SOUTHFIELD, Mich.- The Lawrence Technological University men's soccer team (0-4) will be home at Blue Devil Stadium for the first time this season on Wednesday, September 11th. Kickoff is set for 7:00pm EDT. They will be hosting the No. 10 ranked Cougars of Spring Arbor University (Mich.) (3-1-1).
The Blue Devils finally get to their home opener after a tough stretch of four road games to begin the year. The team is definitely excited to be home. Head Coach Will Dyer noted this by saying, "Nothing beats playing at home, especially as it will be our first time with the changes out at the field..." Being at home will be great, but the competition does not get any easier for the Blue Devils.
The Cougars are coming to Blue Devil Stadium after losing their first game of the season, and will be eager to correct what went wrong in their last match. What has been going right for the Cougars, is their offense. Junior Cole Russell has already scored six goals this season, which is one more than he scored all of last season, and senior Jacob Crull has scored three times and has also accumulated three assists in the first five games. It will be imperative that the Blue Devils slow down the Cougar offense, as well as find ways to score.
Dyer knows what to expect from the Cougars, and his message has been simple to his team, "We need to play our game for a full 90, need to get the ball in the back of the net as well as not have any individual mistakes that have hurt us in matches...we need to score first, full team effort from everyone as SAU has some amazing players and some of the best coaches in the NAIA."
This will be the third time in program history that the Blue Devils have played the Cougars. In the first two meetings, the home team has prevailed convincingly. The Blue Devils won 5-0 at home in 2017, and lost 0-4 on the road in 2018.