Who: Mount Aloysius Mounties (6-0) vs. D'Youville Spartans (4-1-1)
What: Men's Soccer - AMCC Game of the Week
Where: Dobson Field
When: Saturday, October 13 at 3:15pm
Buffalo, NY - Saturday afternoon will put the top two teams in the AMCC against each other as the second place D'Youville men's soccer team will host the first place Mount Aloysius Mounties at Dobson Field.
With just one conference loss and four wins thus far in their 2018 schedule, the D'Youville Spartans have made history by clinching at least a .500 record for the first time in program history. The men have won their last two games and other than their one loss, the Spartans have allowed just two goals in conference play.
D'Youville have won all four of their games this season via shutout as goalkeeper Kyle Dick (Churchville, NY/Churchville-Chili) and the defensive unit of Josh Hammer (Amherst, NY/Sweet Home), AJ Wade (Pendleton, NY/Starpoint), Matt Davis (Spencerport, NY/Spencerport), Khaled Numan-Ali (Cheektowaga, NY/Cheektowaga), and Jake Kowalewski (Attica, NY/Attica) have all been massive in the team's success. Dick has started all six games in conference play and leads the AMCC in minutes played (540:21) and shutouts (4), tied for second in wins (4), third in saves (40) and save percentage (.870), and fourth in goals against average (1.00). Hammer, Davis, and Wade have been solid in the back with Kowalewski and Numan-Ali splitting time between the midfield and defense.
On offense, the men have been led by Hunter Sherman (Lockport, NY/Lockport). He currently is tied for first in goals (7), first in shots (37) and game winning goals (3), and second in points (15) in the AMCC. He has scored in five of six games during conference play and is the team's most dangerous scoring threat. In recent weeks, forward Brian Nwaekeke (Corona, CA/John F. Kennedy) and midfielder Alf Egge (Stavanger, Norway/Stavanger International) have stepped up their games. Both have a pair of goals as Egge is tied with Kowalewski with three assists.
The rotation between Kowalewski and Numan-Ali in the midfield have paid dividends for the men and the team as Kowalewski has five points this season and Numan-Ali has a pair of goals. Hammer has also added a pair of goals as behind Sherman, the team has a very balanced scoring attack. Young players such as Jumale Jumale (Buffalo, NY/DaVinci), Jack Schmittendorf (Hamburg, NY/Frontier), Jared Zadzilka (North Tonawanda, NY/North Tonawanda), and Juan Centeno (Williamsville, NY/Williamsville North) have all stepped up in their blossoming careers.
Mount Aloysius has had a dominant season on both ends of the field not only in conference play, but throughout their entire season. After tying their first game of the season and losing the next, the Mounties have gone on a 12-game winning streak - six of which have been in conference.
Offensively, the Mounties are far and away the best team in the conference. In their six conference games they have scored an astonishing 38 while allowing just two. They are led by Joshua Devlin and Erik Johansson with eight goals each. Meanwhile four other players have four goals or more and 17 different players have scored at least a goal for Aloysius this season.
With five returning all-conference players that are either freshmen or sophomores, the Mounties are extremely dangerous at both ends of the field.
Despite their success last season and this season, the Spartans were one of the only teams to truly challenge the Mounties last season. D'Youville fell to Mount Aloysius 2-0, but they were competitive throughout the game and can challenge the powerful Mounties.
The battle for first place in the conference will begin at 3:15pm on Saturday at Dobson Field.