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UMass Men's Soccer Faces U-17 National Team On Saturday In Florida

Head Coach Sam Koch leads the Minutemen against the U.S. U-17 National Team this Saturday.

Head Coach Sam Koch leads the Minutemen against the U.S. U-17 National Team this Saturday.

May 4, 2005

AMHERST, Mass. - The University of Massachusetts men's soccer team will face the U.S. National Under-17 squad this Saturday in Bradenton, Fla. The U-17 team is currently 5-2 against collegiate squads and recently qualified to compete in the 2005 FIFA World Championships after beating Costa Rica to improve to 4-0-1 in international play. The Minutemen played defending Ivy League Champions Dartmouth to a 0-0 tie last weekend in the New Balance SoccerFest.

Against Dartmouth, the Minutemen gave a solid defensive effort as they held the Big Green to a limited number of scoring opportunities and received excellent play from sophomore goalkeeper Nick Billman (St. Louis, Mo.).

Offensively, junior Oral Bullen (Brooklyn, N.Y.) and freshman Matty Lemire (Ipswich, Mass.) both had near goals but were not able to finish.

Bullen worked his way free of the Dartmouth defense and let loose a shot towards the goal, but it sailed just high of the cross bar. LeMire's point-blank shot on goal was stopped by a terrific save by Big Green goalie Rowan Anders to ensure the draw.

The U-17 National squad currently sports a 15-6-3 overall record having started their season in mid-January. They have defeated Virginia (3-1), Notre Dame (3-1), South Florida (3-1), Davidson (3-1) and most recently Wisconsin (2-1), while taking losses to UNC Wilmington (0-1) and Wake Forest (0-2).

Complete information on the U-17 National Team can be found at www.ussoccer.com.

 

 

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