Soccer Success Building
The colder temperatures have not cooled off the University of Hartford's soccer programs, as both the men and women are enjoying success during the season's opening weeks.
Men's Win Thriller
Aleko Petridis's first career goal could not have come at a more opportune time, as it lifted the men's soccer team past Marist, 1-0, with just 5:29 left on the clock in double overtime on Tuesday evening at Tenney Stadium. Improving to 4-0-2 on the season, the Hawks are unbeaten through their first six matches for just the second time in the program's Division I history.
With the help of Hartford's impenetrable back line, rookie goalkeeper David MacKinnon, the reigning America East Rookie of the Week, picked up his fourth-straight clean sheet in as many starts, making four saves in the process. Stepping up in the first overtime period to make a pair of clutch saves, he has now gone 459 minutes without allowing a goal.
Women On A Roll
Freshman goalkeeper Jessica Jurg completed her third straight shutout leading the women's soccer team to a 1-0 victory over the American Eagles in the second game of the Fairfield Women's Soccer Invitational on Sunday. For her work over the two-game tournament, Jurg was one of three Hawks named to the All-Tournament team joining Amanda Hamilton and Chanel Johnson. Jurg, who would later be honored by America East as conference Rookie of the Week, collected four saves in the 90-minute contest with sophomore Elise Galipo collecting the lone goal in the game in the seventh minute. Galipo connected with Johnson who fed her inside the top corner of the box. Galipo's shot beat the American keeper Charlene Belanger to the far post.
Men's Team Rising in the Polls
The men's soccer team enters the third week of the 2013 campaign ranked seventh in the NSCAA/Continental Tire Northeast Men's Poll, as announced on Tuesday afternoon. The Hawks, who first entered the poll ranked ninth at the conclusion of the opening week, moved up two spots after defeating UMass, 1-0, last Wednesday and playing American, the preseason favorite of the Patriot League, to a scoreless tie two days later.
his week's poll features a new number one as St. John's bumped UConn out of the top spot after scoring a pair of victories. The Huskies slipped to number three in the poll while America East member UMBC took over the second spot after posting a 4-1 defeat of Radford. For the second-straight week, Vermont earned a spot in the polls after going unbeaten in its three matches. REGIONAL RANKINGS - WEEK THREE
Upcoming Home Action
Vuvuzela Giveaway Night!
Friday, September 20
The Men’s Soccer team will take on the Harvard Crimson at 7 p.m. The first 200 students to arrive will receive a complimentary vuvuzela. Come out and make some noise!
Mooyah Burger Giveaway
Sunday, September 22
The Women’s Soccer team will host the Central Connecticut Blue Devils at 2 p.m. All students who bring their vuvuzelas from the Friday Night Men’s Soccer game will receive a Free Mooyah Burger.