SOUTHFIELD, Mich.—The Lawrence Technological (Mich.) University men's soccer team (4-9, 3-4) will welcome the Saints of Siena Heights (Mich.) University (6-7-1, 3-3-1) to Blue Devil Stadium, on Wednesday, October 23rd. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:00pm. It will be a special night at Blue Devil Stadium because it is Team Impact Night. The men's soccer team will be raising money and awareness for those who battle with epilepsy. The team will be honoring Team Impact member Aiden, and the LTU women's lacrosse team will be honoring their team's impact kids. Please come out and show your support, not only for the men's soccer team, but the honorees and those who are battling with epilepsy.
The Blue Devils come in to the match vs. the Saints having just lost their third match in a row, but are determined to get back to their winning ways. Most recently, the Blue Devils dropped a home match vs. (RV) Indiana Tech University by a score of 2-0. It was a strong second half by the Warriors that allowed them to leave Blue Devil Stadium with a win. Before dropping their last three, the Blue Devils appeared to have cleaned up their game and were looking like a dangerous team in the WHAC. This team could still get hot at the right time and make a push for postseason play. With four conference matches left, the Blue Devils can get back to the playing the way they were before this mid-season skid and make a run in the conference tournament.
Siena Heights sits one spot ahead of the Blue Devils in the WHAC with a 3-3-1 record in conference play. In their last three matches the Saints are 1-1-1. With a win vs. Cornerstone (Mich.), a loss vs. (RV) Indiana Tech, and most recently, a double overtime 0-0 tie vs. No. 15 Northwestern Ohio. Leading the Saints' offense is senior midfielder, Chris Ornelas with six goals on 34 shots. Ornelas had a season high eight shots and two goals vs. Goshen (Ind.) on 8/27/2019. In the net will most likely be Leo Hismatsu. Hismatsu, in his last match vs. (15) Northwestern Ohio, had a season high in saves with 15 and did not allow a goal.
With both teams battling to qualify for the eight team conference tournament, you can guarantee a physical and hard fought match between the two teams. The Blue Devils have won the previous four meetings vs. the Saints, and maybe a fifth win in a row over the Saints could get this team moving in the right direction with just a few games to play.