GAME NOTES: Argonauts men's soccer to face GSC rivals Christian Brothers, Delta State
UWF looking for first win in conference play
PENSACOLA, Fla. - The West Florida men’s soccer team returns to Pensacola this weekend to host a pair of Gulf South Conference rivals. The Argonauts will face defending GSC champion Christian Brothers on Friday at 5 p.m., and on Sunday UWF will face Delta State at 12:30 p.m. Both games will take place at the UWF Soccer Complex on campus.
Live stats and audio for both games
Home sweet home
After the first two home games of the season were moved to Ashton Brosnaham Park, the Argonauts will finally play their first games on campus at the UWF Soccer Complex this weekend. In 2011, UWF finished the year with a 4-0-2 record on their home field, and they were also 2-0-1 at Brosnaham Park.
This week’s opponents
On Friday the Argonauts will have their first chance to face Christian Brothers since last year’s conference championship match. CBU and UWF finished that title game in a 0-0 tie, but the Buccaneers defeated the Argos 5-4 in a penalty kick shootout to take home the trophy. The Bucs (3-3, 2-0 GSC) are led by Jose Ferraz, who has tallied a team-best three goals and one assist this year.
Delta State, the Argos’ Sunday opponent, comes into the weekend with a 5-1 record and a 2-0 mark in league play. Head coach Matt Watts, a former assistant coach under UWF’s Bill Elliott, has led the Statesmen to one of their best starts in recent history. Caue DaSilva is the conference’s leading scorer with eight goals so far this year.
5-time Defender of the Week
Goalkeeper Ramon Sealy tallied his third straight GSC Defender of the Week honor on Tuesday. The senior made a career-high nine saves against Union, including one on a penalty kick. The award is also the fifth of his three-year career, matching current assistant coach Nolan Intermoia for the school record. Sealy is also two defender of the week awards shy of the conference record set by Montevallo keepers Melford James, Jr. and Raven Keet.
The Argos continue to play close games, as their one match last weekend finished in a 1-1 tie at Union. All four games this year have been decided by no more than one goal. Last season, the team had only four games decided by a margin of two or more goals.