Cam Philpot’s first career goal as a Spartan lifted the USC Upstate men’s soccer team to a 1-0 victory Monday evening over the Presbyterian College Blue Hose in the regular season opener at County University Soccer Stadium.
Upstate improves to 1-0 on the season while Presbyterian College falls to 0-2.
STATS OF THE MATCH
- The Spartans held a 16-6 advantage over the Blue Hose in shots after attempting eight each in both halves.
- Philpot and Rinaldi Alphonse both attempted three shots to lead Upstate, while Lennart Gruetzmacher, Victor Borba Labi and Hamilton Gmah had two each.
- Playing in his first collegiate game, goalkeeper Santiago Restrepo recorded his first career shutout after grabbing two saves in net.
- Sergio Pinto had a team-high two shots for Presbyterian College and Christian Evans had eight saves.
- Tonight marked the first season-opening shutout for the Spartans in the Division I era. Upstate last held an opponent scoreless to start a season on Aug. 28, 2005 when it defeated the Blue Hose 1-0 in Spartanburg.
USC UPSTATE GOALS
- Philpot scored his first goal of the season in the 18th minute of play. Presbyterian College turned the ball over on its side of the field as the failed clearance went right to the feet of Alphonse. Alphonse deflected the ball to Philpot, who took a couple of dribbles and scored in a crowd from just inside the 18-yard box. (USC Upstate 1, Presbyterian College 0)
- The Spartans remain at home on Tuesday, Sept. 6 as they host Liberty at 4 p.m.