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Men’s Soccer vs. Hartford Preview

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Probable Starters:

UMBC (12-3-0, 3-2-0):
F- Andrew Bulls (15 goals, 10 assists, 38 SOG)
F- Levi Houapeu (14 goals, 11 assists, 28 SOG)

M- Mark Lubetkin (0 goals, 4 assists, 1 SOG)
M- John Paul Waraksa (0 goals, 3 assists, 0 SOG)
M- Milo Kapor (1 goal, 3 assists, 11 SOG)
M- Andy Streilein (1 goal, 1 assist, 4 SOG)
B- Sean Rothe (15 Starts)
B- Vince Savarese (15 Starts)
B- Liam Paddock (14 Starts)
B- Jason McCarron (10 Starts)
GK- Phil Saunders (52 Saves, 13 Goals Allowed, .800 save%)

Key Reserves:
F- Matt Knight (3 goals, 2 assists, 7 SOG)
M- Dustin Dzwonkowski (3 goals, 2 assists, 5 SOG)
M- Dave Vaeth (0 goals, 2 assists, 0 SOG)
B- Joe Green (9 games played)

Hartford (6-6-2, 3-1-1):
F- Carlos Villa (8 goals, 1 assist, 25 SOG)
F- Patrick Boucher (2 goals, 2 assists, 5 SOG)
F- Howard Wong (0 goals, 1 assist, 5 SOG)
M- Jamie Thomas (0 goals, 0 assist, 5 SOG)
M- Ivan Guarin (3 goals, 2 assists, 18 SOG)
M- James Stamopoulos (0 goals, 4 assists, 5 SOG)
M- Sam Groves (0 goals, 0 assists, 4 SOG)
B- Bojan Delibasic (13 Starts)
B- Cedomir Tomcic (14 Starts)
B- Jorge Rodriguez (13 Starts)
GK- Nenad Cudic (45 saves, 15 goals allowed, .750 save%)

Key Reserves:
F- Vernon Perinchief (2 goals, 0 assists, 5 SOG)
F- Andreas Blamo (0 goals, 0 assists, 8 SOG)
M- Kevin Hall (1 goal, 0 assists, 3 SOG)
M- Kevin Lewis (0 goals, 0 assists, 1 SOG)
B- Anthony Buehler (10 games played)

It’s no secret what Hartford does to win games. They use their midfield to set up Carlos Villa to score while on offense. By not using the midfielders to attack, they are rarely ever out of position on defense and they prevent the other team from getting into any rhythm at all. The game plan has been very successful for the Hawks in recent years as they have proven to be one of the top teams time and time again. It will be a very interesting game. UMBC is playing great soccer right now and have one of the most explosive offenses in the country with three scorers with the emergence of Dustin Dzwonkowski last week. The problem will be the defense. Villa is without a doubt on of the top players in the conference and is a threat to score every time he has the ball. With Chris Williams not even traveling with the team because of his leg injury the unit will once again be shuffled around. While they have played great team defense the last two games you always have to worry when going against an offense like Hartford’s. But if UMBC can continue their streak and get past Hartford they could be a win (or tie) away from the number two seed.

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