Another week of NCAA Division II men’s soccer is in the books and nearly one month of the season is complete. Millersville has been one of the nation’s best teams so far and continued its win streak Saturday with a convincing win over Gannon.
MARAUDERS KEEP ROLLING
Jaimie Vazquez scored twice in the victory and has been on a roll lately, scoring five goals over the last seven days. He has tallied a team-best 10 goals overall and has also dished out two assists.
The defense of the Marauders hasn’t been bad either. Goaltender Kohl Orner has recorded five shutouts while tallying 31 saves. His goals against average is an impressive 0.73 and he’s a big reason why Millersville, which won only six soccer games last year, is in contention for the conference championship this year.
SKYHAWKS EXTEND WIN STREAK
Fort Lewis pushed its win streak to six games Friday with a 3-1 win over Colorado State-Pueblo. The Skyhawks are 6-2 overall. Their game against the Thunderwolves did not count in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference standings.
Fort Lewis has scored at least two goals in every game during the win streak. The balance of the Skyhawks is hard to ignore as five players have scored at least two goals. Yannis Becker and Zak Lawrence have paved the way with three goals and four assists apiece. Tamino Kroeger leads the Skyhawks in goals scored with four. Fort Lewis has outscored its opponents 17-10 on the year.
One of the other keys to its success is that Fort Lewis has taken care of business at home. The Skyhawks are unbeaten on their own turf through four games. They haven’t been bad on the road either, fashioning a 2-2 record away from home.
RAILSPLITTERS CONTINUE HISTORIC START
Lincoln Memorial has yet to lose a soccer game. The BR-71 Railsplitters kept their perfect streak intact with a 3-2 win over Lenoir-Rhyne Saturday. They are 6-0-1 overall and are off to their best start since the 2006 team won 14 games before finally suffering a loss.
Pedro Ozi rose to the occasion in goal, racking up four saves as he won for the sixth time in seven games. Ozi is the first goaltender to do it at the school since Brent Cole in 2005. Ozi has tallied 28 saves and has won two games by shutout.
The offense of the Railsplitters has been fueled by the play of Leonardo de Silva, who has come through with four goals and an assist. Pedro Villa has tallied three goals and an assist.
The good news for Lincoln Memorial is that six of its next eight games are at home, which will prove beneficial in its quest to win a South Atlantic Conference soccer title.
TRITONS STILL PERFECT
Eckerd stretched its unbeaten streak to six game with a 2-0 win over Embry-Riddle on Saturday. The BR-72 Tritons (5-0-1) also nailed down their fourth shutout victory of the year. They have allowed only two goals all season.
The play of goaltender Alex Gott has been nothing short of impressive this soccer season. He has racked up 20 saves in six starts and his goals against average is just 0.32.
The offense of the Tritons has been fueled by Richard Ainscough, who has come through with three goals and three assists. Westleigh Rush and Matheus Assumpcao share the team-lead in goals with four apiece.
OTTERS MAKING STRIDES
Cal State Monterey Bay has won two of its last three, including a 2-1 win over San Francisco State in California Collegiate Athletic Association action. The BR-97 Otters end their September schedule with a 5-2 overall record. They are 2-1 in the conference.
Michael Maul has played a pivotal role for the Otters, scoring two goals and dishing out two assists. Evan Drake has been the star at goaltender, starting seven games. He has made 24 saves and has two shutouts to his credit this season.
The Otters have turned things around significantly from last soccer season when they won only three games total. They have already matched their win total in conference play and appear poised to be one of the top teams in the league this season.