Soccer Gears Up for Home Opener

Sess Means, Junior Midfielder; Photo Credit: Chris Jenkins, University Relations
Sess Means, Junior Midfielder; Photo Credit: Chris Jenkins, University Relations

COLUMBUS, Miss. – The Owls men’s soccer team will bring the game home on Wednesday, Sept. 6 when it hosts its USCAA sister institution Concordia College – Alabama.

The W enters the match 0-1-1 after a double overtime 1-1 tie at Huntingdon and a 0-2 loss at LaGrange College.

Despite having not yet grabbed a win, the Owls have been working hard and hope to turn the excitement of having their first home game into positive energy for a home opener win.

Defensively, the Owls soccer team is led by freshman goal keeper John McGee. As starting keeper, the Troy, Ill. native has played in both games for 155:00 minutes. During his time on the field, McGee has made 13 saves with three goals allowed for a .813 save percentage.  

In the second half of the LaGrange game, Selvin Lopez entered the game to relieve McGee. Lopez, a freshman from Memphis, played for 45 minutes to make four saves with no goals for a 1.000 save percentage.

On the offensive side of the ball, several Owls have stepped up to battle for The W’s success. Courtland Moore scored the Owls first goal of the season against Huntingdon and Sess Means leads the offense with three shots on goal. Other standouts include Jonathan Lopez and Paxton Bounds who have recorded two shots on goal each. Lopez also leads the Owls with a 1.000 shot on goal percentage.

As a team, the Owls have tallied 18 shots with 11 on goal. The W averages 9.0 shots per game and holds a .611 shots-on-goal percentage. Defensively, Owls average 1.35 goals allowed per game and has recorded 17 saves for a .850 save percentage.

The Owls will face the 2-0 Hornets at the Columbus Soccer Complex at 6 p.m. A live stats link will be provided on the Owls social media pages and on the website when available.

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