Men's Soccer

Preseason Notebook #2: Men's Soccer Faces Providence On Saturday In Final Exhibition Game

Bryan Hogan

Bryan Hogan

Aug. 24, 2007

AMHERST, Mass. - After a week of meetings, weight lifting and more practice, the UMass men's soccer team will face Providence on Saturday afternoon in its final preseason exhibition game. The game kicks off at 4 p.m. at Rudd Field and the Minutemen will sign autographs and give away team posters following the game.

After Monday's win over Long Island in the first exhibition game of the preseason, the Minutemen went back to work on the practice fields and in the weight room to continue preparation for the 75th season of men's soccer at UMass.

Saturday's game will be the first time since 1994 that UMass has faced Providence on the pitch. The game will be a good barometer for the Minutemen as Providence has earned berths to the NCAA Tournament over the last two seasons.

Members of the team will make a special guest appearance at the Hadley SoccerFest from 11 a.m. to Noon and will put on a short clinic, give away posters, and sign autographs.

Later that afternoon, the team will face the Friars and then hold an autograph session for fans at the game. Admission is free to all.

Bob Behler Sits Down With Doug Rappaport
Voice of the Minutemen Bob Behler sat down for an interview with redshirt junior Doug Rappaport who returns to the team after being away from Amherst last season. Rappaport missed the 2006 season due to an ankle injury. He returned home to Tucson, Ariz., for his surgery and subsequent rehab. While rehabbing, he took classes at the University of Arizona and then traveled abroad to Florence, Italy to study before rejoining the team this past spring. You can watch the entire interview here.

NCAA On Campus Visits Practice
The NCAA On Campus television show visited Amherst on Thursday and Friday. The show travels around the country and airs stories and features about collegiate student-athletes and can be seen on ESPNU and ESPN Classic. Part of the show features student-athletes being interviewed about what life is like outside of sports. Sophomores Bryan Hogan, Michael Jejna, and Mark DeSantis and athletic trainer Kristin Wilson were each interviewed and shared "what's on their iPod", "what's on their Tivo", "what's on their reading list", and "what's their favorite thing about being a collegiate athlete". Click Here For The Show's Broadcast Schedule



Season Opener In One Week
UMass kicks off the regular season next Friday, Aug. 31 when the Minutemen head north to face the Maine Black Bears at Alumni Field in Orono, Maine. Kick-off is slated for 3 p.m.

The Blackbears are coming off a tough 0-17-0 season, but return seven starters and 12 letterwinners.

The game will be the season-opener for both teams.

The Minutemen won the meeting with Maine last season by a 2-0 margin as Tony Bassett and Prince Ofosu each netted goals. The UMass defense showed a glimpse of what was ahead in the season with the shutout and keeper Zack Simmons was forced to make just one save on the day.

This will be the 41st meeting between the two programs as UMass owns a 26-13-1 record in the all-time series.


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