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Men’s Soccer Travels to James Madison for Sun Belt Contest
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Men’s Soccer Travels to James Madison for Sun Belt Contest

South Carolina Gamecocks (2-5-1, 1-1)
South Carolina Gamecocks (2-5-1, 1-1)
James Madison Dukes (4-3-2, 0-2)
James Madison Dukes (4-3-2, 0-2)
Harrisonburg, Va. | Sentara Park

HARRISONBURG, Va. – The South Carolina men’s soccer returns to Sun Belt Conference action Saturday (Sept. 30), as the Gamecocks travel to James Madison for a 7 p.m. kickoff.

Gameday Information – #WEareCarolina
: September 30 | 7 p.m.
Where: Harrisonburg, Va.
Venue: Sentara Park (1,500)
Live Stats: StatBroadcast
Broadcast: ESPN+
Series History: Tied 0-0-1
Last Meeting: South Carolina 1, James Madison 1 | Oct 23, 2022 | Columbia, S.C.

South Carolina Gamecocks 2-5-1, 1-1 Sun Belt
: Tony Annan | 3rd Season – 12-22-7
Goal Leader
: 2 | Adam Luckhurst and Ethan Dekel Daks
Assist Leader
: 2 | Mika Habel
Points Leader
: 4 | Adam Luckhurst and Ethan Dekel Daks
Shots Leader
: 20 | Ethan Dekel Daks
Saves Leader
: 24 | Ben Alexander

James Madison Dukes 4-3-2, 0-2 Sun Belt
: Paul Zazenski | 6th Season
Goal Leader
: 5 | Clay Obara
Assist Leader
: 3 | Three tied
Points Leader
: 11 | Clay Obara
Shots Leader
: 21 | Clay Obara
Saves Leader
: 31 | Sebastian Conlon

Taking the Pitch

  • This will be the 2nd meeting between the Gamecocks and Dukes.
  • The two teams met for the first time last season.
  • The match was played to a 1-1 draw in Columbia.
  • The Dukes scored in the 33rd minute, but the Gamecocks responded in the 42nd minute with a goal from Adam Luckhurst.
  • All-Time, the Gamecocks are 10-9-2 when playing in the state of Virginia.

Quick Notes

  • The Gamecocks held Georgia State to one shot on goal last Friday night. It was the first time since 2014 (also against GSU), that they’ve held a team to 1 SOG or less.
  • South Carolina defeated No. 24 Kentucky for the first time since 2016 and the first time in Lexington since 2012.
    • It was their first win over a ranked opponent since 2019.
  • Ben Alexander was named the Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Week.
    • He was the first Gamecock to win a Sun Belt POW award and the first defensive player to earn any POW honor since 2017.
  • The Gamecocks tallied four goals in the match against Queens, their first four-goal match since scoring four against Winthrop on Sept. 9, 2022.
  • Carolina also earned five assists in the match, the first time they finished with five in a match since Sept. 5, 2006, against Centenary.
  • This is the 45th season of South Carolina men’s soccer.
  • The Gamecocks have an all-time record of 523-283-83.
  • South Carolina finished the regular season last year leading the nation in average attendance with 2,839 fans per game.
  • The Gamecocks begin their second season in the Sun Belt Conference.
  • Carolina was picked to finish fifth in the conference by the coaches.
  • Peter Clement and Adam Luckhurst will serve as team captains for the season.
  • The roster features 10 newcomers; five transfers and five true freshmen.
  • They return eight starters from a season ago, including four starters in the defensive end.
  • The team return Adam Luckhurst who led the Gamecocks in every offensive category.

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