AMERICUS - The Georgia Southwestern men's soccer team had an answer for each of USC Aiken's first two goals on Saturday afternoon, but the Pacers final score in the 75th minute proved to be too much to overcome in a 3-2 loss at Hurricane Field in the Peach Belt Conference opener for both schools.
GSW has lost four of its last five matches and drops to 1-5-1 overall this fall while USC Aiken improved its record to 2-5.
For the second straight match, the Hurricanes fell behind in the opening minutes. USCA scored just over seven minutes into the contest when Samuel Adams knocked in a header off a cross from Ryan Dwyer.
GSW evened the score less than two minutes later as Isaac Avila punched in a rebound off the post, but the match was not tied for long as Roberto Biendicho scored for USCA in the 13th minute. GSW opponents have combined to score five of their 15 goals this season in the opening 20 minutes of play. The Hurricanes trailed 2-1 at halftime.
It was another short-lived tie as USCA notched the game winner in the 75th minute when Kayque Stoffel scored off a breakaway.
Most stat categories ended up being close, as USCA finished with an 18-17 advantage in shots and a 15-11 edge in corner kicks. Fouls were even at 8-8.
Joshua Swift made five saves for GSW and Orlando Maldovan stopped four for USCA.
The Hurricanes hit the road on Wednesday for a 6:30 p.m. Peach Belt Conference match at Flagler College in St. Augustine, Fla.