Tribe Men’s Soccer Plays in Sweet 16 vs. SMU

November 28th, 2010 by Kim Lenz

The #9-ranked William and Mary Tribe men’s soccer team are in Dallas today to face #7-ranked Southern Methodist University in the third round of the NCAA tournament. The match will kick off at 8 p.m. local time at Westcott Field.

The game will not be televised, but fans can follow along with live stats, which are available online at TribeAthletics.com, as well as on Twitter at Twitter.com/TribeAthletics.

Scouting the #9 Tribe

The William and Mary Tribe men’s soccer team advanced to the Sweet Sixteen for the eighth time in school history last weekend in a penalty kick shootout over University of Maryland-Baltimore County in Williamsburg. The Tribe won the shootout, 4-3, after both teams failed to score a goal in regulation and overtime.

The College comes into the weekend with a record of 15-3-3 on the season, having seen three of its past four matches head into overtime. The College has been playing well of late, having lost only once in its past 15 matches, dropping a 3-0 decision on the road at #2-ranked Maryland.

Offensively, the Tribe is averaging 1.67 goals a match, ranking the Green and Gold 45th in the nation in scoring offense. Senior Alan Koger, an All-CAA First-Team honoree, leads the College with 10 goals and 22 points. Junior Nicolas Abrigo is second on the team with seven goals, while senior Nathaniel Baako and redshirt-sophomore Ben Anderson have tallied a team-best six assists.

Defensively is where the Tribe has been spectacular this season, allowing opponents to score just 0.68 goals match, the 13th best mark in the nation. Senior goalkeeper Andrew McAdams is playing at an elite level, having recorded three straight-shutouts, pushing his total on the year to nine. McAdams has posted a goals against average of 0.68 this season while making 73 saves.

Scouting the #7 Mustangs
The SMU Mustangs come into Sunday’s match with the Tribe fresh off a dramatic match with Creighton last weekend. The Mustangs scored with 15 seconds left in regulation to tie the match at 2-2 and would eventually advance in penalty kicks, 5-3.

On the year, the Mustangs have posted a record of 15-2-1, winning the Conference USA regular-season title with a league mark of 7-1. The Mustangs lost in the semifinals to South Carolina, but earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament, its first since 2007. SMU comes into the match ranked #7 in the country by the NSCAA, and have been ranked as high as #5 over the course of the season.

The Mustangs boast one of the most potent offenses in the nation, averaging 2.33 goals a match, ranking SMU fourth in the country in scoring offense. Freshman Juan Castillo leads the Mustangs with 10 goals and 24 points, while co-Conference USA MVP and co-Offensive Player of the Year Arthur Ivo has netted nine goals while dishing out five assists. Senior Josue Soto has also had a stellar year, totaling six goals and a team-best seven assists.

Defensively SMU ranks 91st in the country in team goals against average, allowing opponents to score 1.12 goals a match against them. Senior Craig Hill has played all 21 matches in net for the Mustangs, posting a goals against average of 1.13. Hill has made 72 saves on the year while recording three shutouts.

The Series
Sunday’s meeting between the SMU Mustangs and the William and Mary Tribe will be the first in the history of the two programs. The Tribe has only played four teams that currently play in Conference USA, posting a record of 6-4-0 against Central Florida, South Carolina, Marshall, and Florida International.

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