October 19, 2011

Soccer Final Regular Season Preview

The Hampden-Sydney soccer team will close out their regular season with three home games in seven days starting this Wednesday with Guilford, Randolph-Macon on Saturday, and Roanoke on Tuesday, October 25.

Hampden-Sydney has proven to be a tough out in their home games, coming in to this week's contests with a 7-0 record at home, the only ODAC team to have won every single contest on their home turf. The Tigers upcoming opponents will be three of the toughest teams they have faced on Miller Field this year.

H-SC is currently in a three-way tie for fifth place along with Bridgewater and Randolph, all having nine points in the standings. The Tigers still stand a chance at being seeded as high as third for the ODAC Tournament, with first and second seed being mathematically unattainable now. Likewise, the Tigers also could mathematically not make the ODAC Tournament if they do not fare well in their final three contests.

Guilford

Guilford comes into Wednesday's contest with a 2-5 ODAC record for six points and sitting in ninth place, one spot shy of earning an ODAC Tournament berth. The Quakers are coming off a tough three-game stretch with an 0-3 record against Roanoke, Eastern Mennonite, and Washington & Lee, the top three teams in the conference after this past weekend's contests. Prior to that, they defeated Randolph-Macon and Virginia Wesleyan. A team that has struggled some on the road, the Quakers are 3-5 in road/neutral site contests.

Freddy Gomez paces the Quaker offense and is one of the top forwards in the ODAC, boasting eight goals and one assist for 17 points. Ronnie Castellanos and Greg Carnovale each have three goals apiece. Peter Truitt has started 13 of 14 matches at goalkeeper and has a 1.12 goals against average along with a 80% save percentage. 

Randolph-Macon

Randolph-Macon starts the week with a 3-2-2 ODAC record for 11 points while being tied with Lynchburg for fourth in the conference. The Yellow Jackets have dropped three of their last four contests, defeating Randolph while falling to Roanoke, Averett, and Guilford. R-MC also sports a 2-3-1 record away from Ashland. Their other two ODAC wins came against Emory & Henry and Bridgewater.

A team that has struggled on offense all year, Randolph-Macon has only scored 12 goals, with seven of those goals coming in just two contests, and has been shut out five times this year. Eleven different players have scored, and Mike Urbanik is the lone multi-goal scorer with two. Tommy Fisher and Rodrigo Walsh each have a goal and two assists. Matty Rocawich has played all but 18 minutes in goal, bringing to the table a 1.51 goals against average with a 76.1% save percentage.

Roanoke

Roanoke has proven to be the class of the ODAC in the regular season. The Maroons sit atop the ODAC standings with a 6-0-1 ODAC record and 19 points. The one tie was a double overtime 0-0 decision against Lynchburg. Since their ODAC opening tie to Lynchburg, Roanoke has reeled off six straight ODAC wins, including an impressive 3-0 victory over second-place ODAC team Eastern Mennonite. The Maroons have been a dangerous team away from Salem, boasting a 7-2 record in away/neutral site matches.

Roanoke is a potent offensive team that has several guys that are capable of taking over a game on the offensive end of the field. Brian White paces the team with eight goals while Drew Claytor (2g, 5a) and Christopher Fisher (3g, 3a) each have nine points. Johnny Hughes and AJ Tierce have three goals apiece while Chris Conover rounds out the multi-goal scorers with two scores. Peyton Lambert leads the team in assist with five while Patrick Bain has three helpers. Avery Makel has played all but 12 minutes in net for the Maroons to bring to the table a 1.11 goals against average and a 74.2% save percentage.