Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Men's Soccer Notebook - Sept. 5

It was a good opening weekend for Centennial men's soccer teams, as the Conference compiled an 11-2-1 record against outside competition, including a win and a tie against teams ranked in the NSCAA preseason top 25. Stu Leon (Wrentham, MA / King Phillip Regional) (pictured) scored the game-winning goal in the 100th minute as Swarthmore defeated #17 Eastern, 1-0. Ryan Sutcliffe (Milford, DE / Milford) made eight saves for his first career shutout. Ursinus battled #14 Salisbury to a 1-1 draw on the Eastern Shore. Othmane Boutayeb (Philadelphia, PA / Olney) scored the Bears' goal in the 30th minute. Dickinson, Gettysburg and Johns Hopkins all posted two wins to capture their respective tournaments. The Blue Jays are now 14-0 in season openers under head coach Matt Smith. Freshman Tommy McQueen was the Defensive MVP of the tournament for Johns Hopkins. Muhlenberg held King's without a shot in its 2-0 season-opening win. Washington's Josh Todd (Crisfield, MD / Crisfield) scored a pair of goals, including the "golden goal" in the 100th minute to lift the Shoremen past Chestnut Hill, 4-3, and make a winner of head coach Drew Hoffman in his WC debut. He is the first Washington men's soccer coach in 59 years to win his first match at the helm of the Shoremen. Turner Hastings accomplished the feat in the 1949 season opener, but seven other coaches have failed since then. McDaniel took out some frustration after a season-opening loss to Bethany, peppering Gallaudet with 42 shots in a 3-0 victory. By the Numbers: Johns Hopkins is 55-3-5 at Homewood Field since 2001 ... Swarthmore head coach Eric Wagner won his 100th career match (101-129-11) in the 8-1 triumph over Delaware Valley ... after going 13-4-3 in the opening week of the 2005 campaign, the Conference was 11-2-1 vs. non-CC opponents in the opening four days of the 2006 season.

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