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CAA Men’s Soccer Notebook – Oct. 14

Oct 14, 2013, 12:07 PM EDT

Northeastern's Dylan Faber

Dylan Faber • Northeastern
So., Goalkeeper, Anchorage, Alaska/Darlington School

Faber recorded back-to-back shutouts and made nine combined saves in Northeastern’s two conference matches last week. The sophomore goalkeeper stopped four shots in a 2-0 triumph over a Hofstra squad which had been shutout just once all season. He followed with five saves as the Huskies fought to a 0-0 double-overtime draw at Drexel. For the season, Faber leads the CAA in saves (38) and is second in save percentage and shutouts.

Jaime Martinez • Delaware
Fr., Midfielder, Madrid, Spain/American School of Madrid

Martinez contributed a goal and an assist in Delaware’s 2-1 road victory at James Madison last Wednesday. The freshman midfielder gave the Blue Hens a 1-0 lead just 6:20 into the match with his fourth goal of the season and then assisted on a second-half goal by Roberto Gimenez. For the season, Martinez is tied for second on the team with 12 points (4g, 4a).

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DELAWARE RANKED IN NATIONAL POLLS: Delaware, which improved to 10-1 overall and extended its winning streak to seven, is ranked #25 nationally by Top Drawer Soccer and #30 by College Soccer News this week. The Blue Hens and William & Mary were among others receiving votes in last week’s NSCAA/Continental Tire Top 25 poll.

THREE CAA TEAMS RANKED REGIONALLY: Three CAA teams were ranked in the NSCAA South Atlantic regional rankings released on October 8. William & Mary was ranked #4 in the poll, followed by Delaware at #5 and Hofstra was #9. A new poll will be released on Tuesday.

FRESHMEN LEAD DELAWARE TO 2-0 CAA START: Delaware opened CAA play with a 2-0 record following a 2-1 victory at James Madison and a 1-0 triumph over College of Charleston last week. Freshman Guillermo Delgado tallied the game-winner against CofC in the 56th minute. He tops the CAA and is among national leaders in goals (10), points (23) and game-winning goals (5). Freshman Jaime Martinez contributed a goal and an assist in the win at JMU and ranks second on the team with 12 points (4g, 4a). Roberto Gimenez scored his first goal of the year against the Dukes. Goalkeeper Borja Barbero registered his fourth shutout against CofC as the Blue Hens improved to 6-0 at home.

BACK-TO-BACK SHUTOUTS FOR NU’S FABER: Northeastern moved atop the CAA standings with seven points following a 2-0 victory over Hofstra and a 0-0 double-overtime draw with Drexel last week. Sophomore goalkeeper Dylan Faber made nine combined saves in recording the consecutive shutouts. He dropped his GAA to 0.87 with four shutouts for the season. The Huskies have held opponents to one goal or less in nine of 12 matches. Senior Dante Marini scored his fourth goal and added an assist in the Hofstra win. He leads NU with 13 points. Terence Carter’s fourth goal of the season was the game-winner against the Pride.

WARD’S GAME-WINNER LIFTS UNCW AGAIN: Junior Jack Ward’s goal in the 55th minute gave UNCW a 1-0 victory over JMU on Saturday. It was the second game-winner in a CAA match for Ward, who also had the deciding goal in a victory over College of Charleston. Jamie Dell picked up his team-leading fourth assist on the play. The Seahawks’ defense held the Dukes without a shot in the opening half. Goalkeeper Sam Williams made a pair of saves on point blank shots in the second half and recorded his second shutout. He’s started the past five games and owns a 0.85 GAA.

CAREER-HIGH SAVES FOR HOFSTRA’S PRAY: Hofstra sophomore goalkeeper Patric Pray made a career-high seven saves in a 2-0 loss at Northeastern last Wednesday. The setback snapped the Pride’s four-game winning streak as they were shutout for just the second time this season. The two goals were the first allowed in 384 minutes of action this season for Pray, and one came on a penalty kick. Chris Griebsch took a team-high four shots in the loss to NU.

DREXEL STAYS UNBEATEN IN CAA PLAY: Drexel stayed unbeaten (1-0-1) in CAA play after a scoreless double-overtime tie with Northeastern on Saturday. The Dragons out-shot the Huskies 7-3 in the second half after being out-shot 11-5 in the first 45 minutes. Goalkeeper Tyler Afflerbach made five saves and posted his fourth shutout of the year. Drexel was beaten 1-0 at Princeton in non-conference action last Tuesday.

MORE CLOSE LOSSES FOR JMU: James Madison dropped a pair of one-goal decisions in CAA play last week, falling 2-1 to Delaware and 1-0 at UNCW. All six of the Dukes’ losses this season have been by one goal, including its three conference contests. Daniel Roppert headed in a corner kick from Adam Bastidas in the 83rd minute against Delaware. It was Roppert’s third goal of the season. Goalkeeper Bill Groben made three saves in the setback at UNCW as the Dukes played a man down over the final 85 minutes of the match.

COFC FALLS TWICE TO NATIONALLY RANKED TEAMS: College of Charleston suffered setbacks to two nationally ranked teams last week, losing 3-0 to #13 Coastal Carolina and 1-0 at #30 Delaware. CofC has faced seven opponents this season who have been ranked or receiving votes in national polls. Goalkeeper Alex Young made four of his seven saves in the second half against UD as the Cougars were out-shot 10-0 over the final 45 minutes. CofC out-shot Coastal Carolina 13-9, including 7-2 in the second half. Adan Noel took a team-high four shots and Jake Currie fired three.

MORE WEATHER PROBLEMS FOR W&M: William & Mary’s scheduled match with #8 UMBC last Wednesday was postponed due to bad weather, with a makeup date still to be determined. It was the second time this season that the Tribe has had a match with a nationally ranked foe cancelled due to weather, having also lost a contest at Connecticut in September. The Tribe has posted victories over three nationally ranked foes this season, including then ranked #1 teams Creighton and North Carolina. W&M’s game at Pittsburgh on Tuesday will be broadcast nationally on ESPN3.

UD’S DELGADO LEADS NATION IN SCORING: Delaware freshman forward Guillermo Delgado leads the nation with 2.09 points per game and is tied for first with 0.91 goals per game. His 10 goals and 23 points are second in Division I behind Sagi Lev-Ari of Cal State Northridge. In other categories, W&M’s Chris Albiston ranks 13th in assists per game (0.56) and Tribe goalkeeper Mac Phillips is 28th in both save percentage (.821) and goals against average (0.71).