ROCK HILL, SC—Looking to hang on for a spot in the 2013 Big South Conference Men’s Soccer Championship, Winthrop hosts Radford on Saturday, Nov. 2 at 6 p.m.
Winthrop is 9-6-1 overall and 3-5 in the Big South and needs to win its final two regular season games to ensure a spot in the conference tournament. The Eagles take on a Radford squad that has defeated them in the regular season three straight times. Winthrop currently sits in eighth place in the conference standings while Radford enters the game in sixth place with an overall record of 6-5-4 and league mark of 3-2-2.
On Wednesday the Eagles were shutout for just the second time this season and the first time in 12 games. Winthrop managed 27 shots, but unable to finish several good scoring chances. The Eagles are in the midst of their longest scoring drought this season, having gone scoreless over the last 170 minutes and 56 seconds. The previous long was 127 minutes and 34 seconds with 110 minutes of those coming at East Tennessee State in a 0-0 draw.
The offense won’t be getting any help as freshman Max Hasenstab is likely to miss his fourth straight game and senior midfielder Mason Lavallet’s return is questionable. Senior Achille Obougou continues to lead the team in scoring with nine goals and two assists while Hasenstab is second with seven goals and five assists. Lavallet along with senior Adriano Negri each have three goals. Senior Adam Brundle has two goals and a team-best five assists while junior Pol Sole’ and freshman Jose Mencia each have two goals.
Defensively the Eagles welcomed back starting outside backs Cody Winter and Pietro Bottari against Gardner-Webb and helped the defense hold the Runnin’ Bulldogs to just one goal after they had scored 14 goals in the previous four games.
Sophomore Fabian Broich remains in goal for the Eagles and continues to play well as he made a couple of saves without giving up rebounds against Gardner-Webb to keep Winthrop within a goal. He has a record of 2-3 with a 1.20 goals against average and .773 save percentage.
Radford has won two in a row and looks for its second road win in league play. The Highlanders have posted three goals in each of the last two games and have recorded shutouts in two of their last three games.
The Highlanders are a senior-laden team as Joe Mayer and Bernado Ulmo are the leading goal scorers on the team while midfielder Luis Grande has a goal and a team-best six assists. Sophomore defender Jamie Summers gets forward well as he’s got three goals and three assists. Ulmo has five goals in his last seven games and three in the last two.
Redshirt senior Dane Wilson anchors a defense allowing just 1.06 goals per game which is second best in the league. Wilson has played every second of the season and has four shutouts on the year.
During Winthrop’s three straight regular season losses to Radford, it has been shutout in two of them and outscored 10-1 in the three games. The last time these two teams met, Winthrop scored a goal in overtime down a man on a goal by Alex Isern that sent the Eagles to the Big South Conference Championship match.
The all-time series is dead even at 14-14-3, but Radford leads the conference regular season series at 14-11-3.