BIG EAST Men’s Soccer Notes for August 28, 2012
Updated men's soccer release for 8/28
Welcome Back to the BIG EAST
Seton Hall scored on a pair of second-half penalty kicks to defeat Army 2-0 on Monday night at Owen T. Carroll Field, giving first-year head coach Gerson Echeverry the first win of his career. Echeverry ranks fourth in school history with 114 points, third with 32 assists and sixth with 41 goals. In 1991, he finished the season third in the nation with 52 points while leading the Pirates to the BIG EAST Championship. For his efforts, Echeverry was named the Most Outstanding Player of the BIG EAST Championship, BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year and a Third-Team All-American.
Villanova will host Stony Brook at 4 p.m. and Syracuse will play at Binghamton at 7 p.m.
In the Northeast Region, seven of the top 10 teams are from the BIG EAST, including the top five. USF is first, followed by Georgetown, Connecticut, St. John’s and Rutgers. Villanova is seventh and Syracuse is ninth. In the Great Lakes Region, there are four BIG EAST teams ranked in the top 10, led by Notre Dame at No. 3. Marquette is tied in fourth with Wisconsin, while Louisville is eighth and DePaul is ranked 10th.
Familiar Face Knocks Off Duke
Senior forward Ryan Finley tallied the gamewinner against RV/No. 21 Duke in the 76th minute on assists from Dillon Powers and Harrison Shipp. Finley, who transferred to Notre Dame from Duke following his sophomore season, had a team-high seven goals last season for the Irish.
Fans in the Stands
The crowd of 1,581 for the Orange’s game against Albany eclipsed the previous SU Soccer Stadium record of 1,493 fans on hand for the opening of the facility on Oct. 5, 1996, versus Notre Dame. Connecticut played in front of a sellout crowd of 5,100 fans on Saturday. UConn finished the 2011 season ranked fourth in the NCAA in average attendance (3,600).
Connecticut Continues Hot Streak at Home
UConn opened the season with a 1-0 victory at home over St. Francis (N.Y.) on Saturday to extend its home unbeaten streak to 26 games. Preseason BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Year Andre Blake recorded the 16th shutout of his career in just 26 games.
BIG EAST Firepower
The five goals scored by Villanova in its opening night 5-1 win at Manhattan were the most in a game by the Wildcats since a 5-0 win over Temple to open the 1998 season. Nine Wildcats were credited with a goal or assist in the contest. The trio of goals scored in St. John’s win against BU were the most scored by the Red Storm in a season-opener since a 3-0 win against Holy Cross on Sept. 2, 2005.
Marquette Opens 2-0
Marquette opened the campaign unscathed with a 2-0-0 record for the first time since the 2000 season with weekend victories over in-state soccer rivals Milwaukee and Green Bay.