Preview: Colonials hope to win first conference game of the season against The Mount

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Preview: Colonials hope to win first conference game of the season against The Mount

Photo Credit: David Auth

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Photo Credit: David Auth

Photo Credit: David Auth

Andrew Arrigo, Contributor

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MOON TOWNSHIP — The Colonials (1-6-1) hope to take down Mount St. Mary’s (3-3) in their first conference game of the season. The Colonials will be hosting the Mountaineers this Friday at 3:00 p.m.

Recapping RMU

The men’s soccer team most recently faced the Howard University Bison (1-5-1) this past Sunday. The game ended in a 1-1 draw even though both teams attempted a total of 27 shots over the course of the game. The lone Colonials goal was scored by Matt Cillo, the first of his career. Prior to Sunday’s draw, the Colonials lost 2-0 to Duquesne University (6-1-1) on September 18.

Scouting Mount St. Mary’s

The Mountaineers have lost their last three games, most recently to James Madison University (6-2). They have not been able to score a goal within their last four games, but they did manage to score four goals during their season opener against Winthrop University (1-5), and 2 goals against Bucknell University (2-3-2) in their second game of the year.

Since 2006, the Colonials have a 1-4-3 record against Mount St. Mary’s. The last meeting between the two sides took place on October 26 of last year, where the Colonials managed to beat the Mountaineers 2-1.

Players to Watch

Yann Kouemi (Mount St. Mary’s)

Kouemi is one of the Mountaineers’ leading goal scorers this season. The Mount St. Mary’s forward also has the second most shot attempts on the team with 14, only two less from his entire shot total all of last season. The Colonials will have to keep an eye Kouemi and limit the number of chances he has to score if they hope to win their first conference game of the season.

Ethan Romito (RMU)

The freshman from Annapolis, Maryland, has only scored 1 goal so far this season and has only attempted 4 shots total. Despite this, Romito is tied with several players for leading goal scorer so far this season, and 3 of his 4 shots have all been on target. Romito has been given just over 300 minutes this season, which is less than half the amount of time given to senior Christopher Coridon (who leads the team in minutes with 740), but for the time he has been on the field, the freshmen has been productive and useful in the Colonials’ offense. Romito makes the most of his time on the field and he could make a big impact on this game.

Prediction

Being that this is the first conference game of the season for the men’s soccer team, I think that they will be focused and locked in to ensure an early conference victory. I believe that the game will end in a 3-1 Colonial victory over Mount St. Mary’s.