BOONE, N.C. – Appalachian State University men’s soccer (1-1-2) returns to the pitch at Appalachian Soccer Stadium on Saturday for a showdown with the Spartans of USC Upstate (0-3-0) at 7 p.m.
The Mountaineers are coming off of their first loss of the campaign when they fell to Radford on the road, 4-2. App State was able to score off of a Harrison Delbridge header that was serviced by Alex Herbst on a corner kick and then Stephen Chapman added a tally produced from a Stanley Broaden cross into the box. For a full recap of the game, click HERE.
SCOUTING THE SPARTANS: Upstate comes into the matchup sporting a record of zero wins and three losses so far this season. One common opponent for both teams has been UNC Asheville. The Spartans struggled against the Bulldogs and fell 2-1, while the Mountaineers dominated for a 5-0 victory over the Bulldogs.
Dave Musambi is the player to watch for Upstate. Musambi has generated half of the goals and assists this season for the Spartans having tallied two goals and one assist on the season. Musambi also leads the team by a wide margin in total shots with 17 – eight of which have been on target.
Keeper Dani Alvarado has played all but 45 minutes this season in goal for the Spartans. He carries all three decisions on his record this season with a 3.19 goals against average, making seven saves and allowing eight goals.
The Mountaineers have only played the Spartans one time before Saturday’s matchup. Both teams played to a two overtime 0-0 tie last season. App State outshot Upstate a year ago by a 17-9 advantage. Danny Free played 110 minutes making five saves in the shutout.
A full recap and final game statistics will be available after the conclusion of the match on Saturday.