Wednesday, September 26 vs. Lynn | 6:00 p.m. | Barker Family Stadium – Winter Park, Fla.
Saturday, September 29 at Nova Southeastern | 6:00 p.m. | NSU Soccer Complex – Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
The Tars will host Sunshine State Conference play, and look to get their first conference win, against the Lynn Fighting Knights at home on Wednesday, before traveling to Fort Lauderdale to take on Nova Southeastern on Saturday. The Fighting Knights, who are coming off a National Runner-Up year in 2017, are currently 4-2-0 on the season and 1-1-0 in conference play. The Fighting Knights won their last match at home against Embry-Riddle 1-0. Lynn had climbed as high as No. 1 in the country before suffering losses at West Alabama and against Florida Southern earlier in the year. The Sharks are 6-1-0 on the season, 2-0-0 in conference play, and off to one of the best starts in program history. The Tars look to get off on the right foot, and pick up two wins in a vital week.
WHO TO WATCH:
Tars look to bounce back after falling at their last matchup against Barry, 1-0, at home. Stefan Avram is tied a top the SSC with eight goals in the Tars' first seven games, adding one assist to sit second in the conference with 17 points. He has also averaged 1.00 goals per game. Damian Clarke has tallied three goals and one assist, and George New has two goals and three assists, tying for second on the team with seven points. Three Tars have split time in net, with Abdiel Martinez, Eidur Ivarsson, and TJ Brubaker all seeing action.
The Fighting Knights won their first Sunshine State Conference match this season against Embry-Riddle at home. Rodrigo Frenandez set up the play with a free kick inside the area, Nils Borner got on the end of the cross for his first career goal. Three of Lynn's four victories have come via a shutout. Shay Brennan, Tomer Bitton, Mark Faeth, and Niklas Tasky have all scored twice. Leading the Fighting Knights. Daniel Brenan has earned three assists to pace the Fighting Knights. Goal keeper Roberto Bazzichetto has started five games and seen a total of 429 minutes.
The Sharks have rattled off six straight wins and now are just one win away from trying the 2007 team, which began the season with seven wins in a row. Sebastain Loibl is the leading scorer for the Sharks with eight goals with three assists of the season. Numbers good enough to tie him with Avram for the conference scoring lead, and give him a SSC best 19 points. Loibl is also leading in shots, taking 36 on the season. Darwin Lorn is trailing behind Loibl with five goals and three assists. With two more assists at the last match, Aleks Berg increased his team high total to six already this year season. Nova Southeastern has complied back to back shutouts, and now has three overall in its first seven matches this season. The Sharks have not allowed a goal over the last 182 minutes.
- The Tars are 8-23-2 all-time against Lynn University, the last match up in 2017 went to the Fighting Knights by a score of 1-0.
- The Tars are 15-4-1 against Nova Southeastern, defeating the Sharks 6-1 in 2017.
- With one more goal Stefan Avram will tie Matthew Camacho, Martin Heckmann, and Dennis Chin in a tie for 23rd all-time in school history.
The Tars will continue their trek through the SSC next week with matches at home against Tampa on Wednesday, October 3, at 7 p.m. and against Palm Beach Atlantic in West Palm Beach, Florida on Saturday, October 6, also at 7 p.m.
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