Sept. 30, 2009

By Amy Farnum

SUNSHINE STATE SHOWDOWN:  Division II men’s soccer followers will look to the state of Florida this week as No. 1 Lynn University and No. 4 Tampa square off in a battle between two Top 5 Sunshine State Conference foes.

The two squads have played each other six times in the last two seasons with Tampa winning all three games in 2007, and then Lynn taking the regular season and SSC Tournament matches before falling to the Spartans in the NCAA South Regional final, 3-2.  Lynn was also ranked No. 1 in the last meeting between the two teams.

The Spartans will have to stop three-time SSC Player of the Week Paulo Vaz, who has netted goals in nine of the team’s 10 games, and is riding a seven-game scoring streak entering the match on Oct. 3 at 7 p.m.  Vaz paces the nation with 37 points and 15 goals on the year. Lynn’s defense has posted five straight shutouts and not allowed a goal in 459 minutes, and just one score in the last seven matches.

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SCORING MACHINE:  Lees-McRae College’s Berin Boracic was a one-man offensive show for the Bobcats last week as he scored all five goals in their two wins as they remained unbeaten on the season.

The senior forward tallied two goals at UNC-Pembroke, his first score forcing overtime, and his second winning the contest.  Boracic followed it up with three scores at then-No. 23 Coker, including the game-winner, as he picked up a Conference Carolinas Player of the Week award for his impressive performance.

Boracic paces the team with eight goals, and ranks sixth in Division II with 1.14 goals per game and eighth in the nation with 2.57 points per game.

The third-ranked Bobcats resume action on Sept. 30 when they host Barton College in CC action.

ROCK SOLID:  Slippery Rock climbed to the program’s highest national ranking in history as it moved to No. 12 in the NSCAA Division II Top 25 after extending its winning streak to eight last week.

Senior Jeremy Deighton has sparked The Rock with six goals, including a league-leading four-game winning scores, while junior goalkeeper Greg Blue has posted five shutouts and compiled a 0.64 goals against average in 10 games.

The Rock currently on top of Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference West Division standings with a 4-0 record and will open the second round of divisional games on Sept. 30 when it hosts Lock Haven.  SRU’s current winning streak began Sept. 2 with a 3-1 win at LHU.

GOLDEN BOYS: The University of Charleston (W.V.) worked its way into the NSCAA Division II Top 25 at No. 21 after recording three consecutive shutouts last week to take hold of first place in the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference standings.  Freshman goalie Sean Teepen combined for six saves in the three games to earn WVIAC Player of the Week honors.

“This is a great achievement solely given to the boys’ hard work and discipline day in and day out,” said head coach Chad Duernberger. “They have earned it thus far, but there is still a lot of soccer to be played. We have a very important week ahead of us that will determine just how hungry we really are (against two very tough opponents in Ohio Dominican and Wheeling Jesuit).”

In his second year at the helm, Duernberger has pushed the Golden Eagles back into the national spotlight as they are nationally-ranked for the first time since 2000.
Charleston visits Ohio Dominican on Sept. 30 before hosting league foe Wheeling Jesuit on Oct. 3.