ATHENS – The University of Georgia soccer team (3-0-0) will play its fourth game in seven days on Friday night as the Bulldogs host the College of Charleston (0-1-0). Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m. under the lights at the Georgia Soccer Complex on South Milledge Avenue. The Soccer Dogs look to make it four straight wins to open a season for the first time since the 1997 squad began the season with six straight victories.
"Kevin Dempsey is a very good friend of mine," said head coach Patrick Baker. "He is one of the best young coaches in the country. You always know his teams will be fit, organized and will play the game of soccer the way it was meant to be played. They are coming off of a heart breaker at N.C. State to open their season, so I'm sure they will be ready to bounce back and take on an SEC team. They were one of our few opponents in the spring and we had to come from behind just to manage a tie against them. We know they are very capable and they have our utmost respect."
The College of Charleston began its season on Sunday with a tough 1-0 double-overtime loss at N.C. State. In two previous exhibition games, the Cougars posted a pair of wins, one at Charlotte by a score of 2-1, followed by a 2-0 shutout of Campbell at home. In Georgia's preseason exhibition, the Bulldogs downed N.C. State 2-0.
Georgia has faced the Cougars twice before, with the Bulldogs coming up on the winning end of the decision both times. Their last meeting was in the 2000 season, when Georgia posted a 7-1 victory in Athens. Charleston is Georgia's second Southern Conference opponent of the season. The Soccer Dogs hold an all-time record of 15-0-1 against the SoCon, including a 6-0 win over Georgia Southern to open the 2005 season.
Georgia still has yet to give up a goal on the season. With a 5-0 win over Louisiana-Monroe in a tough midweek game, the Bulldogs improved to a perfect 3-0 record with three shutouts.