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