SOUTHFIELD, Mich.—The Lawrence Technological (Mich.) University men's soccer team (3-6, 2-1) is back on the road this week, as they will be traveling to Aquinas (Mich.) College (2-4-4, 1-1-1) on Wednesday, October 9th. Kickoff is scheduled for 5:00pm EDT. The Blue Devils are entering the Wednesday evening match-up vs. the Saints after winning back to back conference games at home. The Blue Devils hope to get the same production out of their offense as they have in these last two games.
The Blue Devils finally had the opportunity to play in front of a home crowd this past week, and it may have sparked something for this team. In these last two home games, the Blue Devils have scored five goals and have only allowed one goal. The offense has connected for 45 shots and 26 of these shots have been on goal. The pressure and ball control has put the Blue Devils is great opportunities to be successful. Kevin Wright is coming off of a terrific week, where he was honored as the WHAC Offensive Player of the Week. Wright scored three goals in the 137 minutes he played in. This is not to discount the effort by the defense of the Blue Devils; they have also been clicking on all cylinders. They have only allowed the opposition to get of six total shots.
Head Coach Will Dyer had this to say about the recent success of the Blue Devils, "Moving to night practices have extremely helped as it has allowed us to have all our players at the main training days to prepare or two conference games a week. Big thank you to the men's lacrosse."
The Saints of Aquinas College have found themselves tied at the end of the match four different times this year. All four of these ties have been at home, giving them a 1-0-4 record at home. In their most recent match, they tied 0-0 to the University of Northwestern Ohio. Leading the Saints in this match was their goalkeeper Antonio Stassioto. Stassioto denied 14 shots from the Racers. This brought his total shutouts to three on the year. Leading the offense for the Saints is freshman Bailey Whalley. Whalley has found the back of the net eight times in his 24 shots on goal.
In the last matchup between the Blue Devils and the Saints, the Blue Devils defended Blue Devil Stadium and walked away with a 4-0 victory. Nico Rodriquez assisted on two goals and both Ryan Resendes and Matthew Sherman collected a goal apiece in last year's match. Dyer continues to preach the same message to his team, "…concentrate on ourselves, and look to improve tactically and technically on the field and in the classroom."