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Oct. 5, 2007
SPARTANBURG, S.C. - Jack Burridge scored two goals and Landon Fruge' knocked in the game winner as USC Upstate took a 4-2 victory over visiting Lipscomb Friday night at County University Soccer Stadium, giving Upstate the 400th win in the history of the program.
Upstate improves to 1-8-0 overall and 1-2-0 in the Atlantic Sun Conference. It marked the first win for the Spartans as a member of NCAA Division I. Lipscomb falls to 1-6-2 overall and 0-1-1 in the league.
Upstate attacked early in the match and had five shots in the opening 25 minutes of play, but Lipscomb countered after the first 10 minutes of the half to put up four in the first 21 minutes of play. However, Spartan keeper Jason McCabe and Lipscomb keeper Jake Goergen kept each team off of the scoreboard until the 29:00 mark.
At the 29:00 mark, Carter Ridgeway lifted a cross from the left side of the box where Burridge put the header away from 8 yards out over a leaping Goergen. The goal was Burridge's first of the season but not his last of the game. Less than eight minutes later, Troy Simon gained possession of the ball at midfield and made a move past his defender, setting up a 2-on-1 with Burridge and the Bison keeper. Simon played the ball off to his right to Burridge who knocked in the shot from 15 yards to give Upstate a 2-0 lead in the 38th minute.
The teams went into the half with Upstate leading 2-0. The Spartans took 10 shots to Lipscomb's seven in the first half.
Lipscomb struck first in the second half, and it didn't take long. Xander Vooys collected the ball 30 yards out and pounded a line drive shot that skipped off of McCabe's hands and into the goal to cut the Upstate lead to 2-1 in the 48th minute. Momentum shifted to Lipscomb and the Bisons proceeded to put several shots towards McCabe. However, the freshman from Irmo, S.C., kept Lipscomb off of the scoreboard for another 21 minutes.
In the emantime, Upstate regrouped and Gunnar Kristiansson played a ball to Alex Garcez on the left side of the box. Garcev played a one-touch pass over the goal mouth and to Fruge' who put the shot away in the 70th minute to give Upstate a 3-1 lead.
The two-goal lead would be short-lived, though, as Miguel DaSilva struck quickly for Lipscomb. Vooys played a long pass to DaSilva who took possession of the ball on a breakaway and fired a shot into the net past McCabe to again cut the Upstate lead to one goal, 3-2, just a minute later in the 69th minute.
Upstate put the game away in the 84th minute. Simon won a close battle with a Lipscomb defender and took off down the left side of the field on a breakaway. He moved towards the goal and played a cross to David Acosta in front of the goal who took the ball out of the air and flicked a shot into the net for a 4-2 Spartan lead.
McCabe got some help from his defensive mates to keep Lipscomb out of the net in the 82nd minute of play. Lipscomb's Ben Page took a shot from six yards out after the ball bounced around from player to player. McCabe, in position to make a play on the ball prior to Page gaining possession, was not in position to make the save. However, Nick Buxton was there to deflect the shot away and keep Lipscomb off of the scoreboard.
Lipscomb out-shot Upstate 22-15 for the game, though only 13 Bison shots were placed on goal. Upstate put 10 of its 15 attempts on goal. McCabe finished with a career-high 10 saves on the night, while Lipscomb's Goergen tallied six.