Gameday Preview: UMPI at St. Thomas (Canada)

Gameday Preview:  UMPI at St. Thomas (Canada)
Game Men's Soccer:  UMPI Owls at St. Thomas Tommies 
Time 6:00pm Thursday, September 6th
Location Fredricton, New Brunswick, Canada
Last Meeting 1st Meeting


University of Maine-Presque Isle OWLS

2012 Record 2-0
Head Coach Alan Gordon
Last Game WIN 4-1 at College of St. Joseph - VT (9-2-12)
Affiliation NCAA Division III & USCAA
Conference Association of NCAA Division III Independents
About the Owls

The Owls opened the season with a pair of wins in Vermont last weekend; 3-2 over Vermont Tech on Saturday and 4-1 over College of St. Joseph on Sunday.

Joel Massa (So./Millbury, MA) had a strong weekend scoring the game-winning goal against VTC and adding two more tallies the next day against CSJ.

UMPI has a big opportunity to separate themselves from last year's team today in Canada.  Last season, after a 2-0 start the Owls struggled with a 7-match losing streak.

Playing well and earning a victory tonight vs. the Tommies would not give more confidence to a young 2012 squad but also keep them undefeated heading into their first home game coming up this weekend vs. Berkeley (NY) College.


St. Thomas TOMMIES

2012 Record 0-0
Head Coach Darren Cann (11th Season)
 Last Game 1st match of season
 Affiliation Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association
 Conference Atlantic Colleges Athletic Association
 About the Tommies

Tommies' head coach Darren Cann said playoffs are always the goal and that's no different this season.

Cann's teams have only missed the playoffs once, in 2009, during his ten seasons at the helm. He's never won an Atlantic Colleges Athletic Association (ACAA) championship with the team and the team hasn't won for 12 years. This is something Cann is certainly looking to change.

"The boys have been a little bit chirpy lately and hopefully the confidence will carry over throughout the season," he said.

The Tommie men finished the regular season in second place last year but only to enter the ACAA championship and drop a heartbreaker to UNBSJ in the semi-final on a cold night in Saint John.

This season, the Tommies have added some fire power to the lineup with striker Dave Jamael joining the lineup from the UNB Varsity Reds' program. Also, striker Daniel Steeves returns to the team after taking a year off last season.

"These strikers are the missing pieces of the puzzle from last season," said Cann. "They're both strong finishers and this will really help our offense and chances this season."