Tyler Picard and the Flyers shut out Ohio State and Wright State this weekend
DAYTON, Ohio - The University of Dayton men’s soccer team carried over its dominance from the 2009 campaign into the spring training season; posting back-to-back shutouts against Ohio State and Wright State this weekend.
Dayton posted a 3-0 win over the Buckeyes Saturday at Baujan Field in a very competitive game from start to finish.
Flyer sophomore Tyler Picard made two excellent saves in the first period to keep the score at 0-0 going into halftime. The back four of Michael Deyhle, Jack Pearson, Henrik Karlsson and Tommy Watkins kept the team organized.
With some adjustments at halftime, the Flyers scored three second half goals to earn the victory.
"Ohio State's midfield did well pinning us in the first half. Our defense along with Tyler Picard did a great job shutting them down,” said UD Head Coach Dennis Currier. “In the second half our counter breaks were exceptional and we were able to convert three goals.
“We had seven new players in the line-up this weekend due to our graduating seniors so it gave the coaching staff an opportunity to evaluate our returning squad,” added Currier. “This was an excellent opportunity for our returners to gain experience against a very strong opponent."
The Flyers followed that performance with a 1-0 shutout against Wright State Sunday.
“Our squad played solid on Sunday after a strenuous game the previous day,” said Currier. “We held possession quite well throughout most of the match but lacked the final pass to finish the game out. We did well getting the goal late in the game."
Dayton closes out the spring season with two games this Saturday at the University of Kentucky, facing the Wildcats at 1 p.m. and Marshall at 3:30 p.m.
The Flyer men’s soccer team is coming off the most successful back-to-back seasons in program history during the 2008 and 2009 campaigns. UD finished 29-9-4 in the last two seasons with an A-10 tournament and regular season title, along with an NCAA berth.
After starting the 2009 season 0-3-1, the Flyers went on to win 14 of their next 15 games, including a 3-0 blanking of No. 11 Charlotte.
They finished 14-5-1 overall and 7-1 in the Atlantic 10 and were ranked No. 21 in the final NSCAA poll. Dayton’s offense was ranked 14th in the nation in scoring.
Also in 2009, UD posted nine shutouts and their defense was 25th in the nation in shutout percentage.
The 2009 Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year, Dennis Currier has a career record of 244-76-27. His .742 winning percentage is second among active NCAA Division I coaches. He is only behind UConn’s Ray Reid (334-85-43/.769). At every level he has coached, Currier’s teams have won a conference championship and played in the national tournament.