WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - The William and Mary men's soccer team will travel to St. John's on Saturday, Sept. 8, for an 8 p.m., showdown against the Red Storm. The Tribe enters the match with a record of 1-1-1, while St. John's is unbeaten at 4-0-1 and ranked No. 12 in the NSCAA national poll. Fans can follow the action online at TribeAthletics.com with live stats. Live video of the match will be streamed online courtesy of St. John's athletics for a fee of $9.95.
Scouting the Tribe
The College travels to Queens, N.Y., carrying a record of 1-1-1. In its last outing, W&M defeated Richmond, 3-0, in its home opener at Martin Family Stadium at Albert Daly Field. Against the Spiders, senior Ben Anderson, junior Roshan Patel and sophomore Chris Albiston netted goals in the Green and Gold's decisive victory. Anderson leads W&M with three points, coming on a goal and one assist. The trip to St. John's will begin a three-game road swing for the College. Next weekend, the Green and Gold travels to Omaha, Neb., for a two-match tournament hosted by Creighton University.
Scouting the Red
Under the direction of head coach Dr. Dave Masur, who is in his 22nd second season at the helm of the Red Storm program, SJU squares off against the Tribe with a record of 4-0-1 and a national ranking of No. 12. In its last match, St. John's cruised past Princeton, 3-0, on Sept. 5. For the year, senior Jack Bennett and redshirt junior Nick Matthews lead the Red Storm with six points apiece. The duo has posted two goals and a pair of assists apiece.
News and Notes
- The Tribe and Red Storm have met on the pitch four times, with St. John's owning a 2-0-2 series edge. Last season, St. John's claimed a 3-0 victory in Williamsburg. The schools first met in the 1996 NCAA tournament quarterfinals, as St. John's edged W&M, 2-1, in overtime.
- Since 2002, the College has defeated seven ranked opponents. Most recently, the Green and Gold opened the 2011 campaign defeating No. 5 SMU, 3-2, in Dallas, Texas. Highlighting the triumphs over ranked foes was the, 1-0, victory over No. 1 Maryland in 2004. Current Tribe women's soccer assistant Brannon Thomas netted the game winner in 103rd minute against the top-ranked Terps.
- Against Richmond, senior co-captain Ben Anderson netted the game-winner on a penalty kick in the sixth minute. It marked the Mechanicsville, Va., native's sixth career goal and his third career game-winner.
- The match at SJU will be the College's first of two trips to New York this season. In the 2012 finale, W&M will travel to Hempstead, N.Y., for a CAA game at Hofstra on Oct. 31.