GAME NOTES: UWF men's soccer to finish 2012 regular season at home
Argos looking to finish regular season undefeated in GSC play
PENSACOLA, Fla. - The West Florida men’s soccer team will close out the regular season at home this weekend, hosting Alabama-Huntsville and Shorter at the UWF Soccer Complex. The Argos will face UAH on Friday at 5 p.m., and Sunday’s senior day match against Shorter will start with a 3 p.m. kickoff.
2012 Men's Soccer Game Notes:
8/30 @ Saint Leo
9/6 vs. Rollins, Florida Southern
9/13 @ Union
9/20 vs. Christian Brothers, Delta State
9/26 @ Alabama-Huntsville, Shorter
10/4 vs. West Alabama, William Carey
10/12 vs. Union, @ West Alabama
10/18 @ Christian Brothers, Delta State
10/25 vs. Alabama-Huntsville, Shorter
Unbeaten streak continues
After two losses to open the year, the Argonauts have not been defeated in their last 12 games. During that stretch, the team is 10-0-2 and has outscored opponents 29-12. The longest winning streak in program history is 18 games in 2007.
UWF fourth in NCAA regional rankings
The second set of regional rankings was released this week by the NCAA Division II Men’s Soccer Committee, and UWF came in fourth. The top three teams in the South Region will earn bids to the tournament, so the Argos will do everything they can to jump into the top three.
1. Lynn (12-2 in Division II play)
2. Rollins (9-3-2)
3. Tampa (9-4-1)
4. West Florida (9-2-2)
5. Palm Beach Atlantic (10-2)
Head coach Bill Elliott has a wealth of options at the goalkeeper position, as Ramon Sealy, Steven Hermosa and Stuart McCrory have each excelled at times. Sealy (nine games, 1.00 goals against average) has been the team’s primary starter, but Hermosa (six games, 0.87 GAA) and McCrory (three games, 1.42 GAA) have each stepped in and taken advantage of the playing time they’ve received. Hermosa posted a shutout last week at West Alabama and won GSC Defender of the Week, and McCrory tallied nine saves on Sunday in a 3-2 win at Delta State.
Jack Salafrio and Steven Hermosa won GSC Player and Defender of the Week, respectively, last week. That now brings the total of current players that have won either award in their careers to eight.
This weekend’s opponents
Friday’s opponent will be Alabama-Huntsville (1-13, 0-10 GSC), a team that has gone over a month since its last win. The Chargers are out of the GSC Tournament picture, and this weekend they are looking to play the spoiler in their final two games. The Argos will then face Shorter (4-11-1, 3-7 GSC) on Sunday on senior day. The Hawks are in their second year in a three-year transition to the NCAA Division II and the GSC, meaning they are not eligible for postseason play.