Men's Soccer Opens Northeast Conference Play In Brooklyn This Weekend

Game 8: Mount St. Mary's (2-5-0, 0-0-0 NEC) at St. Francis (N.Y.) (3-4-1, 0-0-0 NEC)
WHEN: Fri, Sept. 28, 2012, 7 p.m.
WHERE: Aviator Sports & Recreation Center, Brooklyn, N.Y.

SERIES INFORMATION: St. Francis (N.Y.) leads 11-10-2
LAST MEETING: St. Francis (N.Y.) (1-0) 10-2-11
FIRST MEETING: St. Francis (N.Y.) (3-1) 10-20-89
LAST MOUNT WIN: (2-0) 10-26-08
IN BROOKLYN: St. Francis (N.Y.) leads 7-3-2

opening kick... Friday's Northeast Conference opener between Mount St. Mary's and St. Francis (N.Y.) marks the 24 meeting in the all-time series dating back to the 1989 season. The Terriers have won the last three meetings to take an 11-10-2 edge in the series. The Terriers won 1-0 last season in Emmitsburg while the Mount's last win in the matchup was a 2-0 decision in 2007. The winning team has notched a shutout in the last six matches.

about the terriers… St. Francis (N.Y.) comes into the contest 3-4-1 overall and 0-0-0 in Northeast Conference play after ending in a 1-all standstill against Manhattan on Sept. 21. Senior M Adam Maabdi leads the team with four goals and two assists for 10 points. Sophomore F Kevin Correa ranks second on the team with four tallies and one assist for nine points while junior F Gabriel Bagot is third on the squad with two goals and two assists for six points. Senior GK Tyler Clarhaut has 30 saves, a 1.46 goals against average and a .732 save percentage.

last time we met… St. Francis (N.Y.) scored in the 26th minute to down Mount St. Mary's 1-0 on Oct. 2, 2011. Peter Steve made two saves for the Mount while Chris Wheeler had a team-high five shots in the loss. Steve had his streak of 296 scoreless minutes stopped in the game. Robbie Weir scored the lone goal of the afternoon for the Terriers on a free kick from 30-yards out at the 26:43 mark. Tyler Clarhaut turned away eight shots to help St. Francis (N.Y.) to its sixth-straight win.

Game 9: Mount St. Mary's (2-5-0) at LIU Brooklyn (1-6-1, 0-0-0 NEC)
WHEN: Sun, Sept. 30, 2012, 12 p.m.
WHERE: LIU Field, Brooklyn, N.Y.

SERIES INFORMATION: LIU Brooklyn leads 10-9-4
LAST MEETING: Mount (3-2) 10-9-11
FIRST MEETING: Mount (3-2) 10-28-89
LAST LIU BROOKLYN WIN: (3-2) 10-17-10
IN BROOKLYN: LIU Brooklyn leads 5-3-3

opening kick... Sunday's game between Mount St. Mary's and LIU Brooklyn marks the 24th meeting in the all-time series dating back to the 1989 season. The Mount downed the Blackbirds 3-2 last season in Emmitsburg, but LIU Brooklyn holds a 10-9-4 edge in the all-time series. The Blackbirds last win in the series was a 3-2 decision in 2010.

about the blackbirds... LIU Brooklyn, who battles Fairleigh Dickinson on Friday, comes into the weekend 1-6-1 overall and 0-0-0 in Northeast Conference play, after ending in a 1-all standstill against Columbia on Sept. 22. Senior F Jakeem Johnson leads the team with two goals and one assist for five points. Freshman M Robert Soto has also found the twine while senior M/D Rob Schroback has one assist on the year. Senior GK Nathan Stockie has 30 saves, a 1.11 goals against average and a .833 save percentage.

last time we met… Zoncher Dennis scored two goals to lift Mount St. Mary's past LIU Brooklyn 3-2 on Oct. 9, 2011. Dennis scored in the 39th minute to give the Mount the lead for good and then sealed the win with a tally in the 87th minute. Senior Chris Wheeler tallied a goal and an assist to tie the program's Mount Division I career point mark with 80. Matthew Steele  and Ian Hendrie each added an assist in the winning effort. Rommel Forde paced the Blackbirds with a goal and an assist. Josh Maley also found the twine while Adam Janssen made three saves in the loss.

last time out… Matthew Steele scored in the 42nd minute to lift Mount St. Mary's past Howard 1-0 on Sept. 18. Steele notched his second career goal in the match after registering a tally and three assists in his freshman campaign. It was the sophomore's first career game-winner. Patrick Wheeler dished out the assist on Steele's goal for the Mount while Peter Steve made three saves in the winning effort.

next on tap… The Mount returns home for three games with Bryant (Oct. 5), Fairleigh Dickinson (Oct. 7) and Monmouth (Oct. 14) coming to Waldron Family Stadium to start the month of October.

in the league... The Mount is 79-91-28 in Northeast Conference matches. The Mountaineers are 41-54-16 under head coach Rob Ryerson in the NEC and 8-2-2 in the conference opener, including four-straight season-opening wins. It will mark the third time in team history the Mount will open league play against St. Francis (N.Y.) also opening the league slate against the Terriers in 2004 and 2005.

steele's on the board… Sophomore Matthew Steele scored his first goal of the season in the 1-0 win against Howard on Sept. 18. It was the sophomore's second career goal after he notched his first collegiate goal last season at home against La Salle.

wheeler scores first career goal… The Wheeler name has been known to find the back of the net with Chris Wheeler owning the Mount's Division I record for career goals. Junior Patrick Wheeler, playing in his first season without his brother, notched his first career goal in the season opener against Towson on Aug. 28. Patrick Wheeler had seven career assists in his first two years at the Mount.

plaisance a scoring player… Sophomore Mark Plaisance has posted a goal and an assist in his first two games after not recording a point as a freshman. The sophomore dished out an assist on Patrick Wheeler's goal in the season opener on Aug. 28 and then found the twine for the first time in his career against VMI on Aug. 31.

preseason poll... The Mount St. Mary's men's soccer team has been tabbed sixth in the Northeast Conference (NEC) Preseason Coaches Poll. Monmouth, the defending NEC Tournament champions, received seven first-place votes to be selected as the preseason favorite. Fairleigh Dickinson picked up two first-place nods to rank second in the poll while Saint Francis (Pa.) took the final first-place vote to place third. Sacred Heart rounded out the top-4 while St. Francis (N.Y), the Mount, Central Connecticut State, Quinnipiac, LIU Brooklyn, Robert Morris and Bryant round out the 11-team poll. Bryant will be eligible for the NEC Tournament for the first time in team history after completing the five-year Division I transition last year.

zonked by dennis… Sophomore Zoncher Dennis burst onto the pitch last season to pace the NEC in goals (11), goals per game (0.69), points (23), points per game (1.44) and game-winning goals (6) while ranking ninth in shots per game (2.19). He became the sixth player in Mount Division I history to reach double digits for goals and his 11 tallies rank fifth on the Mount Division I single-season chart. Dennis tied a single-game program record when he scored four times against LaSalle on Sept. 24. He was named the NEC Rookie of the Year and nabbed a spot on the All-NEC first team. Dennis was recognized nationally by being named to the College Soccer News All-Freshman first team. The sophomore notched his first goal of 2012 against Virginia on Sept. 11.

local rivalries... The Mount once again will have a local flavor to its schedule. The Mountaineers opened the season at home against Towson (L, 1-2 ot) and hosted UMBC (L, 0-1) while traveling to Howard (W, 1-0).

new to the mountain... Head coach Rob Ryerson has added three new players to his 2011 squad. Dillon Johnson, Cy McNeill and Paul Curlings each joined the team for the 2012 season.

players from down under... Junior Patrick Wheeler (Newcastle, Australia) continues the rein of players from Australia. Chris Davis, the first Australian born player in Emmitsburg, graduated in May 2011 and Patrick's brother Chris graduated from the Mount in May 2012.

foreign flavor... Along with Patrick Wheeler, who hails from Australia, senior Will Jagger (England), junior Koudzo Komlan (Togo) and sophomore Zoncher Dennis (Ivory Coast) also came to the Mount from abroad.    

the family continues to grow... Head coach Rob Ryerseon has coached six of the nine brother combos in Mount men's soccer history. Senior Alex Ockford and junior Jimmy Ockford will play together for the third-straight season. In 2011, the brothers of Dom and Joshua De Aragao joined the squad to become the ninth set of brothers to play men's soccer at the Mount.

home sweet home emmitsburg... Under head coach Rob Ryerson, Mount St. Mary's is 43-34-4 at home, including 6-1-0 in 2011, 4-2-1 in 2000 (Ryerson's first season) and 5-1 in 2003.

waldron family stadium... Mount St. Mary's is 24-20-3 at the Waldron Family Stadium. The squad moved into the state-of-the-art 1,000-seat Waldron Family Stadium for a full season in 2007. The Mount played three games in the venue in 2006, posting a 2-1 record. The Mountaineers lost their inaugural match at the stadium to Monmouth 3-0 on Oct. 15, 2006 before ending the season with wins against Sacred Heart (2-1) and Northeast Conference Tournament bound Fairleigh Dickinson (1-0 2OT).

friday night lights... Mount St. Mary's played its first two night games at Waldron Family Stadium in 2009 and have posted a 5-3-1 mark under the lights. The Mount will host VMI on Aug. 31 and Robert Morris on Oct. 26 under the lights in 2012

about the coach... Head coach Rob Ryerson is entering his 13th season at the helm of the men's soccer team at the Mount, posting a career record of 73-117-25. He has led the Mount to a 41-54-16 mark in NEC regular season games. Ryerson was named the Northeast Conference Coach of the Year after guiding the Mountaineers to a 9-10-1 overall mark and a 5-4 record in league play and the squad's first NEC Tournament appearance since 1999 in the 2008 campaign.