Wildcats ready for Stony Brook
Published: Friday, October 11, 2013
Updated: Friday, October 11, 2013 02:10
The University of New Hampshire’s men’s soccer team will host American East foe Stony Brook this coming Saturday, October 12, at 7 p.m. on Bremner Field in hopes of continuing its winning formula.
New Hampshire and Stony Brook are both entering their 11th game of the season and second conference game.
The Wildcats are carrying a two-game winning streak into the game with an overall record of 7-3-0 and 1-0-0 in American East conference play, while Stony Brook is coming off a loss and is entering the game with a 5-5-0 overall record and a 1-0-0 record in American East.
This past Tuesday, New Hampshire prevailed in the 64th minute, thanks to Wildcats senior forward Ugochukwu Uche. The goal propelled the team to a 1-0 victory against a difficult non-conference Brown University squad.
On the other side, Stony Brook travelled to West Virginia on Tuesday and lost to the WVU Mountaineers 3-1.
UNH head coach Rob Thompson knows how difficult the conference game will be.
“It all comes down to execution,” Thompson said. “I don’t care who we play, we just need to execute on things well. Being at home is always good, but the game will be close because all conference games usually are.”
Thompson also focused on having some of the team’s better players rested for the upcoming matchup.
“We rested a lot of guys during the Brown game for a lot of reasons,” Thompson said. “It was mainly for us to get some of the players who haven’t seen enough playing time to get a shot at playing, especially against a tough team like Brown. Depth is what I have been striving for all year, and to get a win against Brown is huge. It just further shows we have a lot of good players on the team.”
UNH players to watch:
Sophomore forward Jesus Tedula: the team leader in goals with three, and points with eight. When Tedula scores, his goals happen to be game-winners. Will he come in clutch again this weekend?
Senior forward Ugochukwu Uche: second on the team with two goals. Uche is coming off a stellar game against Brown, including a game-winner. Momentum is on his side, so it would be no surprise to see him on the scoring sheet come Saturday night.
Junior goalkeeper Travis Worra: starting goalkeeper for UNH who has put on a stellar performance in net this season. Worra is 5-1-0 when starting in net, including four shutouts, and an impressive goal against average of .32.
Stony Brook players to watch:
Senior midfielder Will Casey: the team’s go-to scorer, who leads the team in goals with four and points with eight.
Sophomore forward Alejandro Fritz: another solid goal-scorer to watch out for who is second on the team with two goals and points with five.
New Hampshire has yet to give up a goal on home turf this season and has yet to lose or draw. The team is 3-0 at home and has outscored its opponents 6-0.
Stony Brook Advantage:
The Seawolves have not lost to UNH since the 2007-08 season and are 2-0-3 against them throughout the last five years.
Thompson understands that each team has nothing to hide and knows that it’s familiarity of the opponent’s playing style that helps preparation against a conference foe.
“Everyone will be prepared against each other,” Thompson said. “You can’t fool people, especially being in the same conference. The gameplay tapes are there, and obviously having experience in the past against each other is insight. It’s all going to come down who performs better and who has the better game plan.”