Sept. 29, 2009
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DAYTON, Ohio - The University of Dayton men's soccer team hosts Alabama A&M this Wednesday, Sept. 30 in a non-conference battle at Baujan Field at 7 p.m. ET. Both squads have an unbeaten streak on the line - the Flyers are enjoying a three-game winning streak, while the Bulldogs are unbeaten in their last two matches.
Alabama A&M owns a 2-0 lead in the series that will be renewed after nearly 25 years; the two squads have not met since 1985.
SCOUTING THE BULLDOGS
• The Bulldogs are 2-7-1 overall, including a 2-4-0 record on the road. They are on a two-game unbeaten streak.
• Five of AAMU's losses have been by just one goal, including a 1-0 loss to nationally-ranked Kentucky on Sept. 16.
• Abraham Kassaye leads AAMU with 13 points on six goals and one assist. Rogers Atugonza isn't far behind with 10 points on four goals and two assists.
• Paul Musoke has started seven games in goal for the Bulldogs. He has a 1.67 GAA and a .766 save percentage with 49 saves. He scored the game-winning goal to lift Alabama A&M past Jacksonville, 2-1, in the JU/Nike Invitational. Musoke laced a 26-yard free kick in the left corner to help the Bulldogs (2-7-1) snap their seven-match losing streak. He also notched six saves between the posts to secure the win. AAMU also tied Stetson 1-1 to close out the JU/Nike Invitational.
• The Flyers are 3-3-1 and are currently on a three-game winning streak.
• Dayton is 2-1-0 at Baujan Field this season, where the average attendance has been 992, third best in the Atlantic 10.
• UD is coming off a 3-0 shutout of SIU Edwardsville, a team that had allowed only three goals all season and before the setback against the Flyers shut out nationally ranked Ohio State. Senior Ryan Handbury had two assists in the match against the Cougars.
• Isaac Kissi and Peter Chilemena are tied for the team lead in points with six. Eight different Flyers have scored goals this season.
The Flyers have 10 seniors back this season from a squad that went 15-4-3, won the 2008 Atlantic 10 Tournament Championship, earned the first automatic berth in Dayton men's soccer history, broke the school record for wins and tied the record for goals (46). Senior Ryan Handbury leads the team with four assists and is also the anchor of the Flyer defense, having played every minute this season. Senior Isaac Kissi is tied for the team lead in points with six (2g, 2a) and senior Sonny Renner isn't far behind with five points (1g, 3a). Fellow seniors Alex Torda, Zach Weiss and Randy Dennis have started every game.
SHOT IN THE DARK
Dayton is fourth in the Atlantic 10 with 110 shots this season. Flyer seniors Isaac Kissi and Alex Torda are tied for ninth in the Atlantic 10 with 17 shots each. Kissi is sixth in shots per game with 2.83 and Torda is ninth with 2.43 per game.
FOR ASSISTANCE, PLEASE DIAL THE FLYERS
Two Flyers are in the top five in the A-10 for assists this season. Senior Ryan Handbury is tied for second in the Atlantic 10 with a team-high four assists. His .57 assists per game are 21st in the country in the latest NCAA National Ranking Summary. Senior Sonny Renner has three assists, tied for third in the Conference. The Flyers are second in the A-10 in team stats with 13 assists.
UD sophomore Jack Pearson is tied for second in the Atlantic 10 in game-winning goals. Pearson scored the fourth game-winner of his career in Dayton's 4-3 win over Bowling Green (Sept. 18) and notched the first goal in Dayton's 3-0 win over SIU Edwardsville (Sept. 25), for his fifth career game winner. Sonny Renner scored his first career game-winning goal - a golden goal - in UD's 2-1 double overtime defeat of Wright State (Sept. 20).
University of Dayton graduate student Peter Chilemena, a native of Lusaka, Zambia, leads the Flyers with three goals this season, tied for sixth in the Atlantic 10. His .43 goals per game are also tied for sixth in the Conference.
LEAVE IT TO LAVALLEE
Flyer freshman goalkeeper Josh Lavallee's .824 save percentage is 42nd in the nation in the latest NCAA Men's Soccer National Ranking Summary. Lavallee (28) and Tyler Picard (11) have combined for 39 saves, which is fourth in the Atlantic 10. Lavallee's 28 saves are sixth-best in the Conference, while his 1.11 GAA is third best in the A-10 and his save percentage is second. He was named Atlantic 10 Men's Soccer Co-Rookie of the Week on Sept. 8 after recording a shutout in his first collegiate start against a 2008 NCAA Tournament team, Oakland (Sept. 6).
KISSI TO SUCCESS
Senior Isaac Kissi's 2.83 shots per game is sixth in the Atlantic 10. Kissi is tied for the team lead in points with two goals and two assists for six points. Graduate student Peter Chilemena (3g) also has six points.
The Flyers are tied for first in the Atlantic 10 in corner kicks with 7.00 per game (49 total).
The Flyers' three-game winning streak is currently the third best in the Atlantic 10. Charlotte (4-0-2) is on a six-game unbeaten streak, while UMass (2-0-2) is on a four-game streak. Dayton is 3-3-1 to start the 2009 campaign. Last year the Flyers started the season 2-2-1 before going on a school-record, 10-game unbeaten streak.
BAUJAN IS BEST
Since 1992 the Flyers have excelled at Baujan Field with a 101-35-11 record. Last season UD went 9-0-0 at home. The Flyers had an unbeaten streak that lasted nearly three years. From Oct. 28, 2006 to Sept. 1, 2009 UD was unbeaten in 20 games and had a 17-0-3 record at home. The Flyers are 2-1 at home this season.
WAY TO WIN
UD owned a 15-4-3 overall record in 2008, its .750 winning percentage was the 9th best mark in the nation. The 15 wins breaks a UD school record that was previously 14 set in 2000.
DAYTON'S SOCCER HISTORY
This is the 53rd season of Dayton Flyers men's soccer. UD showcases an all-time record of 403-355-61 (.530). The Flyers have had a winning record in 11 of the last 13 seasons. Head coach Dennis Currier captured his 42nd win at Dayton in 2008, making him the fourth winningest men's soccer coach at UD. Now with 45 UD wins, he is just seven victories from Bo Richardson (1973-79) who is third all-time at Dayton with 52 wins.
The Flyers play their last non-conference match when they travel to Buffalo, N.Y. to take on Canisius this Sunday, Oct. 4 at 1 p.m. ET.