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