September 16, 2008

Men's Soccer Visits Iona and Yale This Week

Sept. 16, 2008

Setting the Scene... The Sacred Heart men's soccer team hits the road to take on two local rivals this week. The Pioneers will head south to take on Iona Wednesday at 3:00 pm. SHU travels up I-95 to face Yale Saturday night at 7:00 pm.

Scouting the Gaels... Iona starts the week with a 3-2 record, having beaten Maine and CSU Bakersfield in the LIU Tournament last weekend. The Gael offense is off a fast start, scoring 12 goals in just five games. Giovanni Destasio leads the team with four goals while Ben Williams has put in three goals thus far, including a penalty kick that was the deciding goal against Maine on Sunday. Nils Binstock is the starting goaltender for the Gaels, having given up eight goals in the season's first five games.

Scouting the Bulldogs... Yale lost a pair of games at the Dartmouth tournament last weekend and sits at 1-2 starting the week. The Bulldogs host Stony Brook on Wednesday before taking on the Pioneers over the weekend. Eric Meyer and Jordan Raybould have scored the two Yale goals on the season. Travis Chulick has taken over as the Bulldogs starting goalkeeper following losses to graduation.

Last Time Out... The Pioneers lost both matches they played last week. Tuesday SHU dropped a 1-0 decision to Holy Cross on a late goal. Friday night, in their first ever meeting with Adelphi, the Pioneers led 1-0 at halftime but were blitzed for three second half tallies and lost 3-1. Sophomore Mario Mililli scored the Pioneers only goal of the week, is first collegiate goal.

Stalwart in the Cage.. Since his arrival on campus, goaltender Matt Jones has been arguably the most outstanding goaltender in the Northeast Conference and one of the best in the region. Jones had an outstanding freshman year, earning second team All-NEC honors as well as a nod to the NSCAA All-New England Men's Soccer Second Team. After a solid sophomore season, he returned to his All-Star form last year, earning First Team All-NEC and Third Team All-Region Honors. Jones finished the season tied for second in the league with seven shutouts. He was also fourth in the conference in save percentage (.833) and goals against average (0.91).

Up Next... The Pioneers return home next Friday, September 26th to take on Dartmouth in their final match before league play begins.