schools, including a 3-1 victory at Stone Stadium during the 2006 campaign. Fans are invited to begin their Saturday tailgate festivities at the soccer game, as a select number of free hot dogs and drinks will be available for fans at the soccer parking lot prior to kickoff.
â€¢ South Carolina has won three of its last four games, all three shutout victories. â€¢ Sophomore forward Sam Arthur leads the Gamecocks with eight goals in eight games this season.
â€¢ Senior striker Kevan Hawkins tallied the first multi-goal performance of his career against Charleston last Friday. Hawkins has two goals on nine shots thus far in 2008.
â€¢ Sophomore goalkeeper Jimmy Maurer has collected four shutouts this season entering Saturday’s match against Davidson.
ARTHUR COLLECTS NATIONAL HONORS
Sophomore striker Sam Arthur was named to the CollegeSoccerNews.com, TopDrawerSoccer.com and Soccer America Teams of the Week after leading the Gamecocks to victory over College of Charleston with two goals, including the game winner, last Friday. The award marks the second-consecutive week that Arthur has been selected to the TopDrawerSoccer.com squad. The effort against Charleston marked the third-consecutive game in which Arthur contributed two goals, while he collected all three game winners during the stretch.
GAMECOCKS DOMINATE C-USA WEEKLY HONORS
Sophomore striker Sam Arthur was named the Conference USA Co-Offensive Player of the Week, while classmate and goalkeeper Jimmy Maurer was named Defensive Player of the Week, as announced by the league office on Monday. The duo led the Gamecocks to victory over College of Charleston with two goals and six saves, respectively, last Friday, marking Carolina’s first win over a ranked opponent and first road victory of the season. The league honor is the first of the year for Arthur, while Maurer has collected three of four possible Defensive Player of the Week awards this season.