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Men’s Soccer vs. Boston U Preview

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Probable Starters:

UMBC (10-3-0, 1-2-0):
F- Andrew Bulls (15 goals, 6 assists, 34 SOG)
F- Levi Houapeu (10 goals, 9 assists, 23 SOG)

M- Sean Rothe (1 goal, 1 assist, 4 SOG)
M- John Paul Waraksa (0 goals, 2 assists, 0 SOG)
M- Mark Lubetkin (0 goals, 3 assists, 1 SOG)
M- Andy Streilein (1 goal, 1 assist, 4 SOG)
B- Jason McCarron (8 Starts)
B- Chris Williams (12 Starts)
B- Liam Paddock (12 starts)
B- Vince Savarese (13 Starts)
GK- Phil Saunders (47 Saves, 11 Goals Allowed, .810 save%)

Key Reserves:
F- Matt Knight (3 goals, 1 assist, 6 SOG)
M- Milo Kapor (1 goal, 3 assists, 10 SOG)
M- Dave Vaeth (0 goals, 2 assists, 0 SOG)
M- Dustin Dzwonkowski (0 goals, 1 assist, 1 SOG)
B- Joe Green (8 games played)

Boston U (7-5-2, 1-3-0):
F- Aaron O’Neal (9 goals, 3 assist, 15 SOG)
F- Stephen Knox (2 goals, 1 assist, 7 SOG)
F- Ade Akinsanya (0 goals, 1 assist, 6 SOG)
M- Rochy Dorman (1 goal, 1 assist, 2 SOG)
M- Samuel Appiah (4 goals, 3 assists, 13 SOG)
M- Michael Bustamante (1 goal, 8 assists, 6 SOG)
M- Ben Berube (1 goal, 4 assists, 14 SOG)
M- Ben Havey (10 Starts)
B- Matthew Shea (13 Starts)
GK- Hrafn Davidsson (44 Saves, 14 Goals Allowed, .759 save%)

Key Reserves:
F- Nick Prunier (1 goals, 1 assist, 5 SOG)
F- Shaun Taylor (9 goals in 2008 injured this season but supposedly making comeback)
M- Tim Strackhouse (0 goals, 1 assist, 2 SOG)
M- Ryan Shea (0 goals, 0 assist, 3 SOG)
M- Theo Terris (10 games played)

With two conference losses the men’s soccer team is in almost a must win against Boston U. Meanwhile the Terriers are coming off three straight conference losses and are practically in a win or go home game. If anybody would have said that this game could potentially kick the loser out of the tournament a few weeks ago I would have laughed. But as we see it is. Part of the reason Boston U and UMBC have struggled in conference play is because they like to play soccer. The America East is a physical conference and if you are a team that likes to use technique and skill to win you will struggle because teams will take you out of a rhythm to beat you. Another reason though is Boston U has been without Shaun Taylor this year, there best player from last year. Though this is supposedly the game he is going to make a return, you don’t know how a player can come back. But the cupboard is far from bare in Boston. Samuel Appiah, Aaron O’Neal, and Michael Bustamante very well may be the best trio of offensive players in the conference. Bustamante runs the team very well and his main targets are Appiah or O’Neal. But not UMBC has something going for them. They are healthy. They played with a very injured team the last two games and now Chris Williams will be back. Jason McCarron and Joe Green and healthy, and Liam Paddock is back from his one game suspension. The only worry is Levi Houapeu has four yellow cards. If he gets anything in the first half he is out for not only the next game but the second half. But UMBC definitely has a shot to win. Andrew Bulls and Houapeu are one and three in the nation in scoring for a reason, and Phil Saunders is making a name for himself in goal. The freshman have been playing well and with the defense back they can compete. They just have to get that confidence back in them to get the job done.


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