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DAYTON, Ohio - The University of Dayton men's soccer team will face a regional foe in Bowling Green this Friday, Sept. 18 at Baujan Field at 7 p.m. ET. Prior to the game against the Falcons, the UD men's soccer team will be presented with their 2008 Atlantic 10 Men's Soccer Championship rings. The Flyers will make the short drive to Fairborn, Ohio to take on local rival Wright State at Alumni Field this Sunday, Sept. 20 at 5 p.m. ET. The Flyers are 0-3-1 to start the season, including a loss and a tie against 2008 NCAA Tournament teams.
· The Falcons lead Dayton, 16-8-0, in the all-time series. They have not met since the 2000 season when UD captured a 3-1 victory at Baujan Field on Sept. 20, 2000.
· The series between Wright State and Dayton is tied at 16-16-3. The Flyers evened the series last year with a 1-0 win over WSU at the Flyer Marriott Invitational championship. Freshman Jack Pearson scored his first collegiate goal, providing the game winner.
The Flyers have 10 seniors back this season from a squad that went 15-4-3, won the 2008 Atlantic 10 Tournament Championship, earned the first automatic berth in Dayton men's soccer history, broke the school record for wins and tied the record for goals (46).
GOTTA LOVE LAVALLEE
Flyer freshman goalkeeper Josh Lavallee's .882 save percentage is ranked 27th in the nation in the latest NCAA Men's Soccer National Ranking Summary. He was named Atlantic 10 Men's Soccer Co-Rookie of the Week Sept. 8. He recorded a shutout against the Oakland Grizzlies in his first collegiate start and had eight saves. Lavallee (15) and Tyler Picard (11) have combined for 26 saves, tied for third best in the Atlantic 10. Lavallee's 0.87 GAA is third best in the A-10, while his save percentage is second.
BAUJAN IS BEST
The Flyers finished the regular season 9-0-0 at Baujan Field in 2008. UD's 20-game unbeaten streak (17-0-3 at home dating back to Oct. 28, 2006) was recently ended after a 5-2 loss to Cincinnati at Baujan (Sept. 1).
KISSI TO SUCCESS
Senior Isaac Kissi's 3.67 shots per game is fourth in the Atlantic 10. Kissi, and fellow senior Jeff Popella are tied for the team lead in scoring with three points. Both have tallied a goal and an assist. Popella's 1.5 points per game is tied for fourth and his .50 assists per game is second in the Conference. Tommy Watkins (2), Sonny Renner (1) and Ryan Handbury (1) are also in the scoring column for the Flyers.
SCOUTING THE OPPONENTS
· The Falcons bring a 1-3-1 record into Friday's match. BGSU picked up a 2-0 home win over Marshall before dropping a pair of matches at the Kentucky Invitational. Last weekend, BG lost to Richmond before earning a scoreless tie with Duquesne at the DU Invite.
· Senior Cameron Hepple leads the Falcons in scoring, with four points on a pair of goals.
· In goal, redshirt freshman Jeff Smoker has started all five matches. He has a MAC-leading total of 20 saves and a goals against average of 1.34 Freshman Dylan Schoettley played the second half of each of the first three games this year and has five saves and a 3.33 GAA.
· Last year the Falcons finished with an overall mark of 4-13-2, and BGSU was 1-7-2 on the road. This year Bowling Green is 0-1-1 when playing on the road.
· The Raiders bring a 1-3-0 record into the match Sunday against the Flyers. Wright State has been shut out in its last three games with losses to Michigan State (4-0), Michigan (3-0) and Cincinnati (2-0). WSU won its season opener 3-2 over the Atlantic 10 Conference's St. Bonaventure.
· Senior Braden Fleak, freshman Brad Bamberger and sophomore Jabari Velinor each scored in the match vs. the Bonnies, with Velinor scoring the game winner.
· Junior Matt Koewler has played all four games in goal for the Raiders. He has a 2.75 GAA with 26 saves.
The Flyers host SIUE this Friday, Sept. 25 at 8:30 p.m. ET at Baujan Field. It will be the second game of a double header; the UD women's soccer team hosting Temple at 6 p.m.
WAY TO WIN
UD owned a 15-4-3 overall record in 2008, its .750 winning percentage was the 9th best mark in the nation. The 15 wins breaks a UD school record that was previously 14 set in 2000.
FLYERS OVERTAKE A-10 TEAMS
The University of Dayton men's soccer squad, the reigning Atlantic 10 Tournament Champions, had six players named to the 2009 Preseason All-Conference Teams, as selected by the league's head coaches. The Flyer men's and women's soccer teams combined for a league-high 11 preseason selections, compared to just two last season (one for each). UD had a league-high three named to the Preseason Men's Soccer All-Conference Team. Seniors Alex Torda and Ryan Handbury along with sophomore Jack Pearson were on the 11-player A-10 Preseason Team. The UD incoming freshman class also made a splash as three players earned a spot on the conference's Preseason All-Rookie Team: Ryan Bauer, Evan McCreary, and Sewell Strifler.
ALEXANDER THE GREAT
Alex Torda was tabbed a 2009 Third Team Preseason All-America by College Soccer News. Torda, who in 2008 became the first UD player to ever be named a Hermann Trophy candidate, was one of 33 players in the nation selected to the 2009 College Soccer News Preseason All-America Teams. A two-time All-Atlantic 10 selection, including First Team in 2007, Torda led the Flyers in scoring in 2007 and 2008.
Dayton has been tabbed to defend its Atlantic 10 Men's Soccer Championship in voting conducted by the league's head coaches. The Flyers seek to build upon a record-setting 2008 season which included a program-best 15 victories, a record-tying 46 goals scored, a third A-10 Championship title and a first-ever appearance in the NCAA Men's Soccer Championship.
THREE OF A KIND
In his Dayton coaching career, Dennis Currier's teams are 20-0-1 when scoring three or more goals, including 7-0-1in eight games during 2008.
INTERNATIONAL HOUSE OF FLYERS
UD has an international flavor on the 2009 roster with five players from overseas. Two players hail from England: senior Ryan Handbury and sophomore Jack Pearson. Graduate student Peter Chilemena is from Zambia and senior Isaac Kissi is from Ghana. Junior transfer Henrik Karlsson is a native of Sweden.
TOAST OF TEXAS
There are seven players from the Lone Star State on UD's roster. Seniors Randy Dennis (San Angelo), Sonny Renner (Keller) and Alex Torda (Dallas), red shirt freshman Jonny Phipps (Plano), and incoming freshmen Nate Dombrowski (Flower Mound), Matt Russo (Denton) and Sewell Strifler (Plano), all hail from Texas.
GOALTASTIC - UD SCORING MACHINE
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). Dayton outscored its opponents 2 to 1 last season, 46 to 23. UD was ranked sixth in the country in scoring offense with 2.19 goals per game.
"WIN" GOALS COUNT THE MOST
Jack Pearson was tied for fifth in the A-10 with three game winners, all off headers, for the Flyers in 2008.
Alex Torda led the Flyers with 10 goals in 2008. He came on strong in Atlantic 10 play where he scored seven of his 10 goals.
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. He was also named to the prestigious NSCAA All-America Scholar Team and honored in St. Louis.
The Flyer defensive rotation of Randy Dennis, Ryan Handbury and Sonny Renner, Tommy Watkins and Jack Pearson helped UD post eight shutouts last season, including a 1-0 shutout against UMass in the Atlantic 10 Championship. In 17 of their 22 games this season the UD defense allowed its opponents just one goal or less.
DAYTON'S SOCCER HISTORY
This is the 53rd season of Dayton Flyers men's soccer. UD showcases an all-time record of 400-355-62 (.528). The Flyers have had a winning record in 11 of the last 13 seasons. Head coach Dennis Currier captured his 42nd win at Dayton in 2008, making him the fourth winningest men's soccer coach at UD.