The pitch of Berman Field will be illuminated tonight, as the men’s soccer team opens its season against St. Bonaventure (0-3-1) at 7 p.m. The team will then travel down to Maryland to face Loyola (2-2) for a Sunday contest at noon. With an experienced group of veterans, as well as a strong freshman class, the Red hopes to start the season off on the right foot this weekend.
“We’re excited to play. The guys have had a pretty hard preseason, and it’s been a good preseason, so they’re ready to start. We’re just looking forward to a game,” said head coach Bryan Scales.
While this will be the first game for the Red, both St. Bonaventure and Loyola come into this weekend’s contests with substantial game experience.
The Bonnies notched a 2-2 tie against Syracuse on Wednesday, when sophomore Ryan Mahoney scored with three minutes left in the game. Last weekend, St. Bonaventure hosted the SBU Adidas Classic, at which it fell to Albany and Maine.
Senior Jahmal Cameron leads the team in scoring with two goals, while freshmen Kevin Omokhua has a goal and an assist. In goal, senior Mike Krupka has started two games, with junior Sean Eyde also seeing playing time.
Loyola faced No. 1 Maryland on Wednesday, and was shut out, 4-0. They Greyhounds only registered one shot on goal. Loyola went 1-1 in last weekend’s Battle of Baltimore, defeating Navy in overtime, then falling to UMBC. Junior forward Kevin Nash has netted a team-high three goals on four shots, and junior Greg Peters has started all four games, making 18 saves.
In goal for the Red will be a new face, junior David Mahoney, who is a transfer from Brown, while junior Peter Francis serve as the backup.
“Both those guys have had a good preseason, and David’s been sharp, so right now he’s the starting guy,” said Scales. “Peter, along with two of the freshmen will compete for the starting spot. We’re pleased with all of their progress.”
With three preseason games under its belt, the Red is ready for this weekend’s battle-tested opponents.
“I think they’re read to go, it’s a matter of them being able to make adjustments during the game.” Scales said.
“I’m very comfortable with having our experienced guys making the decisions out there.”
The booters hit the road next weekend for the Bradley Invitational in Illinois, where the team will face Coastal Carolina and Florida Atlantic.
Archived article by Jonathan Auerbach