Peralta, Yeaney Earn Final Men's Soccer Weekly Awards of 2011
Peralta (Queens, N.Y.) factored in on all six of Vermont’s goals last week and led his team to two crucial wins. The senior forward racked up a goal and five assists for the Catamounts, who are unbeaten in their last four games and secured the No. 3 seed for the America East Championship with the two wins. Peralta, who leads the conference with a program-record 10 assists, dished out two helpers in a 2-1 win over Albany on Wednesday then tallied a goal and three assists in a 4-1 win over UMBC on Saturday. He’s also tied for second among league leaders with 16 points.
Yeaney (Marietta, Ga.) scored a goal in each of Hartford’s games last week to lead the Hawks to a pair of victories and the No. 5 seed for the upcoming America East Championship. The freshman back began his week by scoring in the 41st minute of the Hawks’ 2-1 overtime win over Binghamton Wednesday. He then tallied what proved to be the game winner against Stony Brook, scoring in the 42nd minute for Hartford, which has won three in a row. Yeaney, who has three goals on the season, has started all 18 games on Hartford’s back line this season.
The America East Championship begins on Saturday, Nov. 5 with quarterfinal action. Vermont hosts sixth-seeded Albany, which earned a tournament bid with a win over New Hampshire Saturday, at 1 p.m. while fourth-seeded UMBC entertains Hartford at 7 p.m. The teams that advance will play in the semifinal round on Wednesday, Nov. 9 with the Albany-Vermont winner playing at second-seeded Stony Brook and the UMBC-Hartford winner traveling to Boston U.. Both games will be at 7 p.m. The semifinal winners will meet for the America East title on either Nov. 12 or 13.
Albany (5-9-3, 1-3-3 AE) won a crucial conference match against New Hampshire, 1-0, on Oct. 29 to capture the sixth seed in the America East Conference Tournament ... Trevor Gorman, who is in his first season as head coach, has the Great Danes back in the conference postseason for the first time since 2008 ... UAlbany will play Vermont, who won a 3-1 decision in the teams’ regular-season meeting ... Junior Quintel Gates (Bay Shore, N.Y./Bay Shore) tallied two goals last week to give him seven on the season ... One of Gates’ goals was the game-winner against New Hampshire ... Gates’ seven goals puts him tied for first in goals scored and second in points in the America East ... Senior Adrian Foncette (Arima,Trinidad/Fatima) recorded his fourth shutout of the season against New Hampshire ... Foncette now has tallied a total of 262 saves and 12 shutouts in his career to put him fourth all-time in each category among Great Dane goalkeepers ... Trevor Gorman also won his first conference match against New Hampshire ... Gorman was able to improve the teams total points in the conference from last season’s four points to six ... Albany prepares to play on the road against Vermont in the America East Quarterfinals on Saturday, Nov. 5 at 1 pm ... Since entering the America East in 2001, Albany is 1-4 in postseason tournament play ... The Great Danes are 1-0 all-time vs. the Catamounts in the postseason ... Albany played Vermont to a 0-0 tie through two overtimes, but advanced on penalty kicks, 5-4.
Binghamton (5-10-2, 1-5-2 AE) concluded its season with a 5-1 win over first-place Boston University on Sunday afternoon. Although the Bearcats will miss the conference tournament for the first time since 2002, they recorded their highest-scoring game since defeating Maine 5-0 back on Oct. 20, 2007 ... junior forward Jake Keegan (Stormville, N.Y./John Jay) scored a career-high two goals in the win over the Terriers and finished with a career-high five-points ... Keegan finished the season leading the team in goals (seven), assists (five) and points (19). He now has a 17 goals for his career, which ties him for third place in the program’s 10-year Division I era with Graham Munro (2002-05). Charles Darkwah (2002-04) and Cameron Keith (2007-08) are tied for first in Binghamton’s Division I era with 19 goals ... Binghamton returns 10 of its 11 starters next season as well as 19 of its 23 letterwinners ... senior midfielder Ryan Walter (Snyder, N.Y./Nichols), scored in each of the two games this past week.
Boston University (9-8-0, 5-2-0 AE) split its two games to finish atop the America East standings with 15 points ... the Terriers claimed their third conference regular season title in the last four years and 11th overall ... Three different men scored to help Boston U. earn a 3-0 victory against New Hampshire ... Freshman Dominique Badji (Alexandria, Va./Episcopal) scored his team-high fourth goal of the season and his team-high third assist to increase his point total to 13 ... Freshman Nick Thomson (Cramlington, England/Cramlington Learning Village) stopped five shots for his sixth shutout of the season ... The Terriers ended the regular season with a 5-1 loss at Binghamton, dropping to 0-4-3 all-time when visiting Vestal, N.Y. ... The five goals allowed are the most since a 5-0 loss at Indiana in 2005, while the margin of defeat is the largest since a 4-0 loss to Boston College in 2010 ... Boston U. will next host either UMBC or New Hampshire on Wednesday, Nov. 9.
Hartford (6-8-4, 3-2-2 AE) was perfect on the week, posting key back-to-back league wins over Binghamton on Wednesday (2-1 OT) and Stony Brook (3-1) on Sunday afternoon to extend its win streak to three matches ... With 11 points in league play, Hartford makes its return to the postseason after a one-year absense by locking up the fifth spot in the America East standings ... The Hawks will pay a visit to UMBC, the fourth seed, on Sat., Nov. 5 (7:00 p.m.) ... Hartford has made an appearance in the conference championships in four of the last five seasons and advanced to the semifinals ... David Bernhardsson (Tjorn, Sweden/Katrinelunds Gymnasiet/UW-Green Bay) racked up six points and had a share in each of the Hawks’ five goals last week while rookie defender Connor Yeaney (Marietta, Ga./Wheeler) netted two goals including the game-winner at Stony Brook in the 42nd minute ... Anthony Santaga (Green Bay, Wisconsin/Notre Dame Academy Green Bay/UW-Green Bay) provided the heroics in the 93rd minute to lift the Hawks to the overtime win on Senior Day against Binghamton ... At Stony Brook, Atobra Ampadu (Accra, Ghana/The Hotchkiss School) delivered his third goal of the season to boost Hartford’s lead to 3-0 in the 56th minute in the eventual 3-1 win ... Bernhardsson leads the team in scoring with 15 points on five goals and five assists and tops the league in both points per game (1.50) and goals per game (0.50).
A shaken UMBC (7-7-3, 4-3-0 AE) dropped a 4-1 decision in the regular season finale at Vermont, but received good news after the game as senior midfielder Andy Streilein (Rockville, Md./Wootton/U. Delaware) was released from a Vermont hospital and traveled home with the team ... Streilein was involved in a collision with a Vermont player and suffered a head injury just five minutes into the contest ... The Retrievers did not leave New England until early Monday morning as over a foot of snow blanketed the area ... UMBC the defending America East champions, will be the No. 4 seed in the America East Tournament and will host No. 5 Hartford on Saturday, Nov. 5 at Retriever Soccer Park... The Retrievers have dropped four consecutive games entering the tournament, their longest slide since 2006... UMBC played both games this week without sophomore central defender Daniel Welsh (Fife, Scotland/Stewart’s Melville College), who was suspended for both games after his second red card of the season assessed at Hartford on Oct. 22 ... The Retrievers dropped a 3-0 home decision to Stony Brook on Oct. 26 and were missing three starters- Welsh, junior central defender Liam Paddock (Worcestershire, England/Chase Technology College) and junior midfielder Milo Kapor (Toronto, Ont./Emily Carr) ... Against Vermont, sophomore defender Travis Dennis (Bowie, Md./Roosevelt/Clemson) was assessed a red card for a tackle in the 58th minute and the Retrievers played a man down the rest of the way... After falling behind, 2-0, senior midfielder Andrew Bulls (Millersville, Md./McDonogh) halved the lead in the 79th minute with his team-leading fifth goal of the season ... Pressing the attack, UMBC allowed two goals in the final seven minutes... Bulls has 33 career goals, sixth in school history ... UMBC and Hartford have met once in the America East Tournament- in a 2007 quarterfinal, the teams played to a 1-1 draw and the Retrievers advanced in penalty kicks... The Retrievers are 3-4-2 in six previous America East championships appearances.
New Hampshire (6-9-2, 1-4-2 AE) dropped decisions to Boston University (Oct. 26) and Dartmouth College (Oct. 29) in its most recent week of action ... The Wildcats fell to the Great Danes in a 1-0 decision at Varsity Field ... New Hampshire held the edge in shots (8-7), including a 4-1 advantage in the first frame ... Both teams were even in corner kicks with four apiece ... Brad Hilton (Merrimack, N.H./Merrimack) and Steven Palumbo (Kingston, N.H./Sanborn Regional) led UNH with two shots apiece, including one on goal attempt each ... In the game prior the ‘Cats fell to the Terriers, 3-0, at Nickerson Field ... Ugochukwu Uche (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer) posted four shots, including two on goal attempts to lead the way for UNH ... Boston University finished the contest with a 21-10 edge in shots, as both teams were even with 10 shots apiece in the final frame of play ... The Terriers also claimed the advantage in corner kicks (5-2), posting a 4-1 edge in the second half ... The Wildcats are back in action Tuesday, Nov. 1 (7 p.m.) when they take on Dartmouth College at Bremner Field.
Stony Brook (8-6-3, 4-2-1) wrapped up the regular season with a split of games against UMBC and Hartford, finishing the regular season in second place ... it is the second time in the last three seasons the Seawolves have earned the No. 2 seed and the first-round America East Championship bye ... in 2009, the second-seeded Seawolves won the conference title...SBU scored four goals last week, all from four different athletes ... Will Casey (Setauket, N.Y.) tallied his first career goal with the game-winner at UMBC just two minutes into the match ... Serigne Sylla (Dakar, Senegal) also notched his first career goal, poking in a header from Kyle Schlesinger (Selden, N.Y.) ... Raphael Abreu (New York, N.Y.) completed the scoring at UMBC with a chip shot over the goalie for his third goal of the season ... Leonardo Fernandes (Sao Paulo, Brazil), who assisted on Abreu’s goal, scored SBU’s lone goal vs. Hartford with a free kick shot from 23 yards away ... Fernandes finished the regular season as the team’s top point getter with six goals and five assists for 17 points ... he is tied for second in America East in points, tied for fourth in goals and tied for third in assists ... Berian Gobeil Cruz (Montreal, Quebec) finished the regular season with a team-best seven goals, which also ties him for the conference lead ... Stefan Manz (Bronx, N.Y.) recorded his fourth shutout of the season at UMBC, giving him 13 for his career, just two shy of tying the program’s all-time record ... Stony Brook will host either Vermont or Albany on Nov. 9 at 7 p.m. ... the Seawolves are undefeated in America East Championship home playoff games and 6-3 all-time, winning the title in 2005 and 2009.
Vermont (9-6-1, 4-2-1 AE) is 3-0-1 in its last four matches ... The Catamounts went 2-0 on the week, defeating Albany, 3-1, and posting a 4-1 victory over UMBC to close out the regular season ... Senior Juan Peralta (Queens, N.Y./Flushing) led UVM with a goal and five assists on the week ... The win over Albany, which Peralta handed out two assists, allowed Vermont to clinch a playoff berth for the seventh time in eight seasons under head coach Jesse Cormier ... The victory over UMBC, which Peralta scored once and added three assists, secured the No. 3 seed in the conference tourney and host No. 6 Albany in the first round game on Saturday (Nov. 5) .. Peralta leads the team in scoring with 16 points on three goals and a conference-leading 10 assists ... His 10 helpers have tied the UVM single-season record for most assists ... Peralta’s three assists in the win over UMBC matched the single-game school record for most assists ... Junior D.J. Edler (Atlanta, Ga./Pace Academy) scored twice in the win over Albany to help the Catamounts clinch a playoff berth ... Edler has scored four goals in the last four games for the Catamounts.