Final Road Trip Of The Season Set For Men's Soccer
Oct. 20, 2011
AMHERST, Mass. - The UMass men's soccer team is slated to travel to Duquesne and St. Bonaventure this Friday and Sunday for its final road trip of the 2011 regular season. The matchup with the Dukes is set for 7 p.m. on Friday, while UMass will then travel to Olean, N.Y. to face the Bonnies at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday. The Minutemen are coming off a 1-0-1 weekend, while picking up a victory over Atlantic 10 foe Fordham and currently sit fifth in the A-10 standings at 2-1-1 in conference play.
UMass comes into the weekend with a 3-1-1 record in the squad's last five games, with victories coming over then #19 Bradley, Saint Louis, and then #3 NSCAA regionally-ranked Fordham. In A-10 play, the Minutemen have fared well, garnering wins over Saint Louis and Fordham, with the only loss coming against then #14 Charlotte.
UMass ranks fifth or higher in a series of categories among conference opponents, including fourth in goals against average (1.16), fourth in corners (4.79), fifth in goals allowed (1.21), and fifth in shutouts (0.29).
The Minutemen's eight goals have been scored by five different players, led by Brett Canepa's three scores and seven points. Canepa has scored a goal in three of the last five games for UMass. Josh Schwartz has tallied two goals for four points, while Bryant Craft, Andrew Henshaw, and Matt Keys each have a goal on the year. In net for the Minutemen, Shane Curran-Hays has started 12 games and has logged 55 saves, contributing to a .821 save percentage.
Duquesne enters the weekend on a two game losing skid, with setbacks coming at #15 Charlotte and at Saint Louis. The Dukes hold a 3-0-2 record at home, but have yet to record a conference victory on home turf in 2011. With an A-10 record of 0-2-1, Duquesne's only point came with a 1-1 tie against St. Bonaventure on Oct. 7. The Dukes are led by Simon Gomez who has logged four goals and four assists for 12 points. Colin Thorp has played 11 games in goal, tallying 36 saves contributing to a .679 save percentage.
Level with Duquesne in the Atlantic 10 standings, St. Bonaventure enters weekend play having suffered losses at Charlotte and at Saint Louis, while pulling out a tie against the Dukes. The Bonnies are 0-2-2 in their last four matches, as the Olean, N.Y. squad opens a four game home stand starting this weekend with Rhode Island and UMass coming to town. With five goals and 11 points, James Reed leads the Bonnies in both categories this fall. St. Bonaventure's 13 goals have been scored by six different players. In between the pipes Mitchell Mack has seen the majority of the action through ten games. Mack has accumulated 39 saves while recording a .639 save percentage.
After concluding this weekend's final road trip of the season, UMass returns to Rudd Field for three matches with George Washington, Richmond and Rhode Island coming to town.