Four Nationally-Ranked Teams Highlight #ASunMSoc Week 4

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

MACON, Ga. - Nineteen games highlight the Atlantic Sun men's soccer schedule this week with four matches against Top-25 nationally ranked teams and seven against regionally-ranked squads.

The matches against four Top-25 teams begins on Friday for A-Sun squads as FGCU travels to No. 6 Washington. On Saturday, Mercer squares off with No. 16 UAB before its match against No. 20 Memphis on Tuesday. Also on Tuesday, USC Upstate takes on No. 4 Clemson at 7 p.m.

North Florida remains as the lone unbeaten conference team at 3-0-1 with matches at FIU and FAU this weekend.

A-Sun Men's Soccer Weekly Notes (#ASunMSoc):

  • North Florida extended its historic start with a 4-1 win vs. UNC Asheville on Saturday to push its record to 3-0-1. The last time an Osprey squad had four wins in its first five contests was 1996 when UNF started 7-1-0.
  • ETSU continued its difficult schedule to open the season with a scoreless vs. Memphis, a regionally-ranked team, before defeating No. 8 UAB on the road, 1-0. The Buccaneers have now faced five NSCAA regionally-ranked teams to open the season. The Bucs sit at 2-1-2 for the year despite only scoring one goal.
  • Ryan Coulter, the A-Sun Defensive Player of the Week, has 19 career shutouts in his three years at ETSU, which is tied for third-most in A-Sun history. Several other goalkeepers are racking up shutouts in their career:

  • Mercer's junior goalkeeper, Greg Ranjitsingh has 181 career saves for most among active A-Sun players. Ranjitsingh needs 38 saves to tie former Hatter keeper, Derek Alexander (1993-96) for 23rd most saves in A-Sun history.
  • ETSU landed in a tie at No. 8 in the NSCAA South Region poll after a 1-0-1 week, while North Florida continued to earn votes in the ranking. This week, A-Sun teams square off against six regionally-ranked opponents in seven contests. (List Below)
A-Sun Men's Soccer Teams vs. NSCAA Regionally-Ranked Teams
Game Day A-Sun Team NSCAA Opponent Ranking
9/20 - 7 p.m. Jacksonville at FAU No. 9 in Great Lakes
9/20 - 7 p.m. at ETSU Furman No. 5 in South
9/20 - 10 p.m. FGCU at Washington No. 3 in Far West
9/21 - 8 p.m. Mercer at UAB No. 2 in Midwest
9/22 - 2 p.m. North Florida at FAU No. 9 in Great Lakes
9/24 - 7 p.m. USC Upstate at Clemson No. 3 in South
9/24 - 8 p.m. Mercer at Memphis No. 4 in Midwest

  • Three players are tied for the league lead in goals at four; FGCU's Felipe DeSousa, Lipscomb's Omar Djabi and Mercer's Ehjayson Henry. LU's Djabi is tops in the A-Sun for points with nine and also is best with his two game-winning goals.
  • FGCU travels cross country for its next two matches; at No. 6 Washington and at Seattle. The 5,238-mile round trip is the longest of the season for any A-Sun squad. The road trip continues for the Eagles after returning from Seattle as FGCU heads to road matches against Penn and Princeton the following week.
  • USC Upstate's Dave Musambi continues to lead the league in shots fired. The forward is averaging five shots per contest for a total of 20. His strategy is paying off as Musambi has netted three goals in four games for the Spartans.
  • Mercer's Ehjayson Henry, the A-Sun Player of the Week, netted two goals over the weekend to push his career total to 14; second-most among active A-Sun players. Check out below how he stacks up against other active A-Sun student-athletes.
Atlantic Sun Men's Soccer Career Active Leaders - Offensive Stats
Goals Assists Points
David Geno, ETSU (23) Joey Heavner, Mercer (17) David Geno, ETSU (62)
Ehjayson Henry, Mercer (14) David Geno, ETSU (16) Ehjayson Henry, Mercer (33)
Nick Rodriguez, Jacksonville (11) Itode Fubara, ETSU (11) Nick Rodriguez, Jacksonville (30)
Felipe DeSousa, FGCU (11) Blaike Woodruff, ETSU (10) Ryan King, Mercer (28)
Ryan King, Mercer (9) Ryan King, Mercer (10) Itode Fubara, ETSU (25)
Dave Musambi, USC Upstate (9) Nick Rodriguez, Jacksonville (8) Three tied with 23

  • Northern Kentucky's Caleb Eastham netted both of the Norse goals last week including the game-winning goal vs. Loyola in the 30th minute. His three goals this season leads NKU and is tied for fourth in the A-Sun.
  • Two matches are scheduled to be shown on ASun.TV this week as USC Upstate hosts Wofford and Mercer faces Gardner-Webb. Both match are slated for 7 p.m. kick-offs on Wednesday. FGCU's match vs. No. 6 Washington can be viewed on the Pac-12 Network.

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