WILLIAMSBURG, Va., - The William and Mary men's soccer team hits the road this weekend, as it travels to Towson on Saturday for a CAA match slated for 2 p.m. The Tribe enters the contest with a record of 2-7-2 on the year and a CAA ledger of 0-2-1, while the Tigers play host with an overall record of 4-5 and a 2-1 mark in league action. Fans can follow the action online at TribeAthletics.com with live stats.
Scouting the Tribe
The Green and Gold will open its five-game CAA road slate looking for its first conference win. In its league opener, W&M played Northeastern to a 1-1 draw before dropping matches to Drexel and UNCW. Senior Ben Anderson leads the College with eight points coming on two goals and four assists. Sophomore's Chris Albiston and Marcus Luster have netted two goals apiece, while junior Chris Perez has tallied a goal and one assist.
Scouting the Tigers
Towson returns home Saturday afternoon after defeating defending CAA champion Delaware, 3-2, in Newark, Del., on Wednesday night. Junior Enrico Skrypzak led the Tigers with two goals against the Blue Hens. For the year, junior Olakunle Banjo leads TU with three goals and three assists, while Skrypzak has netted six points on three goals. Head coach Frank Olszewski is in his 30th season at the helm of the Towson program.
News and Notes:
- Saturday's match will mark the 16th meeting between W&M and Towson, as the College owns a 7-5-3 series edge over the Tigers. Additionally, the Tribe owns a record of 4-3-2 at the Towson Soccer Complex.
- Last season, sophomore Patrick O'Brien's goal in the 66th minute lifted the Green and Gold to a 1-0 victory over the Tigers, as the Tribe got off to its best CAA start, 3-0, since going undefeated in league play, 8-0, in 1996.
- Three members of the Tribe will be making a homecoming of sorts on Saturday afternoon. Junior Aaron Baldwin (Takoma Park, Md.) along with sophomore Andrew Kestler (Mount Airy, Md.) and freshman Jackson Eskay (Damascus, Md.) all hail from the state of Maryland. For the year, Eskay has tallied one assist in 11 appearances, while Kestler has made two starts in seven appearances. Due to injury, Baldwin will be sidelined for the 2012 season.
- Since 2000, the Tribe is 4-8 in CAA road openers, but two of W&M's opening triumphs have come at Towson. In 2002, the Green and Gold opened its CAA road slate with a 4-2 victory over the Tigers. Seven years later, the Tribe began road play defeating Towson, 4-1. Last season, the College opened conference road play with a 1-0 win at UNCW.