Clayton State ready for big soccer weekend

From Staff Reports

It will be “Showdown” Saturday for the Clayton State University men's and women's soccer teams this weekend at Laker Field.

Clayton State will play host to its biggest soccer doubleheader in school history on Saturday, facing off against Peach Belt Conference opponent USC Upstate. Both the men's and women's teams will capture Peach Belt Conference Championships with wins on Saturday.

Kickoff for Saturday's Senior Day games will be 4:30 p.m. for the women and 7 p.m. for the men. General Admission is $5 and children 12-under are free. Faculty, Staff, Students are free with their Laker Card. Clayton State will honor its senior soccer players between games.

Clayton State's women's squad will enter the match with an 11-2-2 record and is coming off a 5-0 victory over over North Greenville on Wednesday. Olaitan Yusuf and Nkese Udoh each scored two goals in the victory, giving them 16 and 14 goals, respectively. Yusuf leads the Peach Belt in scoring, followed by Udoh in second.

The Clayton State women's team will win at least a share of the 2005 title with a win. There are also several other scenarios that could lead to the Lakers winning the championship outright based on how PBC co-leader Columbus State fares with Lander on Saturday.

On the men's side, the 13th-ranked Division II Lakers will enter the match with a 10-3-4 record, squaring off against the nation's fifth-ranked team in USC Upstate with an 11-1-2 mark. Clayton State sits atop the Peach Belt standings with a 4-0-1 record in the league, followed by USC Upstate at 3-0-2. The Lakers will win their second Peach Belt title in the last five years with either a victory or tie against the Spartans.

Clayton State is coming off an impressive 9-0 victory Wednesday over North Greenville, which tied a school record for goals scored and margin of victory in a match.