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Friday, August 31, 2007

MU men's soccer..Sunday preview and review of Friday's shocker ....


The Monmouth University men's soccer team, having slain one nationally ranked team to open the 2007 season, now takes on another.

After Friday night defeating host No. 16 North Carolina 1-0 in the Carolina Nike Classic, Monmouth tangles with No. 3 Wake Forest (1-0) in its second and final game of the event at 4:30 p.m. Sunday in Chapel Hill, N.C.

""I don't feel we have any reason to be intimidated,'' said senior Damon Wilson who scored ffor Monmouth in the second half Friday.

Wake Forest defeated No. 21 Old Dominion in the 107th minute (double overtime) Friday, 2-1.

""I feel like our coach (Rob McCourt) prepares us very well,'' said Wilson who scored the goal that defeated St. Francis Pa., 1-0, in the 2006 Northeast Conference Tournament final.

""This team is confident,''said Wilson. "'We're just trying to make a name for this program and make a future for everyone here.''

Friday's outcome, before 1,895 at Fetzer Field, marked the first season opening defeat for UNC since 1997.

Ryan Kinne, a Monmouth freshman who gained acclaim as a 2006 NSCAA (National Soccer Coaches Association of America) All-America at Naugatuck, Conn. High School, set up Wilson.

""Our defense, which was fighting and fighting and fighting all game, got a good clearance and got a ball outside to Kinne,'' said Wilson.

""He is a great player, had a great move, used his pace, and eventually got a cross to me and I got lucky and got a finish,''said Wilson.

The goal in the 55th minute marked Monmouth's first shot of the game.

""Ryan slipped the ball in behind two defenders and Damon took a touch pass an buried it, an unbelievable left-footed shot in the corner,'' said McCourt.

Monmouth appeared in danger of being buried under a UNC first half attack that saw it own a 9-0 shot advantage.

Carolina had two first-half scores by junior forward Brian Shriver waved off due to offside calls and hit the cross bar early in the second half.

The Tar Heels ended with a 16-4 command in shots but Monmouth senior goalie Daniel Schenkel, from Campo Verde Brazil, made seven saves, four in the opening half.

""Yes, they did have a couple of chances in the first half,'' said Wilson. "'But our defense stayed focused.

"'Schenkel is amazing. He just played the game with class as he always does.''

Friday's defeat snapped a string of four consecutive shutouts at the Carolina Nike Classic for the Tar Heels and was just their third-ever loss in the annual event. UNC is now 14-3 all-time in the current format of its home tourney.
""On any given day we can compete with anybody out there,'' said McCourt. ""But soccer is also a very humbling thing.

""We just have to be ready to go to battle Sunday for 90 minutes like we did Friday and let the chips fall where they may.''

The University of North Carolina web site contributed to this report


Anonymous FL MU/C ALUM said...

Great game - way to go MU men's soccer team!!
Reason why MU should be nationally ranked.
Continued good defense should challenge Wake Forest.

9:38 AM, September 01, 2007  

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