SOUTHFIELD, Mich.—The Lawrence Technological (Mich.) University men's soccer team (4-7, 3-2) will be traveling to Rochester, Mich. for a conference battle vs. the Rochester (Mich.) University Warriors (3-7-1, 1-4). The Blue Devils have won five straight when going up against the Warriors, including a 3-0 win last year at Blue Devil Stadium. This year's match-up is scheduled for a 1:30pm kickoff on Wednesday, October 16th.
The Blue Devils enter the match vs. Rochester after falling on the road to Cleary (Mich.) University by a score of 4-2. Before the match vs. Cleary, it seemed as if the Blue Devils were beginning to peak at the right time, winning three of their last four during conference play. They will most certainly be looking to forget this result vs. Cleary and get back to playing technically sound soccer. A bright spot for the Blue Devils in their last four games has been senior Kevin Wright. Wright found the back of the net for the fourth straight match vs. Cleary, giving him five goals in the last four matches.
Head Coach Will Dyer had this to say about what his team needs to do in order to bounce back after the road loss to Rochester, "We need to play our game, make adjustments as needed. We need to do all the little things and play with heart and passion again."
Rochester is coming off a road loss to No. 15 Madonna (Mich.) University, 2-0. Scoring for the Warriors has been an issue this season, averaging just under a goal per game. They do have a trio of players who have scored two goals this season: Christian Gjelaj, Donnell Grierson, and Dominik Nikaj. Nikaj also has two assists to go along with his two goals. Grierson is leading the Warriors in shots on goal with 12 on the season.
The Blue Devils currently sit in a three-way tie for fourth place in the WHAC, and only two games back of first place. Rochester is sitting in a tie for 10th with Concordia-Ann Arbor. This could be a good match for the Blue Devils to get themselves in a good position to make a push to get into postseason.