The Statesmen, entering the day ranked 10th in the South Region of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America/Continental Tire College Poll, played tough against the University of Alabama-Huntsville Chargers and won 2-0 to improve to a perfect 2-0 in the GSC. The win was also DSU’s fifth in a row as the team is 5-1 overall. The win streak ties a school record. The Chargers fell to 0-5 with an 0-2 mark in the GSC.
“They’ve done really well,” Statesmen head coach Matt Watts, who’s in his second year with the program, said. “I’ve been really impressed with them because we’ve got plenty of freshmen and 16 new players. The boys have worked really hard and the results are well deserved. I’ve been happy with them.”
The Statesmen scored both of their goals in the first half. At the 10:35 mark in the first half, DSU sophomore midfielder Sebastian Ridout hit the back of the nets for the first goal of the game. On the play, freshman forward Caue Da Silva and junior midfielder Daniel Deblaere earned assists on the score.
At the 19:36 mark in half, the Statesmen went up 2-0 after Da Silva scored his eighth goal of the year. Luke Mason earned the assist on the play.
The Statesmen weren’t able to score any more goals, but the defense was tough enough as the Chargers were shut out.
DSU goalkeeper Milos Boskovic played great as he recorded two key saves in the second half to help preserve the victory. Boskovic finished the games with three saves and earned his first shutout of the season in the nets. Boskovic has started all six games for DSU.
“The big reason we brought him here is he’s a leader,” Watts said about Boskovic. “He organizes his backline and makes saves when he needs to.”
On Monday, the good news for DSU soccer continued to pour in as Da Silva was named GSC Player of the Week for a second straight week to make him the first Statesman to accomplish that honor on consecutive weeks.
Da Silva has had a great year as he is third in the nation in goals. He is also the only DSU player to score three goals in a game in a season or a career.
In fact, he earned both hat tricks in back-to-back games against Mississippi College and Shorter.
“He’s done fantastic for us so far,” Watts said. “That’s what we brought him in to do, and he’s doing really well for us right now. He understands to get in those positions to score, he has to have good players around him. He’s very humble in regards to that. He’s a team player and a great addition to the squad. The whole team has come together really well.”
Da Silva has scored at least one goal in four of DSU’s six games this season and is also ranked fourth national in total points (17), fifth in goal per game (1.33) and seventh in points per game (2.83).
DSU will return to action on Friday when the team travels to Livingston, Ala. to take on West Alabama in a GSC showdown set for 7:30 p.m.