Columbia, SC- The Brown University men's soccer team is set to play in the annual Gamecock Classic hosted by South Carolina at Stone Stadium. The Bears will kick-off at 7:30 p.m. tonight against the host Gamecocks and will then challenge Kentucky at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 18. For information on the teams, live stats, or ticket information you can visit the Gamecock Central Tournament website.
The Bears are coming off a 3-0 week, and are currently 3-1-0 on the young season. The squad most recently captured its second straight Brown Soccer Classic title with a 2-1 win over George Mason last Friday followed by a 2-0 shutout win over Temple. Senior forward TJ Popolizio leads the offense with three goals, including two game winners, and one assist, while senior forward Sean Rosa has contributed two goals on the year. Freshman defender Alex Carr received Ivy League Rookie of the Week honors after helping a stingy Brown defense concede just one goal in its last three games.
South Carolina, under the direction of Mark Berson, heads into the tournament 1-3-1 overall with its lone wine coming against Charlotte. The Gamecocks went 0-1-1 last weekend in Hanover at the Dartmouth Classic earning a 2-0 loss to Dartmouth and then posted a 2-2 double overtime tie against Bradley. Stephen Morrissey leads the attack with two goals, while JP Rafferty, Vance Benson, Bradlee Baladez and Braeden Troyer each have scored one. Alex Long has started all five matches in the net playing 470:00 minutes. He has picked up 15 saves (.600 save percentage) and allowed 10 goals (1.91 GA).
Kentucky has seven games under its belt sporting a 4-2-1 record and has displaced a potent offensive attack that ranks seventh nationally with 15 total goals with forward Tyler Riggs and Matt Lodge ranking No. 3 and No. 4, respectively, in the NCAA in points. Riggs has totaled five goals and four assists to lead the Wildcats, while Lodge has netted five goals and three assists. In between the pipes, UK sophomore keeper Tyler Beadle has saved 15 shots through five starts, posting a 1.60 goals-against average. Backup keeper Jack Van Arsdale owns a 2.00 goals-against average in his two starts filling in for Beadle.