Final MSOC Homestand Begins With GW & Richmond
Oct. 27, 2011
AMHERST, Mass. - Returning from a four-game road trip, the UMass men's soccer team opens the final homestand of the season this weekend with George Washington and Richmond coming to Amherst. The final three games of the regular season will be played at Rudd Field for Sam Koch's squad, as the 2011 campaign wraps up with a match against Northeast rival Rhode Island on Nov. 15. The Minutemen are coming off a 0-1-1 weekend with a 4-0 loss at Duquesne and 0-0 draw at St. Bonaventure.
UMass enters weekend with a 3-2-2 record in the squad's last seven games, with victories coming over then #19 Bradley, Saint Louis, and then #3 NSCAA regionally-ranked Fordham. Currently, Koch's squad sits ninth in the Atlantic 10 standings. In conference play, the Minutemen have picked up victories over Saint Louis and Fordham, while logging draw against La Salle and St. Bonaventure. The team's two A-10 losses have come against then #14 Charlotte, and Duquesne.
UMass ranks fifth or higher in a series of categories among conference opponents, including fifth in goals against average (1.24), fourth in corners (4.75), and fourth in shutouts (0.31).
The Minutemen's eight goals have been scored by five different players, led by Brett Canepa's three scores and seven points. The Hingham, Mass., native is tied for second most game winning goals in the A-10 this season with three. 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 14 games and has logged 66 saves, contributing to a .805 save percentage. Curran-Hays posts the third-best save percentage of any keeper in the Atlantic 10 thus far this season.
George Washington is coming off a single game weekend, as the Colonials were able to notch a 2-0 victory last Saturday against Richmond. The Colonials are led by two of the A-10's best strikers in the forms of Yoni Berhanu and Seth Rudolph. Each has logged six goals and three assists for 15 points. The duo is tied for second in the conference in goals (6) and in goals per-game (0.46). Time between the pipes has been split near evenly between Brendan Lafferty and Alejandro Almodovar. Both keepers have started six matches each, as the former has logged 17 saves and the latter 23.
Richmond enters weekend action three spots behind the Minutemen in the conference standings. The Spiders are on a three-game losing streak with defeats coming at the hands of Xavier, Dayton and George Washington. Richmond is backstopped by Thomas Hand in net, recording the second most saves in the A-10 thus far this season with 73. Hand has also managed to record a .695 save percentage through 11 matches. Nineteen goals have been scored by nine different players for the Spiders, with Timmy Albright sitting at the top, adding four goals to compliment two assists for ten points. Spencer Schiff, Luis Perez, and Sean Baker have each tallied three goals apiece.
The Minutemen will conclude the regular season campaign with a matchup against the Rhode Island Rams at Rudd Field on Nov. 15.