MT. PLEASANT, S.C. - The College of Charleston men's soccer team returns home to host UNC Greensboro in a pivotal Southern Conference match on Saturday, Oct. 22 at 7 p.m. at Patriots Point as the two teams vie for position in the SoCon standings.
The Cougars currently sit two points behind UNCG in the standings and would jump the Spartans into fourth place with a win, depending on the results around the rest of the league. The top four teams at the end of the regular season host the opening-round matches of the SoCon Tournament. Teams receive three points for every conference win and one for every tie.
Three of CofC's (5-5-4, 1-1-2 SoCon) past four matches have required overtime with each result coming down to a draw. Most recently, the Cougars battled conference-leading Appalachian State for 110 minutes without a goal to either side. Cougar keeper Kees Heemskerk (Zaandam, Holland) made four saves in the shutout effort.
The Cougars sport the most points per game in the SoCon at 5.93 after tallying a league-best 29 assists this season. The Cougars have 11 different goal scorers on the roster this year.
Freshman Troy Peterson (Federal Way, Wash.) has made an immediate impact on the team and is now tied for the team high in goals with six which ties him for third place in the conference.
UNCG (5-7-1, 2-1-1 SoCon) broke from SoCon play and took a 2-0 loss against Longwood on Wednesday night.
Junior Hakan Ilhan leads the Spartans in goals (6), assists (3) and points (15), while keeper Peyton Ford ranks second in the SoCon with a 0.79 goals-against average. Ford's four shutouts tie him for third in the conference.
The Cougars will stay at home to host Elon on Tuesday, Oct. 25 at Patriots Point before traveling to Davidson for the final game of the regular season on Tuesday, Nov. 1.