Nov 05, 2018
WASHINGTON — The American University men's soccer team returns to the Patriot League Tournament after one-year hiatus to visit defending league champs Colgate on Tuesday evening.
- We Meet Again — American will meet Colgate for the second time in three seasons in the Patriot League Tournament. The Raiders defeated AU in the 2016 PL Championship on penalty kicks. Colgate hosted the 2015 tournament, where AU fell to Lehigh. Earlier this season, AU and Colgate played to a scoreless tie on Oct. 6.
- All-PL Team — Sophomore Jerry Zouantcha and junior Fabio Massaro were both selected to the All-Patriot League Teams. Zouantcha was picked for the second team while Massaro claimed third-team honors. A first-time selection for both, Massaro led the Eagles with seven goals and 14 points this season. Zouantcha was third on the team with four goals and nine points.
- Freshmen Become Sophomores — This season, American welcomed eight freshmen to the fold with four getting regular minutes. Keeper Lucas Manso and defender/midfielder Malachy McGovern made the biggest impact for the Eagles while Matt Barresi and Will Giannakouros saw time as key reserves.
- Backs That Score — Sophomore Oscar McConnell found the back of the net three times for AU this season. McConnell had the most goals by an AU defender since Chris Fanet scored two goals in the 2015-16 season.
- Vocal Leaders That Make Saves for $200, Alex — Lucas Manso has been a local field general for the Eagles this season as he posted a 2.05 goals against average with a .644 save percentage. In this first season, Manso had helped American's young core develop into one of the top up-and-coming units in the PL. Despite injuries at center back, Manso has become an aggressive keeper who American can lean on for the next three seasons.
- Technically Aren't We The Raiders? — Colgate went 4-2 since the scoreless tie with American. The Raiders are 7-1-1 at home this season with the one loss to Cornell. Oliver Harris leads the Raiders with eight points. Harris and Abdel Sanogo each have three goals each.
- An American win pits the Eagles against tournament host Loyola on Friday at 4 p.m.