Massachusetts enters the final weekend of the regular-season in solid shape in terms of qualifying for the 2013 Atlantic 10 Men's Soccer Championship. The Minutemen will look to maintain their strong home play when they face Dayton on Friday at 3:00 p.m. and No. 22 Saint Louis on Sunday at 1:00 p.m.
The Last Meeting
November 2, 2012
UMass Falls To Dayton, 2-0
The Massachusetts men's soccer was eliminated from postseason contention by virtue of its 2-0 loss at Dayton on Friday. The Minutemen fall to 5-10-2 overall and 2-6 in Atlantic 10 play. The Flyers improve to 10-5-1 and 4-3-1.
The Last Meeting
October 9, 2011
Canepa's PK Gives UMass 1-0 Win Over Saint Louis
Brett Canepa converted a penalty kick in the 50th minute of play giving the UMass men's soccer team a 1-0 win over Saint Louis on Sunday afternoon at Rudd Field. The win moves the Minutemen to 1-1 in the Atlantic 10 after the opening weekend of conference play. Canepa's goal was his second goal of the season - both game-winners.
Both games will have live streaming video and live stats.
UMass enters the weekend in good position to qualify for the Atlantic 10 Championship. The Minutemen are tied for fifth place with nine points and could secure a spot as early as today, depending on how a number of scenarios play out.
UMass has been outscored 27-16 on the season, but has come on strong in league play, posting a 13-12 advantage. Junior forward Josh Schwartz leads the team in nearly every offensive category, including goals, assists, points and shots. Other strong offensive players for the Minutemen include Matt Keys (3 goals/3 assists), Mark Morris (4 goals) and Connor Devivo (2g/1a).
Freshman GK Nick Ruiz has a 1.68 goals-against avg. and has 4.8 saves per game
Dayton (12-2-2, 2-2-2 A-10) enters the weekend tied for seventh with eight points. The Flyers opened the season with 10-consecutive victories - their best start in school history - and climbed to as high as 18th in the NSCAA polls. But they have since dropped out after a .500 mark against A-10 competition. The Flyers are 2-0-2 in overtime contests, with all four going to a second 10-minute session.
Four different players have earned weekly recognition at some point this season. Ryan Peterson and Rafael Gamboa have earned awards from the A-10, while Abe Keller was a Top Drawer Soccer National Team of the Week honoree and Maik Schoonderwoerd was given an honor by College Sports Madness.
Series History With The Flyers
UMass and Dayton are meeting for the 18th time on Friday, with the Flyers holding a 8-7-2 lead. The running score is 25-24 in favor of the Minutemen.
UMass won the first game back on Sept. 17, 1995, 2-0. UD claimed last season's game in Ohio, 2-0 on the final weekend of the regular-season.
The teams have met three times in the Atlantic 10 Tournament, with UMass holding a 2-1 edge in those contests.
About Saint Louis
With a strong overall record of 10-4-2 and a conference record of 4-0-2, Saint Louis is tied for first with George Mason in the A-10 standings. To help boost their A-10 rank, the Billikens defeafted Saint Joseph's last Sunday with a 4-1 win. Prior to the game, Billikens seniors Adnan Gabeljic, Jon Roeckle, Nick Shackelford, and Alex Sweetin were honored as part of Saint Louis' Senior Day. All four seniors contributed to the team's victory with Gabeljic scoring, Roeckle and Sweetin possessing assists, and Shackleford made one save. Saint Louis will finish out their tremendous regular season by playing Rhode Island on November 8 and the University of Massachusetts on November 10.
Junior forward Robert Kristo has scored a total of 18 points, leading the team in overall individual statics. Kristo, scoring four goals in two games last week, was just named Atlantic 10 Conference Player of the week for men's soccer. Kristo will remain to be a key player while closing out the regular season against Rhode Island and UMass and while continuing their season into the A-10 matches.
UMass is 3-2 at home this season and has won its last three on the natural turf of Rudd Field.
UMass has scored 10 goals during the winning streak and has gotten scoring contributions from four different players during that stretch.
Schwartz Named Academic All-District
Junior F Josh Schwartz has been named to the Capital One Academic All-District as announced last week by the College Sports Information Director's of America.
The Annapolis, Md. native was an All-District honoree in 2012 and carries a 3.936 grade point average in biology. He leads the team in points (11), goals (4), assists (3), shots on goal (9) and game-winning goals (1).
Has not made below an A-minus in college with two-consecutive 4.0 semesters. `Schwartzee' is a 4-time A-10 Commissioner's Honor Roll and 4-time Dean's List honoree. He was one of 10 recipients of the Nemours Summer Undergraduate Research Program and is a first author on a paper to be presented at an upcoming Pediatric Orthopedic Society of North America (POSNA) conference in Toronto.
Sunday Is Senior Day
UMass will honor it's three seniors prior to the game on Sunday. Brett Canepa, Connor Devivo and Nigel Negm will participate in the on-field ceremony.