This Week in Atlantic Sun Men's Soccer: Aug. 30th

Thursday, August 30, 2012

MACON, Ga. - Sixteen matches are scheduled for play in the second week of play for Atlantic Sun men's soccer teams including three against top-100 RPI teams from 2011. ETSU host nationally-ranked UAB on Sunday, while Lipscomb battles Missouri State on Monday and FGCU squares off against Iona on September 6th.

Seven of the 16 matches will be held on A-Sun turf as North Florida and Jacksonville both host FAU and FIU, while USC Upstate and FGCU both have their 2012 home openers against Presbyterian and Bucknell, respectively.

A-Sun Men's Soccer Weekly Notes (#ASunMSoc):
  • North Florida’s Jean Rivaroli tallied three points in a 4-2 win vs. Siena in the season opener for the Ospreys and in the process won the A-Sun Player of the Week. It was the first honor for the Ospreys since Nov. 10th, 2008.
  • USC Upstate’s sophomore goalkeeper Dani Alvarado stopped 12 shots in a narrow 1-0 loss at Clemson and claimed the A-Sun Defensive Player of the Week honor. His 12 saves are the most in the A-Sun since former Spartan Pat Regina tallied 12 on Oct. 10th, 2009.
  • Alvarado currently leads the A-Sun in goals against average (0.50), save percentage (.941), total saves (16) and shutouts (1).
  • In a 3-1 win vs. UNC Greensboro, ETSU’s David Geno tallied two goals and one assist to help register the Bucs first win of the season in their home opener. Geno’s five-point outing moved his career point total to 37, which ranks second amongst active players behind Stetson’s Jonathan Mendoza (53).
  • ETSU’s win vs. UNC Greensboro was the first victory for an A-Sun team this season against a regionally-ranked opponent as the Spartans were No. 10 in the NSCAA South Region Poll.
  • ETSU holds the most wins by an A-Sun team over the past three seasons with 26 just ahead of FGCU at 25. Stetson has won 20 games since 2010.
  • North Florida’s offense has already seen a dramatic improvement from last season as the Ospreys have tallied five goals through the first two games. In 2011, UNF scored only six goals and didn’t register its fifth goal until Oct. 7th in the 10th contest.
  • After a grueling two-game road stretch against No. 2 Akron and Georgetown, FGCU returns home to try and get back on track against the Bucknell Bison. Bucknell is 0-0-2 on the season.
  • Dating back to the 2011 NCAA Tournament, FGCU has been shutout in three-straight contests. The last time that occurred was Sept. 6-12, 2010 when the Eagles in losses to Old Dominion, Marquette and a tie with Valparaiso.
  • Stetson’s Jonathan Mendoza, the A-Sun Preseason Player of the Year, failed to register a point in the Hatters first two contests and hasn’t tallied a point in three games for Stetson dating back to last season. His last drought of similar length came last season from Sept. 11th-18th.
  • The A-Sun posted three wins in the opening week of the season, but look to get back on track in week two as A-Sun teams face only three teams ranked in the top-100 of last year’s RPI. ETSU squares off with No. 17 UAB, while Lipscomb takes on Missouri State (61st; RPI) and FGCU battles Iona (57; RPI).
  • With his next shutout, Stetson’s Andreas Schnabl will move into a tie for 10th-most shutouts in a career with 11. The junior goalkeeper tallied five shutouts in both of his first two seasons with the Hatters.

    A-Sun Active Career Points Leaders
    Rank Player (School)
    1. Jonathan Mendoza (Stetson) Sr. 53
    2. David Geno (ETSU) Jr. 37
    3. Kai Eckenrode (Stetson) Sr. 29
    4. Deion Jones (FGCU) Sr. 27
    5. Will Betts (Mercer) Sr. 24
    6. Joakim Helland (Stetson) Sr. 22
    T7. Richie Edmondson (Mercer) Sr. 19
    T7. Itode Fubara (ETSU) Jr. 19

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