Pioneers Close Out Regular Season at Mount and Monmouth this Weekend

Oct. 25, 2006

The Set-Up... The Pioneers enter the final weekend of the regular season with a chance at the NEC playoffs still up for grabs. After a win over Robert Morris on Sunday, the Pioneers fell to Army in nonconference action on Tuesday. In the final weekend, the Pioneers visit Mount St. Mary's on Friday and Monmouth on Sunday.

Pioneers Shutdown by Army... Three different Black Knights scored goals as Army beat Sacred Heart, 3-0, in non-conference men's soccer action Tuesday night at Clinton Field.

Last Time vs Mount... The Pioneers and Mountaineers played to a 1-1 tie last year at Campus Field. Jason Tessitore scored Sacred Heart's goal.

Scouting the Mountaineers... The Mount enters the final weekend of the season with a 2-9-4 record and an 0-4-3 mark in NEC play. Vinnie Berry has scored a team leading three goals and three assists, while Steve Cant has a pair of markers and three helpers. Goaltender Mark Murphy has played well in net, posting a 1.48 goals against average.

Last Time vs Monmouth... Each team scored a goal less then two minutes apart in the second half and Sacred Heart and Monmouth played to a 1-1 tie in men's soccer Sunday afternoon at a windy Campus Field. It was the fourth straight game the Pioneers finished with a tie.

Scouting the Hawks... The Hawks start the week ranked #15 in the nation in the most recent NSCAA/Adidas National Soccer Poll. Monmouth is currently tied with FDU for first place in the NEC, with a 6-0-1 record. The Hawks and Knights meet Friday at Monmouth with the winner claiming the number one seed and right to host the NEC tournament next weekend. Steven Holloway leads the Hawks offense with a 15 goals on the year. Goaltender Dan Schenkel has allowed just nine goals in 16 games, a 0.54 goals against average and nine shutouts.

Up Next... The Northeast Conference tournament is next weekend at the home of the highest seed, either Monmouth or FDU. The semifinals will be held Friday with the championship game on Sunday.