BOSTON – The Suffolk men's soccer team makes the short trip to Chestnut Hill Wednesday, Sept. 14 for a mid-week non-conference contest at Pine Manor. Game time is set for 3:30 p.m.
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LAST TIME OUT
Lesley broke a scoreless tie in the 106th minute to steal a victory from the Suffolk men's soccer team Monday evening at James A. Sartori Stadium at East Boston Memorial Park.
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RUNDOWN ON THE RAMS
All four of Suffolk's games this season have been decided by one goal with the Rams coming out victorious in just one, a 1-0 decision over Albertus Magnus Sept. 10.
Alberto Bittan leads the way offensively for the Rams. The senior forward is responsible for 66.7 percent (6-9) of Suffolk's scoring this season, racking up six of the blue-and-gold's nine goals. He also has one assist to his credit. Jordan Casey's four points off one score and a team-best two assist are good for second on the team with Alvin Di and Aaron Haggas each netting one goal apiece.
Kyle Van Cleef has started and played every minute of action this season. The sophomore boasts a .694 save percentage with 25 stops and a 2.61 goals-against average.
GET TO KNOW THE GATORS
Pine Manor sandwiched a 3-0 win over Becker around defeats to Newbury (3-0) and Maine Farmington (2-0).
Eduardo Lechuga's two goals pace the Gators' offense with Samuel Solano also notching a score. Daniel Alanis and Jose Corrales each dished out Pine Manor's two assists.
In net, Oscar Estrada has stood tall with a .667 save percentage thanks to 10 saves and owns a 1.67 goals-against average.
INSIDE THE SERIES
Suffolk and Pine Manor met last year for the first time. The Rams fell to the Gators, 3-0, in East Boston.
GOALIE OF THE WEEK
For the second straight week a member of the Suffolk men's soccer team was honored by the conference as sophomore keeper Kyle Van Cleef was named GNAC Corvias Goalie of the Week following a shutout performance in the Rams' league opener.
Suffolk won its conference opener for the first time since defeating Anna Maria in the first league game of the 2012 season, 9-0.
The Rams shutout over Albertus Magnus Sept. 10 was the first time Suffolk kept an opponent scoreless since a 2-0 win versus Johnson & Wales Sept. 27, 2014.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Alberto Bittan picked up the first GNAC Corvias Player of the Week honor of the 2016 campaign, as the senior notched 11 points off five goals and on assist in a two-game opening week for Suffolk men's soccer.
Alberto Bittan knocked in three goals against UMass Dartmouth Sept. 4, becoming the first Ram to register a hat trick since Djibril Niang did so against the Corsairs Oct. 28, 2014.
Suffolk's five goals in the 6-5 setback to UMass Dartmouth Sept. 4 are the most for the Rams since Suffolk matched that number versus Anna Maria Oct. 13, 2014.
For the second straight year, Suffolk Athletics invites all members of Ram Nation to East Boston Memorial Park for a double feature soccer contest and #RamsFanFest Saturday, Oct. 15.
SUFFOLK FREE RADIO
Suffolk Athletics has teamed up with Suffolk Free Radio to bring Ram Nation 17 live broadcasts of Suffolk soccer games this season.
The pre-game shows are set to launch 15 minutes prior to kick-off of all contests and fans can follow along at mixlr.com/suffolkfreeradio/.
Suffolk returns to East Boston Saturday, Sept. 17 for a 1 p.m. game versus Regis.