Sept. 6, 2007
The Set-Up... The Pioneer men's soccer team heads up I-95 to play in the Yale Tournament this weekend. SHU will face Dartmouth on Friday afternoon at 5:00 pm and then meet the host Bulldogs on Sunday at 2:30 pm in the weeekend finale.
Pioneers Split Pair For Starters... The Pioneers opened their season with a double overtime loss to Providence, 2-1 Friday afternoon. SHU got their first win of the year in the home opener against Iona on Monday. Junior David Backman scored SHU's only goal againt Providence. Junior Jesper Fredriksson tallied two markers versus Iona. Sophomore Svetozar Gladic had a penalty kick goal in the game as well. Freshman Lusiano Dadario had an assist against Iona, registering his first career point.
Last Time vs Dartmouth... Freshman Jeton Shoshi scored in the 87th minute and Sacred Heart held on for a 1-0 win over Dartmouth in nonconference men's soccer action last year in Hanover. The goal was Shoshi's first as a Pioneer.
Scouting the Big Green... Dartmouth is coming off a 1-0 loss to UMass in their season opener Monday. Junior Sean Milligan anchors Dartmouth's defense in goal, having had several bright moments including a shutout win over Stanford in 2006. Senior captains Ale Frischeisen and Tom Lobben should pair up with sophomores Pumi Maqubela and Donnie Surdoval to form a formidable Big Green backstop. Senior captain Brian Lappas and play of sophomore sensation Daniel Keat anchor the attack for Dartmouth.
Last Time vs Yale... Alex Munns scored three goals and Gage Hills added two as Yale cruised to a 7-0 victory over Sacred Heart on a chilly night at the Soccer-Lacrosse Stadium during the 2004 season.
Scouting the Bulldogs... Yale will have to rebuild alot of their team this year after losing their top three scorers to graduation last spring. The Bulldogs top returning player is senior Jon Carlos who scored two goals and added two assists last year. Senior Erik Geiger is back in goal for Yale. He posted four wins with a 1.51 goals against average and .727 save percentage last season.
The Dynamic Duo... The Pioneers chances for another run to the playoffs are bolstered by a strong core of returning players on both sides of the ball. Up front, sophomore Jason Tessitore returns to lead the attack that he has been the focus of the last two years. A first team All-Northeast Conference selection as a freshman, Tessitore tied for the team lead in scoring as a sophomore, turning in five goals and four assists for 14 points. In addition to Tessitore, the Pioneers also welcome back another big name up front in the 6-4, 215 pound Jesper Fredriksson. Fredriksson burst on the scene last year as led the team in scoring with six goals and two assists for 14 points. He already has a pair of goals this year.
Goalie From Across the Pond... Just as vital to the Pioneer success is their defense, led by sophomore goalkeeper Matthew Jones (Stoke-on-Trent, England) 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. Although he didn't win any awards, Jones had a solid sophomore year as well. He turned in a 1.43 goals against average with a .726 save percentage. Jones posted seven wins, three of which were shutouts.
Up Next... The Pioneers will visit Holy Cross Tuesday night before heading north to face Vermont and New Hampshire next weekend.