When Mike DeSantis and Prince Ofosu graduated, there was a huge hole in the Massachusetts soccer team’s offensive attack. But, with a number of players stepping into new roles, coach Sam Koch hopes that the Minutemen can return to the NCAA tournament in 2009.
For the first part of the season, the goalkeeper battle was neck and neck between Chris Piekos and Shane Curran-Hays. Adam Miller says that if the Minutemen want to contend for the NCAA Tournament, Piekos should receive the starting nod.
After starting the season with three ties in four games, UMass wanted a better result this weekend and got it on Ben Arikian’s late goal to lift the Minutemen over Northeastern.
Shane Curran-Hays and Chris Piekos continue to compete for the starting goalkeeper job for the Massachusetts men’s soccer team. Each player has started games in 2009, and coach Sam Koch hopes to make a decision after the team plays Siena.
The Massachusetts soccer team has four games under its belt, but is without a win with three double overtime ties. Coach Sam Koch looks for his team to come out against Northeastern Saturday and produce offensively for victory.
Mark DeSantis notched a goal in the first half against Vermont to tie Sunday’s contest and Chris Piekos held New Hampshire scoreless on Friday as UMass is now 0-1-3 on the season. Shane Curran-Hays played in net against the Catamounts as the team’s goalie situation is still uncertain.
After a 2-0 loss to Hartford, the Massachusetts men’s soccer team hopes to get its first victory of 2009 when they travel to Vermont to play the Catamounts and New Hampshire in the Smith Barney Classic.
Junior midfielder Ben Arikian was named to the Hermann Trophy watch list, collegiate soccer’s most prestigious award after leading the Minutemen in points last season. Arikian is the first player in program history to be named to the list.
The Hawks Carlos Villa notched two second half goals in a six minute period to lift Hartford over the Minutemen. UMass fell remains winless after it’s season opening tie to Boston University.
The Minutemen hope to reach the NCAA Tournament for the third year in a row, but they know it is not a given that they’ll make it. Especially when they have to deal with the loss of All-American goalie Zack Simmons.
UMass returns seven starters from last year, but will lean on Ben Arikian and Mark DeSantis to pick up the slack of some of its losses to graduation. Those loses include goalie Zack Simmons, Mike DeSantis and Prince Ofosu.