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Men’s Soccer @ Binghamton Preview (AEC Quarterfinals)

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Projected Starters:

#5 UMBC (12-5-0, 3-4):
F- Andrew Bulls (15 goals, 10 assists, 40 SOG)
F- Levi Houapeu (14 goals, 11 assists, 30 SOG)

M- Dustin Dzwonkowski (3 goals, 2 assists, 5 SOG)
M- Dave Vaeth (0 goals, 2 assists, 2 SOG)
M- John Paul Waraksa (0 goals, 3 assists, 0 SOG)
M- Milo Kapor (1 goal, 3 assists, 11 SOG)
B- Sean Rothe (17 Starts)
B- Chris Williams (12 Starts, 1 goal)
B- Liam Paddock (16 Starts)
B- Vince Savarese (17 Starts)
GK- Phil Saunders (60 Saves, 20 Goals against, .750 save%)

Key Reserves:
F- Matt Knight (3 goals, 2 assists, 5 SOG)
M- Andy Streilein (1 goal, 1 assists, 4 SOG)
M- Mark Lubetkin (0 goals, 4 assists, 2 SOG)
B- Joe Green (10 games played)

#4 Binghamton (9-8-1, 4-3-0):
F- Jake Keegan (6 goals, 3 assists, 42 Shots)
F- Andy Tiedt (2 goals, 0 assists, 27 Shots)
M- Greg Mathers (2 goals, 0 assists, 14 Shots)
M- Matt Robertson (0 goals, 1 assist, 1 Shot)
M- Scott Zobre (2 goals, 4 assists, 32 Shots)
M- Chris Terry (0 goals, 0 assists, 3 Shots)
B- Kyle Manscuk (18 Starts, 3 goals)
B- Liam Carson (18 Starts, 1 goal)
B- Kyle Kurcharski (18 Starts, 2 goals)
B- Austin Hughes (6 Starts)
GK- Jason Stenta (85 Saves, 19 Goals Allowed, .817 save%)

Key Reserves:
F- Adam Whitehead (1 goal, 1 assist, 15 Shots)
M- Tyler Bailey (2 goals, 1 assist, 9 Shots)
M- Joel Collins (13 Games Played)
B- Yusuf Yusuf (13 Games Played, 1 goal)
B- Josh Sailar (13 Games Played, 1 goal)
B- Austin Hughes (12 Games Played)

Expect a little bit of change for the Retrievers for this game. The last two games the team has not played well at all and if they lose, there is no tomorrow. this is where they get their best players on the field to try and win and advance to the next round.

The forward position is set, Bulls and Houapeu are first team all-conference players for a reason, they are good. Both have had brilliant games this season and both have had bad games this year, but there is nobody on the team that puts the Retrievers in a better chance to win at forward.

The midfield is where you should see some shuffling. While Chris Williams is making his return at back Sean Rothe no longer has to be his replacement, but Jason McCarron is still suffering from his injury suffered mid way through the season and probably won’t see the field because of it, so Rothe will have to stay in the back as the fourth guy, but he won’t be afraid to take the ball up the field if he sees his chance.

Dustin Dzwonkowski has really shined lately. In the two losses to close out the season he was one of the better players on the field and has worked his way into the starting lineup. Mark Lubetkin and Andy Streilein however have worked their way out of it. Each have had great moments but in the last two games (heck I’ll even through in Albany) they did not have good games at all, but they should still see the field during the game. While Milo Kapor and John Paul Waraksa have been rocks in the midfield this year the fourth guy should be Dave Vaeth, who has been playing well in practice and may be ready to step up and take over a starting role for this post season.

The last time the two teams played Binghamton routed the Retrievers 4-0, so it will be tough for UMBC to come back from that since it was also their last game (and it is in the same place). Jake Keegan has come on strong lately and will be the Bearcat’s go-to-scorer. But what makes Binghamton so dangerous is their defense. Kyle Manscuk, Kyle Kucharski, and Liam Carson are three of the top defenders in the conference while Jason Stenta has been on of the top goalies in the conference four a while, but the three field players are all dangerous on the offensive end as well while their midfielders are perfectly capable of stepping back and defending well if one takes the ball up the field.

But it is a do or die situation for both teams and the last game doesn’t matter, they win and they go one, they lose and they go home.