By Jesse Vineyard/GCU Staff
Friday evening at 7 pm, GCU will host the University of Georgia at GCU Stadium for the beginning of a two-game homestand. Not only is this a matchup with an east coast foe, the evening will also include many events and activities for fans to enjoy before and during the game.
Before the game, GCU Club Sports will feature the best it has to offer. There will be a Club Sports Expo at the west side of GCU Stadium where many of the programs will have their own tables with information on how to join their teams.
Over at the GCU Practice Soccer Field (just north of the stadium), kids and local youth lacrosse players can try their hand at a fastest shot competition. The top three winners will be announced during the game, and will receive a prize pack – courtesy of Jimalax.
As well, the national anthem will be performed by members of the GCU Acapella Club, and the GCU Spirit Club will entertain the crowd with their own performance at halftime. If all of that wasn’t enough, the first 500 fans to come through the gates will receive a free pair of GCU Lopes athletic socks.
Scouting the Bulldogs
Traveling from their home in Athens, Georgia, UGA will be entering Friday night’s game with a record of 2-2. The Bulldogs lost their first two games against the University of South Carolina and the University of Florida, but have bounced back with victories in their last two games. UGA defeated now No. 23 Clemson University in overtime, 11-10, and Vanderbilt University, 15-5 – both wins coming on the road.
The Bulldogs employ a balanced offense led by senior attackman Connor Johnson, who is first on the team with nine goals. Sophomore attackman Jack Ryan is next with seven goals, and senior attackman Steven Lee has five.
This will also be the first-ever meeting between the two schools. Lopes’ Head Coach Manny Rapkin has mentioned before about the “grind and gritty” style that many east coast teams play. Against an opponent that GCU has not seen before, the preparation may be the same, but the game plan and execution will be another challenge.
“We’re constantly trying to perfect our craft,” Rapkin said. “We’re constantly working on our technique and details. Everybody who comes into GCU Stadium will be excited to play in front of that crowd, so we have to be ready.”
On Monday at 6:30 pm, the Lopes will take on No. 15 Boston College at GCU Stadium. The Eagles, coached by former GCU standout Louie DeDonatis, moved up nine spots in the most recent poll. Admission to both games is FREE.