Originally created 11/07/96

Augusta State shuts out USC-Aiken

Brett Collett collected a record-setting shutout Wednesday as Augusta State defeated USC-Aiken 3-0 in the first round of the Peach Belt Conference soccer tournament.

Collett, a senior from Decatur, Ga., recorded his 11th career shutout to break Randy Meyer's record that was set from 1989-92.

I wanted to do it today," said Collett, "so I wouldn't have the pressure on me pressure to do it over the weekend."

The Jaguars (7-7-1) advance to play UNC Pembroke Saturday in the semifinals of the tournament at USC-Spartanburg. The Pacers end their season at 3-15-1.

In the last meet between the Jaguars and UNC Pembroke, Augusta State lost 4-2.

"That was probably the worst game we played all season," said Augusta State coach Ron Keller.

Collett was relatively untested against Aiken, making only two difficult saves out of four chances.

"It was as easy as I could hope for," said Collett.

The Jaguars gave Collett the lead in the second minute of the game when Quincy Aberdeen scored from the penalty spot after Neil MacDonald was fouled in the Pacers' penalty area.

USC-Aiken had chances to equalize the game but could not find the back of the net. Their best chance came when Danny King pushed past defender Bryan Foley to get off a shot from 20 yards out, but it went right at Collett for the save.

Play remained mostly in USC-Aiken's half of the field as the Jaguars pressured the Pacers defense, but could not score another goal.

"We didn't play as well as we would have liked," said Keller. "We had a lot of players slipping and stumbling because the field was so wet (because of a sprinkler system malfunction)."

Aiken had only 13 players due to injuries and disciplinary suspensions handed down by Aiken coach Ike Ofoje.

"Ike was in tough situation, but we treated this game like it was our last tournament," said Keller.

Denny Faircloth iced the game with a goal and a pass that led to Aiken's James Horton accidentally putting the ball into his own net for the 3-0 final.

Wednesday's game marked the final home game for seniors MacDonald and Kevin Moreland. Both players are from Scotland and before the game the Scottish national anthem was played.

"When the pipes (bagpipes) first came on I was surprised. This was the first time I have stood up straight for the national anthem in a long time," said Moreland. Augusta State 3, USC-Aiken 0

Goals: Quincy Aberdeen, Denny Faircloth. Goalkeepers: Brett Collett (ASU), 4 saves. Jonpaul Figueroa (USC-A) 4 saves.
Records: Augusta State 7-7-1, USC-Aiken 3-15-1. Next: Augusta State vs. UNC Pembroke at USC-Spartanburg Saturday at noon or 2:30 p.m.


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