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by: David S. Williams
Men's Soccer Opens A-Sun Play Hosting NKU, Lipscomb
Courtesy: Stetson University  
Release:  10/03/2013
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The Stetson men’s soccer team is set to open up Atlantic Sun Conference play this weekend, playing host to Northern Kentucky and Lipscomb at the Athletic Training Center.

The Hatters (1-5-2), who are coming off of a difficult 3-1 loss to La Salle last Saturday, will be looking to start conference play off on the right foot. The last time Stetson won the A-Sun Championship, the Hatters began league play with a 4-2 win at Jacksonville.

Stetson welcomes Northern Kentucky (3-2-4) to DeLand for the team’s first match at the Athletic Training Center on Friday at 7:00 p.m. The Norse have tied their last two contests, and they haven’t lost since falling to Western Michigan in overtime on Sept. 13.

After taking on Florida Gulf Coast on Friday, Lipscomb (4-4-1) will challenge the Hatters on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. The Bisons are 1-2-0 on the road this season and recently split a pair of road games at Georgia State (L, 2-1) and Missouri State (W, 1-0).

This weekend’s contests will have general admission tickets priced at $5 for adults and $4 for seniors and students. All home soccer matches are free to Stetson students, faculty, and staff with a Stetson University ID. For more information call (386) 738-HATS.

The match can also be watched live on HatterVision with Ryan Rouse on the call. Live Stats on, the @StetsonMSoccer Twitter feed, and Hat-Alerts are also available for in-game updates.

• Stetson is 3-1 in its last four Atlantic Sun Conference openers.

• Northern Kentucky holds a 1-0-0 advantage over Stetson in the all-time series after defeating the Hatters 1-0 in Highland Heights last season in the first ever meeting between the two teams.

• Stetson holds a 7-1-2 advantage over Lipscomb in the all-time series between the two teams, which dates back to 2003 when Stetson won 2-0 in Nashville.

• Last season Stetson and Lipscomb tied 1-1 in double overtime in Nashville. Caleb Matthews scored off of a Jonathan Mendoza assist in the draw.

• The Hatters have scored seven goals in 2013, each recorded by a different player; Evan Jimmo, Gianluca Carbone, Chase Rodgers, JJ Bostic, Dwight Lodge, Justin Shirah, and Raffaele Centofanti.

• Jimmo, Centofanti, and Shirah lead the Hatters with one goal and one assist each this season.

• Senior Andreas Schnabl’s shutout against UMass Lowell was the 13th of his career, which is a school record.

• Schnabl also currently tops the Stetson record books with a career goals-against-average of 1.28.

• Schnabl’s eight saves against Grand Canyon tied a career best (Also 8 at FIU on 9/9/11). It tied for the most since Logan Potter’s 13 vs. Lipscomb on 10/9/09.

• 13 new players have seen action this season, and eight have started. Moreover, nine freshmen have appeared in matches in 2013, and four have been in the starting lineup.

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