Mens Soccer Wraps Up
2002 Regular Season Against Western Kentucky
NASHVILLE, Tenn. The Vanderbilt mens soccer
team (3-14, 1-7 MVC) will entertain Missouri Valley Conference
rival Western Kentucky (7-10-1, 1-7 MVC) in its 2002 regular-season
finale at 7 p.m. Friday at the Vanderbilt Soccer Complex.
This will be the final home game for 10 Vanderbilt seniors,
who have combined to play in an amazing 501 games over their
Vanderbilt has played Western Kentucky more than any other
team in its existence. This will be the 23rd meeting between
these two rivals, with the Hilltoppers owning a 13-9-1 edge.
Western Kentucky has won four of the last five meetings, including
a 1-0 win last year in Bowling Green, Ky.
The Commodores enter with still an outside shot at making
the conference tournament. They will need to defeat Western
Kentucky and have Evansville (7-8-2, 2-5 MVC) lose both games
this weekend. The Purple Aces will take on Bradley and Eastern
Illinois this weekend in Evansville, Ind. If Evansville wins
or ties either game, it will advance to the MVC Tournament.
Vanderbilt picked up its first MVC victory and ended an eight-game
losing streak in the process against Evansville last Sunday
at the Vanderbilt Soccer Complex. The Commodores had their
largest offensive output of the season in their 3-1 win. For
the Black and Gold, it was only their third win all-time against
the Purple Aces (3-10).
Senior Brad Winter is coming off a solid weekend in goal
for the Commodores. Winter allowed only two goals while recording
18 saves, as Vanderbilt went 1-1 over the weekend. In Sundays
victory, three players scored their first goals of the season.
Senior Charlie White, junior Brian Lamping and freshman Brent
Richard accounted for the Commodores goals.
Scouting the Hilltoppers
Despite its recent struggles, Western Kentucky still brings
a lot of talent to the table. The Hilltoppers have recorded
79 points on 30 goals and 19 assists. WKU head coach David
Holmes has nine players who have tallied at two goals this
season and six players who have dished at least two assists.
Midfielder Ben Buerger and forward Jason Dugas have been
the offensive leaders for the Hilltoppers. Both have scored
five goals apiece, while combining for three assists. The
two have combined for 60 shots and three game-winning goals.
Along with Dugas, there are two other freshman who have contributed
a lot to Holmes offense. Midfielder Richard Mupfudze
has chipped in with two goals and four assists for eight points.
He has recorded 42 shots, which leads the team, and one game-winning
goal. Midfielder Brandon Bailey is tied for third with four
goals, which has he has recorded on only 19 shots.
Junior Daryl Satler has started and played in all 18 games
this season for the Hilltoppers. The junior has had a fairly
solid season, as he allowed 35 goals for a 1.89 goals against
average. Satler has recorded 103 saves, which leads the MVC,
and three shutouts. His three shutouts came early in the season
against Kentucky Wesleyan, North Carolina-Asheville and Radford.