Sept. 13, 2012
WEST POINT, N.Y. -
The Army men's soccer team will continue its five-game road trip this weekend when the Black Knights travel west to California for a pair of matches. The Black Knights will face Cal State Northridge on Friday (Sept. 14) at 10 p.m. EDT, before taking on Cal Poly on Sunday (Sept. 16) at 4 p.m. EDT.
Friday night's game at Cal State Northridge falls on Military Appreciation Night, and all military personnel (both active and retired) will be granted free admission to the contest.
Live stats for both matches will be available by logging onto Army's official athletics website and navigating to the men's soccer schedule page. A link to the audio broadcast of the Cal State Northridge game can also be accessed via the Black Knights' website. In-game Twitter updates will also be offered for both contests via the official handle of Army men's soccer (@Army_MSoccer).
Army (2-3-0) has dropped two consecutive matches after opening the season by winning two of three contests. The Black Knights will look to get back on the winning track on Friday night against Cal State Northridge.
Army is coming off a 3-0 setback to 18th-ranked Louisville last Saturday night. The Black Knights went toe-to-toe with the high-powered Cardinals, keeping Louisville off the scoreboard until the 76th minute.
Senior midfielder Josh Koeppe paces the Black Knights' offense with two goals, five points and nine shots. Senior midfielder Michael Kim (1-1-3) and freshman midfielder Parker Dixon (1-1-3) are tied for second on the club with three points apiece, while sophomore midfielder Devin Perlee and freshman midfielder Justin Kim are tied for the team lead with two assists each.
Sophomore goalkeeper Winston Boldt, who has started all five games for Army, shows a 1.40 goals-against average and .682 save percentage with two shutouts through four contests.
Cal State Northridge (2-3-0) enters Friday's tilt against Army looking to break free of a three-game losing skid. The Matadors began the season by defeating Portland and American en route to capturing their own Wilson Titan Classic. Since then, Northridge has scored just two goals in dropping road games to Georgetown, Loyola (Md.) and UNLV.
Sophomore forward Sagi Lev-Ari paces the Cal State Northridge offense with four goals and eight points. Sophomore forward Edwin Rivas, who tops the Matadors with 22 shots, lists second on the squad with two goals and five points.
Senior goalkeeper Michael Abalos has forged a 1.40 goals-against average and .667 save percentage in five starts.
Cal Poly (2-2-0) has won two consecutive games as it prepares for a Friday match versus Temple. The Mustangs began the year with back-to-back losses before righting the ship with victories over San Jose State and Valparaiso.
Junior forward Mackenzie Pridham (2-0-4) and senior midfielder Chris Gaschen (1-1-3) pace Cal Poly offensively. The Mustangs are averaging just one goal per game over their first four contests.
Sophomore Chris Hauser and freshman Wade Hamilton have split time in the Cal Poly cage. Hauser has authored the better numbers, showing a 0.50 goals-against average and .857 save percentage to go along with one shutout and an unblemished 2-0-0 mark.
Army has not faced either Cal State Northridge or Cal Poly previously.
Following this weekend's action, Army will open its Patriot League schedule at Holy Cross on Saturday, Sept. 22. The Black Knights and Crusaders, who will square off in the conference opener for the second year in a row, are slated to do battle beginning at 7 p.m.