HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, VA – The Tiger Soccer team gets their season underway this weekend with two games at Mary Washington University in Fredericksburg, VA. H-SC plays the hosts Eagles of Mary Washington on Saturday at 1 pm then takes to the field on Sunday against Marymount at 3:30. Live stats will be available for both contests.
Mary Washington – 2011 Record: 7-7-3, 5-1-2 Capital Athletic
The Eagles posted a strong 5-1-2 record a season ago in the Capital Athletic Conference, one of the tougher soccer conferences in Division III, under first year head coach Jason Kilby. Mary Washington's offense experienced troubles a season ago, scoring just 18 goals in 17 games, accumulating 47 points. Only one player on the team score more than two goals, then sophomore defender David Heller. The Eagles do return the bulk of their offense as all but one of their multi-goal scorers from 2011 are back in the fold this season.
UMW opponents racked up 23 scores and 65 points. Defensively, the group surrounded a 1.30 goals against average and had two goalies split time in net with then freshman Tyler Back and 2011 sophomore Blake Weiss each getting over 600 minutes in net. The Eagles will benefit greatly from a defense that returns all of their core defensemen from a season ago that limited Hampden-Sydney to one goal at the Lynchburg Kick-Off Classic on September 10.
Marymount – 2011 Record: 4-10-3, 1-5-2 Capital Athletic
Marymount struggled during the 2011 season, finishing just 4-10-3 with a 1-5-2 record in Capital Athletic Conference competition. They managed to score multiple goals in only five contests and allowed three or more goals in four games, including a 3-2 loss in double overtime at Hampden-Sydney. The Saints scored just 17 goals in 17 games and return only one player from 2011 who contributed at least one point. Onar Yousefi is their lone returning player to score one point as he totaled four points in two goals.
Defensively, the group allowed 30 goals and 20 assists for 80 points. The Saints have just five defensemen on their roster, only two of which played a game a season ago – Chris Piriz and Remy Torrico. Senior defenders Darian Chuquillangui and Edwin Rivera return in 2012 after missing all of last year due to injuries.