RICHMOND vs. St. Bonaventure
Sunday, Nov. 6 - 1 p.m.
Robins Stadium - Richmond, Va.
Spiders lead series 7-5-0
UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND, Va. - The Richmond men's soccer team returns home this weekend to close out its regular-season slate at the friendly confines of Robins Stadium. The Spiders host Duquesne on "Senior Night" on Friday at 7 p.m. and welcome St. Bonaventure on Sunday at 1 p.m.
TWO SPIDERS TO BE HONORED ON SENIOR NIGHT
With this weekend marking the final homestand of the Spiders' 2011 season, seniors Ben Brewster (New Hampton, N.H./New Hampton School) and Jayson Perez (Pittsboro, N.C./Jordan-Matthews) will be honored prior to Friday's match against Duquesne.
LAST TIME OUT
The Spiders went 1-1 in their Northeast swing last weekend. Junior midfielder Houston Oldham (Nashville, Tenn./Montgomery Bell Academy) scored the squad's lone goal in a 4-1 loss to Rhode Island on Friday before bouncing back with a 2-1 win over Massachusetts the following afternoon. On Saturday against the Minutemen, Oldham scored his second goal in as many days and junior midfielder Justin Chew (Moraga, Calif./Campolindo) netted the golden goal less than two minutes into the extra session. Sophomore goalkeeper Zac Brown (St. Paul, Minn./St. Paul Academy) finished the match with five saves.
SPIDERS BY THE STATS
Spider underclassmen continue to lead the team in the stats column this season. Sophomore Spencer Schiff (Clemson, S.C./D.W. Daniel) leads the Spiders with 11 points on three goals and a team-high five assists, which also rank fifth in the A-10. Freshman forward Timmy Albright (Richmond, Va./Collegiate School) paces the squad with four scores and ranks 10th in the league with 0.31 goals per game.
Freshman Sean Baker (Allentown, Pa./Salisbury) and sophomore Luis Perez (Pittsboro, N.C./Jordan-Matthews) have each secured six points on three goals, with Perez's 38 shots representing a team high and ranking among the top 10 in the conference. Freshman defender Colby Abrahamoff (Davie, Fla./American Heritage School) has recorded six points on two goals and a pair of helpers, while Oldham has secured six points on the year on three scores.
Rookie goalkeeper Thomas Hand (Moorestown, N.J./Moorestown) has
recorded 6.64 saves per game in nearly 1,000 minutes in net this season, which
ranks third nationally. His 73 saves rank 26th among keepers nationwide. Sophomore Zac Brown
has gotten the start in the Spiders' last three matches,
coming away with a 1-2 record over this span.
SCOUTING THE DUKES
Duquesne (7-7-2, 4-2-1 A-10) extended its win streak to four straight with shut outs of Temple and Saint Joseph's last weekend. The Dukes opened the weekend by dropping the Owls, 2-0, on Friday before cruising past the Hawks by a score of 5-0 on Sunday.
The Dukes return just 13 letterwinners from last season's squad that went 8-7-3 (4-4-1 A-10). Sophomore forward Simon Gomez leads the team with 24 points on eight goals and eight assists, while junior forward Joshua Patterson is also a force up front with a team-high nine goals to go with three assists. Senior goalkeeper Colin Thorp has played all but one match in net for the Dukes, recording 52 saves (.743 save %) and allowing just 18 goals (1.15 GAA) over his 15 matches.
Duquesne holds a 5-3-2 lead in the all-time series with Richmond. The Dukes got by the Spiders, 2-1, the last time out a year ago.
SCOUTING THE BONNIES
St. Bonaventure wrapped up its home slate this past weekend with a pair of one-goal setbacks to Saint Joseph's and Temple. The Bonnies were blanked, 1-0, by the Hawks on Friday before dropping a 2-1 decision to the Owls on Sunday.
The Bonnies welcome back four starters from last year's squad that earned a 10-8-1 (5-3-1) record and are led by a slue of sophomores. Midfielder James Reed has found the back of the net a team-best five times this season, while classmate Emmett O'Connor paces the Bonnies with six assists. Midfielder/forward Daniel Iannacito has dished out five assists so far on the season. Goalkeeper Mitchell Mack has played the majority of minutes between the pipes for the Dukes, allowing 25 goals (1.88 GAA) and securing 50 saves (.667 save %) in 13 matches this fall.Richmond owns a 7-5-0 lead in the all-time series with the Bonnies, who tripped up the Spiders by a 1-0 score in their last meeting in 2010.