October 10, 2012

Men's Soccer Hoping Home Cooking Is Answer In Final Third Of Season

Abbai Habte vs BVU

HU men's soccer coach Alex Morawiecki was hoping his team would be able to use this part of the 2012 schedule -- where Hamline plays five of its last six games at Paterson Field -- to be a part of the MIAC playoff chase. Such will be the case ... but it's not exactly how Morawiecki hoped would happen.

The Pipers (2-9-1, 0-6 MIAC) can throw a serious wrench into the plans two teams this week that have designs on league leader St. Thomas. The first of those opportunities comes Wednesday, October 10 when HU hosts Gustavus at Paterson Field. game time is 4:00 p.m. The Gusties are 8-2-1 overall and in second place in the MIAC with a 4-1-1 mark. Forward Zach Brown ranks second in the league in goals with eight on a team that has scored just 21 total tallies. But GAC has allowed just nine netters, which is tied for the fewest in the league.

Hamline comes into the game off another near-miss, a 1-0 loss at St. Mary's last Saturday night. As has often been the case this year, the battle was tight most of the way. Hanmline had chances, unloading 14 shots at the SMU net. The Cardinals did not break through until the 84th minute with the game's lone tally. Morawiecki is hoping a return to the friendly soil -- where Hamline is a respectable 2-3-1 this season -- may be the trigger that points to the season's first conference win.

On Saturday, Carleton (10-1-1, 3-1-1 MIAC) visits Paterson Saturday for a 1:00 p.m. affair.

A live stats link for the match can be found on the front page of the website as well as in the left hand column of the soccer page.