Tonight marks a very special night in the calendar for the Louisiana State University Shreveport men’s soccer team. Back after a five-year hiatus, the Pilots, as they are known around Shreveport, will be looking to dish out a win on this historic night. Scholarship Sports USA holds a particular interest in the game, as their own Zac Gunaratnam-Bailey will line up for the Pilot’s in his first ever collegiate game.
Gunaratnam-Bailey, 19, a flying winger from Oxford, England, was highly sought after in the NCAA D1 ranks, but eventually settled for Shreveport after speaking with head coach Philip Bohn, and seeing the vision his new gaffer was presenting. Zac will become a key component to this Pilot side, and with already a couple of impressive victories in pre-season under their belts, they’ll be confident going into the game against Central Baptist College.
The Mustangs of Central Baptist College went 2-14 in 2016, giving the LSUS a great chance to get off to a winning start. The game will be played in Little Rock, Arkansas at 5pm local time. Callum Morris, Jarrel Grimes, and Corey Laisure will be the key men to watch for the Mustangs as they look to put last seasons torrid campaign behind them.
Zac will wear the #18 shirt, and is in contention to start tonight’s game after receiving treatment for a niggling problem in his knee(s). Be sure to follow SSU on Twitter: @SSUSAOfficial for live updates.
This is what Zac had to say about SSU: "I would recommend SSU to anyone looking to play college soccer, and my experience with them has been nothing but positive. They have been attentive and professional throughout the process, always been on hand to answer any question I may have and have been honest and transparent- it is clear that they really care about you as a student athlete and as a person. On the soccer marketing side they were able to promote me to some top programs at NCAA D1, D2, Juco, and NAIA levels to help me find the best deal and best fit for myself, which is another thing that sets them apart from regular scholarship companies which may not have such a diverse network of contacts. The support system after making the college choice has also been helpful, and the opportunities they provide to transfer when you get out there or to help you find professional opportunities after college is another rare bonus that sets them apart."
We would like to take this opportunity to wish LSUS and Zac the best of luck tonight and throughout the rest of the season. If you're interested in heading to the USA, like Zac, you can get in touch today by simply filling out our FREE online assessment form.