Buffs Soccer Look to Keep Win Streak Alive Against Oklahoma Baptist and #6 St. Edward’s

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The West Texas A&M men’s soccer team will play two matches in a week for the first time in nearly a month. The Buffs will host Oklahoma Baptist on Oct. 12 at 7 p.m. at The Pitch. After hosting the Bison, WT will travel to No. 6 St. Edward’s on Oct. 17 at 1 p.m.

ON THE WEB
WT will provide live stats and video for the match on Monday against OBU. St. Edward’s will provide live stats and video for the match on Saturday. Find the links by clicking on the Men’s Soccer schedule at GoBuffsGo.com. Also follow @BuffsMensSoccer on twitter to get updates during the match.

SCOUTING OKLAHOMA BAPTIST
The Bison are entering Monday’s match after having played one match in the past two weeks, a win over Johnson & Wales University (Colo.). OBU has won two their last three matches including a 2-1 victory over Ouachita Baptist.

Kervy Robles leads the team in nearly every statistical category including minutes played (770), goals (7), points (15) and shots (36). Robles has scored a goal in two of his last three games. Vincente Castillo leads the team with three assists and is second in points (nine).

The Bison have played three different goalkeepers throughout the season with Marcus Oliveira starting eight matches. His only shutout of the season came in a 1-0 victory over Oklahoma City.

OKLAHOMA BAPTIST VS. WEST TEXAS A&M- THE SERIES
– This is the first career meeting between the two schools.
– WT has an all-time record of 19-6-1 against schools from Oklahoma.

SCOUTING ST. EDWARD’S
The Hilltoppers entered last week’s matchup with #1 Midwestern State only having allowed one goal all season. But the Mustangs scored three goals to hand SEU it’s first loss of the season. St. Edward’s held a 2-1 advantage unitl giving up two goals in the final 13 minutes and spoiling their upset bid. They returned to their winning on Saturday against Newman.

The Hilltoppers statistically have one of the best defenses in the nation. Senior goalkeeper Kevin Leib and the defense lead the nation in shutout percentage (0.8) and are top five in two different categories: team goals against average (third) and save percentage (third). Individually Leib is ranked in the top five in two categories: goals against average (fourth) and save percentage (fifth).

Because their defense has been so dominant, many people have overlooked St. Edward’s offense which also ranks high in the NCAA in assists per game (seventh), team goals (ninth) and scoring offense (10th). Individually Joshua Taylor is 12th in the nation in total assist with seven and 15th in assists per game (0.7) Dylan Armstrong leads the Hilltoppers with five goals while Jack Blanton has four followed by Owain Hoskins with three.

WEST TEXAS A&M VS. ST. EDWARD’S- THE SERIES
– WT leads the all-time series against St. Edward’s, 12-5-0.
– Before losing the last two matches, WT had defeated the Hilltoppers seven consecutive times ranging from 2005 to 2011.
– The Buffs lead the all-time series in Austin, 5-3-0.
– The Hilltoppers defeated the Buffs, 4-0, in Canyon last season.

BUFFS STATS
– The Buffs last earned four consecutive shutouts in Sept./Oct. 2009 when they had six in a row.
– The Buffs last opened the season 4-0 at home in 2013 when they won their first six at The Pitch.
– WT has outscored their opponents 12-2 at The Pitch this season.
– With his 10th career shutout against TAMUI, Patrick Satorie is now sixth in most career shutouts in WT history. Also, he is currently six in career saves with 85.
– The Buffs are a perfect 4-4 from the penalty spot this season.

COACHES THOUGHTS
focus going into this week’s matches:
“First of all, we just need some rejuvenation. We have had a lot of kids play a lot of minutes in a short amount of time. We need to put a fresh and energetic team on the field. We are going to focus on Monday’s match before moving on to St. Edward’s on Saturday. We are hoping to have George (Beasley) and Alex (Villalon) back by Saturday’s match. We are going to continue to work on what we have been working on and improving on the little things. There were times when I felt we were sharp when we beat Texas A&M-International. We need to stay fresh, both mentally and physically.”

PLAY OF BACK LINE AND THREE STRAIGHT SHUTOUTS:
“It has gotten a lot better and a lot of that credit goes to Coach Crowder. He has spent a lot of time working with them which has helped them become more cohesive as a group. The success of the back four really comes down to understanding how each other plays, communication and relationships on the field. A lot of the goals that we gave up early in the season were little mistakes. But we have a lot of momentum right now and want to keep that going.”

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