The Georgia Gwinnett men’s soccer team is looking to turn the momentum back in its favor on Saturday against West Virginia Tech with a win after dropping its last two matches to No. 25 Hastings (Neb.) and Concordia (Neb.).
The Grizzlies, who boast a 27-9-5 record at the Grizzly Soccer Complex, hope to use their home field advantage against the Golden Bears as GGC has outscored its opponents in Lawrenceville 8-1 this season.
The Grizzlies (3-2-1) will rely on senior goalkeeper Lewis Sharpe to have a big match in goal as the Durham, England, native has tallied 22 saves while posting a .990 goals per game against average through six matches.
Junior midfielder Jack Gurr leads the Grizzlies’ offense with three goals, two assists, and 17 shots, eight of which have been on goal. The Newcastle, England, native ranks 11th in the NAIA in game-winning goals (2) and 50th in points (8).
Sophomore defender Andrew White continues to provide leadership for the Grizzlies as the anchor of the defensive backline. The Grizzlies have outscored their opponents 8-6 through five matches.
WVU Tech (4-1-1) has had a mirrored season to that of the Grizzlies. The Golden Bears began the 2016 season with a 3-2 win over No. 19 Cumberland (Tenn.), a draw against Spring Arbor (Mich.), and back-to-back wins against Keiser (Fla.), 2-1, and Bluefield (Va.), 4-0. Since then, WVU Tech has split its last two matches, falling to Bryan (Tenn.), 3-1, while defeating Shawnee State (Ohio) 2-0. Through six matches, WVU Tech has outscored its opponents 12-6. The Golden Bears are led by the four-way scoring threat of Matias Pazos, Francisco Neto, Ignacio Tellechea, and Eduardo Gutierrez, as each has tallied two goals on the season.
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photos by Rob Reilly, GGC’s Official Photographer