Oct. 22, 2005
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DAYTON, Ohio - The Flyers, coming off Friday's win over St. Bonaventure, look to keep the momentum going and climb higher in the Atlantic 10 standings. The Flyers are 7-4-3 overall, and 2-1-2 in the A-10. Senior forward Omar Jarun has scored a goal in four of the last five games.
ATLANTIC 10 RACE SPRINTS TOWARDS FINISH
With the top six teams advancing on to the conference tournament, the Atlantic 10 race picture is still cloudy with four league games remaining. The Flyers currently sit tied for fifth with Xavier at a .600 win percentage (the A-10's coaches voted this past offseason to do away with points and sort the standings by win percentage). The Flyers face seventh-place Fordham on Sunday and could move up to as high as third place with a weekend sweep. Complete A-10 standings are on page three.
BETWEEN THE PIPES
Head Coach Dennis Currier will pick between two senior netminders in goal. Steve Ladislaw is 5-1 on the season with three shutouts and a 1.19 GAA. Senior Nick Tarkany owns a 0.90 GAA with in six starts, including one shutout. He has a .818 save percentage and a 2-2-2 record. Sophomore Greg Robertson and freshman Alex Davis provide goalkeeper depth for the Flyers.
TARK THE SHARK
St. Bonaventure needed the Jaws of Life to break into the UD net behind senior goalkeeper Nick Tarkany Friday night. The Flyer goalkeeper posted his first career shutout and lowered his goals against average to 0.90. The Dayton defense sunk its teeth into Bonaventure, allowing just nine shots total and one on goal.
With goals in four out of the last five games Omar Jarun now leads the Flyers in goals (with six), assists (with five), and points (17). He entered the weekend sixth in the Atlantic 10 in points, seventh in points per game, sixth in goals scored, eighth in goals per game, and ninth in assists. The 6-5 forward is the tallest player in the history of UD soccer, and now has 15 goals as a Flyer in his second season at Dayton.
Freshman Joe Olwig made his first start at the Dayton Marriott Flyer Classic, and scored his first career goal in UD's win over Marshall. Olwig added two goals in UD's 6-2 blowout of Evansville. His fourth goal of the season came in UD's 2-0 win against St. Bonaventure, and was the eventual game-winner.
PRINCE OF WALES
Junior forward/midfielder Jonathan Welsh is 10th in the Atlantic 10 in goals scored and goals per game, with four goals in 12 contests. Welsh, with game-winning goals against Cal Poly and Evansville, leads the conference in game-winners along with teammate Lubomir Bogdanov and host of others. Welsh's production is especially impressive for a player who's only appeared in a mere 652 minutes, less than eight whole game's worth.
TYING UP SOME LOSE ENDS
With back-to-back ties against Richmond and Charlotte, the Flyers tied multiple conference games for the first time since joining the Atlantic 10 in 1995, and the first time UD had multiple ties in any conference. The Flyers last had a season with three or more ties in 1990 when UD finished 11-7-4 overall. In 49 seasons of soccer, UD has only had a season with three or more ties four times (three in 1974, 1980 and 1983, and four in 1990).
TWO OR BUST
Tallying two or more goals in a game almost always get the Flyers a win. UD is 52-5-5 (.879) since the start of 2000, including 5-0-1 this season.
With UD's 2-0 win over St. Bonaventure, the Flyers are now 11-1-1 in the last 13 games at Baujan Field. UD is 4-1-1 at home in 2005, and the Flyers were a perfect 7-0-0 at home last season. Dayton is 39-9-2 at Baujan Field since the start of 2000.
A TOP THE A-10
Dayton leads the Atlantic 10 Conference in shots per game (16.92), and ranks third in goals per game with 1.69 and points per game with a 5.08 average. The Flyers are also third in the conference in assists and assists per game. Defensively, UD's goals against average is fourth in the league at 1.14. Dayton is second in attendance, averaging 750 per game, behind only Saint Louis.
The Flyers' 6-2 win over Evansville was the most goals the Flyers have scored in a match since UD's 6-1 shellacking of Fordham in 2000. Dayton has out-scored its opponent by four goals or more four times since then, but hadn't tallied more than five goals in a match since that game versus the Rams.
NOT SHYING AWAY
The Flyers have taken on one Top 25 opponent in the regular season: a 1-0 loss to now No. 10 Missouri State. The Bears, who were formerly known as Southwest Missouri State, were No. 14 when they met UD at the Aces' Soccer Classic. In preseason Dayton defeated No. 18 Ohio State at home, 2-1. The Flyers' season opener was a 3-2 win against Cincinnati, who has since crept into the Top 25 at No. 21. Michigan was No. 28 in the CollegeSoccer News Top 3 when the Flyers tied the Wolverines 2-2. Taking on tough opponents is nothing new for UD. Last season, Dayton met No. 9 Michigan, and in 2003 the Flyers went 2-0-1 against the Top 25, with wins over No. 21 Wisconsin-Milwaukee and No. 18 Massachusetts and a tie vs No. 13 Oakland. The Flyers were ranked for eight of 11 seasons in 2003, peaking at No. 8.
THE NEXT LEVEL
Former Flyer Chris Rolfe continues his stellar rookie campaign in the MLS playoffs. The 29th pick of the 2005 SuperDraft leds the Chicago Fire in goal scoring in the regular season with eight, earning him the Budweiser Golden Boot Award. The Fire are in the MLS Cup playoffs versus D.C. United in the first round. He scored both goals in a 2-1 Fire win in front of his friends and family in Columbus against the Crew. He also picked up a goal in a friendly against European superpower A.C. Milan. Rolfe was signed to the senior roster and awarded a new contract, yet still finds time to make it back for UD games. Rolfe is the fourth Flyer to play in the MLS, with Denny Clanton (Chicago Fire, 2004) and Mark Schulte (Tampa Bay Mutiny, 1997; Columbus Crew, 2005) and now Michael Nsien. Nsien was signed by the MLS' Los Angeles Galaxy. Nsien, who played for UD from 1999-2001 earned his spot on the Galaxy's developmental roster after he appeared in two games for the Galaxy reserves during the 2005 season (both starts) and played a total of 180 minutes.
LIVE STATS AT DAYTONFLYERS.COM
Through College Sports Online's Gametracker feature the Flyers will once again have live stats for all home matches available online at DaytonFlyers.com. Some road matches also may have Gametracker.
OVER THE AIRWAVES
Dayton will have at least six matches available via broadcast. Flyer Radio (88.3 FM Dayton) has four broadcasts, which are available for free, streaming live on UD's website, www.DaytonFlyers.com. Information Radio, 1610 AM Dayton, will carry the UD-La Salle game on Oct. 9, which will also be streamed live on DaytonFlyers.com. Post-season games may be carried by Flyer Radio as well. Time Warner Cable will broadcast one UD men's soccer game this year on College Game of the Week coverage (check Dayton TV listings). UD's game versus regional rival Michigan (Sept 29) will be called by play-by-play man Mike DeGeorge and former UD coach Roy Craig.
NEW LOOK ATLANTIC 10
The Flyers have more competition for the Atlantic 10 title as Charlotte and Saint Louis have joined the conference for 2005. With 14 schools, the A-10's men's soccer schedule will consist of only nine A-10 games. The Flyers will play Charlotte this season, but will not face the Billikens until a potential A-10 Championship meeting (in St. Louis, the site of the 2005 A-10 Men's Soccer Championship). SLU is a national power, ranked No. 25 in preseason. In addition to Saint Louis, Dayton will not meet Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Duquesne in the regular season.
POST SEASON AT BAUJAN
While the Atlantic 10 Men's Soccer Championship is at St. Louis this year, UD's Baujan Field will host the 2005 Atlantic 10 Women's Soccer Championship on Thursday, Friday and Sunday, November 3, 4 and 6. The top six teams in the conference make the tournament, with the top two teams receiving byes to the semifinals. For ticket information, call the UD Arena Ticket Office at (937) 229-4433 or log on to Atlantic10.org.
NEXT TIME OUT
Next Friday, the Flyers will play host to Xavier in the final regular season home game. Dayton will honor its 13 seniors before the match with Senior Day activities.