This past week was one to remember for the Coker University men's soccer team as they upset nationally ranked opponent Lander University 1-0 on Wednesday (Sept. 25), and defeated South Atlantic Conference opponent Mars Hill University 3-0 on Sunday (Sept. 29). The team's confidence is sky high right now as they prepare for two more SAC opponents this week when they travel to face off against the Anderson University Trojans on Wednesday (Oct. 2) at 7:30 p.m., and the Catawba College Indians at home on Saturday (Oct. 5) at 7:00 p.m. at the Coker Athletic Field.
"I'm proud of how we performed as a team this week," said coach Michael antoniewicz. "we must continue to play with the same sense of urgency."
Antoniewicz is stressing the importance of consistency with his team and to not get too confident after wins. Each and every game is important and they cannot afford to underestimate an opponent. The Cobras have been playing great together as a team, led by the offensive attack of Christian Provenzano who has been dominant on the offensive wing.
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Provenzano, a junior forward from Italy, scored the match winning goal versus Lander. Against Mars Hill on Sunday (Sept. 29) Provenzano scored off a free kick and assisted on Lucas Miguel Castrillo's goal. He was named the SAC AstroTurf Men's Soccer Offensive Player of the Week on Tuesday (Oct. 1).
"Christian is an incredibly skilled player," said antoniewicz. "his strength, pace, and overall skill set causes chaos for opponents."
2019 Men's Soccer Roster
0 | Justin Watkins | GK | So. | 6-0 | 160 | McConnells, S.C. | Clover HS
1 | Guilermo Falo Ejea | GK | Jr. | 6-1 | 178 | Aragon, Spain | Marianistas
2 | Adam Garner | M | Sr. | 5-9 | 155 | Liverpool, England | Indian Hills Community College
3 | Robi Obrstar | D | Jr. | 6-2 | 187 | Koper, Slovenia | STS Koper
4 | Steffen Husum | M | Sr. | 5-8 | 170 | Strommen, Norway | Raelingen Videregaende Skole
5 | Morgan Ratcliffe | D | Jr. | 5-11 | 180 | Lancashire, England | Saint Christopher's Church of England
6 | Adam Kennedy | M | Jr. | 6-0 | 178 | Northern Ireland | Georgia Military College
7 | Riccardo Ricci | F | Sr. | 6-1 | 174 | La Spezia, Italy | Saint Leo University
8 | Lucas Miquel Castrillo | M | So. | 5-9 | 154 | Aranda de Duero, Spain | IES Cardenal Sandoval y Rojas
9 | Markos Touroukis | M | Fr. | 5-9 | 160 | Kerkyra, Greece | Daily general Iyceum of Vouliagemni
10 | Christian Provenzano | M | Jr. 5-9 160 Bonassola, Italy | Luigi Einaudi-Chiodo
11 | Jonathan Partlow | M | So. | 5-9 | 155 | Odessa, Fla. | Steinbrenner HS
12 | Quadarius Grate | D | Sr. | 5-10 | 183 | Loris, S.C. | St. James HS
14 | Edward Radley IV | F | Sr. | 5-6 | 135 | Swansboro, N.C. | Swansboro HS
15 | Travis Disher | M | So. | 5-10 | 135 | Sumter, S.C. | Sumter HS
16 | Alvaro Garrido | M | Jr. | 6-1 | 171 | Seville, Spain | Wheeling Jesuit University
17 | Grayson Allen | M | Fr. | 5-10 | 178 | Clover, S.C. | Clover High School
19 | Noah Couch | F | Fr. | 6-1 | 185 | Winston-Salem, N.C. | Ronald Reagan HS
20 | Baffour Dwamena | F | Jr. | 5-8 | 155 | Ghana | Hayfield Secondary School
21 | Adams Ortiz | D | Jr. | 5-10 | 170 | Inglewood, C.A. | Stratford HS
22 | Etzikel Martinez | M | So. | 5-7 | 135 | Kissimmee, Fla. | Harmony HS
23 | Niall Ratcliffe | M | Fr. | 5-10 | 159 | Lancashire, England | Ermysteds Grammar School
24 | Jared Davis | F | So. | 6-4 | 195 | Florence, S.C. | Cheraw HS
25 | Diego Figueroa | M | Jr. | 5-9 | 135 | Mount Pleasant, S.C. | Spartanburg Methodist College
27 | Nicholas Alston | D | So. | 5-10 | 208 | Kinston, N.C. | Bethel Christian Academy
29 | Alex Hansen | M | Fr. | 5-9 | 150 | Augusta, G.A. | Irmo HS
30 | James Hurley | M | So. | 6-0 | 140 | Macon, G.A. | Rutland HS
31 | Sam Pent | M | Fr. | 5-10 | 140 | San Jose, Costa Rica | Lexington HS
32 | Adam Caldwell | D | Fr. | 6-0 | 170 | New Kent, V.A. | New Kent HS
33 | Will DeAngelis | F | Fr. | 5-8 | 150 | Annapolis, M.D. | Chesapeake HS
34 | Jacob Adams | M | Jr. | 6-1 | 170 | Summerville, S.C. | Summerville HS
35 | Samson Story | F | Fr. | 6-0 | 155 | Charleston, S.C. | West Ashley HS
36 | Casey Ly | F | Fr. | 5-4 | 140 | Lincolnton, N.C. | Maiden HS
38 | Mateo Jarmillo | F | Fr. | 5-8 | 120 | Florence, S.C. | West Florence HS
39 | Reilly West | M | Fr. | 6-2 | 150 | Summerville, S.C. | Ashley Ridge HS
40 | Trey Young | F | So. | 5-8 | 135 | Columbia, S.C. | Dreher HS
45 | Jacques Fokam-Sandeu | F | Fr. | 6-0 | 176 | Paris, France | Lycée Evariste Galois
96 | Matthew Wilson | GK | So. | 6-3 | 155 | Little River, S.C. | North Myrtle Beach HS
97 | Zachory Farmer | GK | Fr. | 5-10 | 180 | Hartsville, S.C. | Hartsville HS
98 | Cameron McCracken | GK | So. | 5-10 | 172 | Greer, S.C. | Greer Middle College Charter HS
99 | Giancarlo Martinez | GK | Jr. | 6-2 | 160 | Alameda Jacarandas, Guatemala | IMG Academy
2019 men's soccer schedule
Home Games | *South Atlantic Conference
9.7 | at Francis Marion | 5-0 L
9.11 | at Belmont Abbey | 4-0 W
9.14 | Mount Olive | 4-1 W
9.18 | Wingate * | 3-2 L
9.21 | Shaw | 1-0 W
9.25 | Lander | 1-0 W
9.29 | at Mars Hill * | 3-0 W
10.2 | at Anderson (S.C.) * | 7:30 PM
10.5 | Catawba * | 7 PM
10.12 | Carson-Newman * | 2:30 PM
10.16 | Newberry * | 4:30 PM
10.19 | at Queens (N.C.) * | 7:30 PM
10.27 | at Tusculum * | 4:30 PM
10.30 | Francis Marion | 7:00 PM
11.2 | Lincoln Memorial * | 3:30 PM
11.6 | at Lenoir-Rhyne * | 7:30 PM
2019 statistical leaders
5 - Christian Provenzano
4 - Jacques Fokam-Sandeu
2 - Riccardo Ricci
2 - Lucas Miquel Castrillo
1 - Robi Obrstar
1 - Etzikel Martinez
2 - Jacques Fokam-Sandeu
1 - Adam Garner
1 - Robi Obrstar
1 - Adam Kennedy
1 - Markos Touroukis
1 - Christian Provenzano
40 - Guilermo Falo Ejea
4 - Guilermo Falo Ejea
The Anderson University Trojans are 3-3-1 on the season with a 0-2-1 record in South Atlantic Conference play. Last year the Trojans finished 11-6-3, going 5-2-3 in the SAC and reaching the NCAA Southeast Regional Semifinal.
Prior to the season, the Trojans were projected to finish third in the SAC with four players named to the Preseason All-Conference teams. Goalkeeper Gal Elyashiv and Lucas Mostajo were named to the first team, while Ryan Tryer and Harry Ward were selected to the second team.
"Anderson Is a great, all-around soccer team," said antoniewicz. "They have talent in all areas of the field and will be a great test for our team."
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Harry Ward, a junior defender from Georgia, is the leading goal scorer for the Trojans with three goals on the season. Ward scored a match tying goal to force overtime against Carson-Newman University last week. He was named to the preseason SAC All-Conference second team prior to the season.
The Catawba College Indians are 4-2 on the season, currently with a 1-1 record in South Atlantic Conference play with a win over Mars Hill University and a loss to Queens University. Last season the Indians finished with a record of 3-12, going 0-10 in SAC play.
Prior to the season, the Indians were selected to finish 11th in the South Atlantic Conference. Senior Hunter Faust was named to the preseason SAC All-Conference second team. The Indians are coming off a 5-3 victory over Shaw University on Saturday (Sept. 28).
"Catawba has played very well lately," said antoniewicz. "they have a great scoring attack and will provide us with great competition at home on alumni weekend."
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Keenan Tucker, a junior midfielder from England, is the leading scorer for the Indians with three goals on the season. All three goals for Tucker have come in the last two matches. The Cobras will have to keep him contained in order to pick up another win on Saturday (Oct. 5).
watch live on the cobras sports network
Can't make it to the game? Catch all of the action on the Cobra Sports Network via Stretch Internet at the link below. You can also download the South Atlantic Conference app to watch all of Coker's home games! Just search "South Atlantic" and download the app to your device. The app is available on Apple TV, Roku, Amazon, and Android TV.