Nov. 19, 2008
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The University of Dayton (15-4-2) will play in its first-ever NCAA Men's Soccer Championship when it plays at UIC (12-3-4) in first-round action this Friday, Nov. 21 at 8 p.m. ET in Chicago.
HOW THEY GOT HERE
• Dayton earned an automatic berth to the 2008 NCAA Men's Soccer Championship by capturing the Atlantic 10 title with a 1-0 win in the final over the reigning champs, Massachusetts, which advanced to the NCAA Final Four last season. It marks the first time in 10 years the Flyers have won the conference title, also winning in 1997 and 1998.
• UIC earned an at-large berth to the NCAA Tournament for the second time in three seasons. The 2008 Horizon League regular season champions were ranked in the Top 25 all season and are currently No. 15 in the final NSCAA/adidas National Rankings.
• The Flyers have never participated in the NCAA Tournament, but in 1997 and 1998 competed in the play-in game. UD lost to Rider in double overtime in 1997 and fell 1-0 to Lafayette in 1998.
• In 2007 UIC downed Atlantic 10 regular season champion Saint Louis in a penalty-kick shootout and went on to make a run to the NCAA Elite Eight.
HOW THE FLYERS STACK UP
• Dayton owns a 1-0 lead in the series against UIC, picking up a 3-1 win against the Flames on Sept. 13, 1991.
• The Flyers and Flames have two common opponents this season; Wright State and Milwaukee. Dayton went 1-1-0 while UIC went 1-0-1. The Flyers notched a 1-0 victory against WSU, but fell to the Panthers, 1-0, on a goal in the 90th minute. The Flames scored a 1-0 win over Milwaukee but could only muster a double overtime tie against the Raiders.
A-10 CHAMPIONSHIP FOR THE AGES
• The third-seeded Flyers played three games in four days and captured the A-10 title, going through No. 6 seeded Rhode Island (3-2), No. 2 seeded Temple (2-1 ot) and No. 1 seeded Massachussetts (1-0). Senior Florian DeCamps had an especially memorable tournament, scoring three goals, including two game-winners. He was named to the All-Championship Team and named Most Outstanding Player. Fellow Flyers joining him on the All-Championship Team for were; junior defender Ryan Handbury, senior forward Isaac Kissi and junior midfielder Ben Murray.
46 AND COUNTING
• The Flyers tied a UD single-season record for goals scored when Zach Weiss tallied the team's 46th of the year in Dayton's 1-0 win against the Minutemen in the Atlantic 10 Championship (Nov. 16). The record was set in 1975 when the Flyers scored 46 goals in 14 games. Dayton has outscored its opponents 2 to 1 this season, 46 to 23.
WAY TO WIN
• UD owns a 15-4-2 overall record this season and its .722 winning percentage is the 11th best mark in the nation. The 15 wins breaks a UD school record that was previously 14 set in 2000.
UD SCORING MACHINE
• Dayton's seven goals against Saint Joseph's (Oct. 2) was a season high. UD is ranked sixth in the country in scoring offense with 2.19 goals per game. Thirteen different Flyers have scored this season and seven have scored multiple goals.
"WIN" GOALS COUNT THE MOST
•Senior Florian DeCamps has scored six game-winning goals this season, including two in the Atlantic 10 Championship. His six game-winners are tied for first in the conference. Freshman Jack Pearson is tied for fifth with three game winners, all off headers, for the Flyers.
• Hermann Trophy Watch candidate Alex Torda leads the Flyers with 10 goals this season. The junior came on strong in Atlantic 10 play where he scored seven of his 10 goals.
DECAMPS NAMED TO TWO MEN'S SOCCER NATIONAL TEAMS OF THE WEEK
Senior Florian DeCamps was named to the College Soccer News and TopDrawerSoccer.com National Teams of the Week for Nov. 16 after helping Dayton claim the Atlantic 10 Tournament Championship for the first time in 10 years. He was named Most Outstanding Player of the Championship after scoring three goals, including two game-winners.
TORDA NAMED ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICA®
University of Dayton's Alex Torda was named a second team selection to the 2008 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America® Men's Soccer Teams, which were announced Wednesday, Nov. 19.
RANKINGS LOOK GOOD FOR NCAA-TOURNEY BOUND FLYERS
As the University of Dayton Men's soccer team prepares for its first ever appearance in the NCAA tournament, they are receiving recognition in several polls. Beating UMass, Temple and Fordham to claim the Atlantic 10 Championship, the Flyers are now 15-4-2.
• CollegeSoccerNews.com Poll - No. 19
Dayton is ranked at 19, jumping up 10 spots from last week after an upset to Xavier. • TopDrawerSoccer.com Poll - No. 17
The Flyers were ranked as high as No. 14 earlier this season,and are now ranked 17th.
• NSCAA Polls
After a huge weekend of wins and an Atlantic 10 Championship title, Dayton is ranked first in the Great Lakes Region. As for the National Poll, Dayton is receiving votes. At one point in the season, UD cracked the Top 25 of the NSCAA National Poll where they were ranked 22nd.
• Soccertimes.com Poll
The Flyers are also receiving votes on Soccer Times Poll
MAY WE ASSIST YOU?
• UD leads the A-10 in assists per game (2.24). Senior forward Florian DeCamps, junior midfielder Zach Weiss and sophomore defender Tommy Watkins have each dished out a team-high five assists this season, tied for eighth in the A-10. Junior Ben Murray has dished four assists. The Flyers have threats all over the field as 17 different UD players have been credited with an assist this season.
THIS ROOKIE IS A KEEPER
• Redshirt freshman Tyler Picard is having a stellar rookie season in goal for the Flyers. He posted two shutouts in his first full week of action, missing the start of the season due to injuries. He has twice been named A-10 Rookie of the Week. The second time he earned the honor he posted back-to-back shutouts against nationally-ranked opponents (No. 26 Charlotte and No. 15 Saint Louis). His six shutouts are fifth in the A-10. He owns a 1.04 goals against average (fifth in the A-10) and a 13-2-1 record.
• The Flyer defensive rotation of juniors Randy Dennis, Ryan Handbury and Sonny Renner, sophomore Tommy Watkins and freshman Jack Pearson have helped UD post seven shutouts this season, including a 1-0 shutout against UMass in the Atlantic 10 Championship. At one point the Flyers didn't allow a goal in more than 370 minutes of action. In 16 of their 21 games this season the UD defense has allowed its opponents just one goal or less.
Senior Florian DeCamps has scored six game-winning goals this season, and is tied for fifth all-time in UD's record book. Senior Joe Olwig has scored five game-winning goals in his career, tying him for seventh.