After scoring a Division I era school record four goals to lead USC Upstate to a 7-0 victory at Presbyterian Saturday night, freshman forward Gordon Wild has been named the A-Sun Player of the Week for men’s soccer.
“Gordon had an exceptional performance at Presbyterian and I am happy he received the recognition for such a tremendous individual effort,” said Upstate head coach Greg Hooks. “We played well as a team and had several players turn in great performances, but obviously Gordon’s effort was not only great, but something that will go down in our record books. We have seen really good things from him early on and we expect he will continue to improve and contribute even more as the season progresses.”
In just his second regular season game at Upstate, Wild (Steimel, Germany) not only scored his first collegiate career goal, he made history along the way. He scored goals in the 22nd, 42nd, 51st and 86th minutes of the game, the final coming on a penalty kick. His first goal ended up being the game winner as the Spartans routed the Blue Hose.
Wild became the first Upstate player to score four goals in a game in the program’s nine-year stint playing on the Division I level. He also became the first Spartan to score four goals in a game since Gary Lynch found the back of the net four times in a 7-1 victory over Union (Ky.) in 2004, a span of 11 years.
Wild’s exploits, and those of Leon Schwarzer (two goals) and Michelangelo Dovidio (one goal), helped Upstate make program history as well. The seven goals scored on the night marked the most ever scored by the Spartans on the Division I level and the most since scoring eight against USC Aiken in the first round of the 2004 Peach Belt Conference Tournament during the Division II era.
Wild and Upstate return to action tonight when the Spartans play host to VMI at 6 p.m. at County University Soccer Stadium.