PREVIEW: @Patriot_msoccer to host UTD in ASC opener
UTD (2-3, 0-1)
UT Tyler (2-1-2, 1-0)
9/14/2017 | Tyler, Tx | Attendance: 280
UT Tyler112
UTTM28:01Leandro Fernandez (Lucas Pereira )
UTTM45:40Leandro Fernandez (Lucas Pereira )
UTDChase Therrien90:0024
UTTMJohn McGuffin90:0005
Stats at a GlanceUTDUTTM
Shots (on Goal)8 (5)14 (6)
Corner Kicks43
Yellow Cards22

Wednesday, September 13, 2017
by Wes Bloomquist || wbloomquist@uttyler.edu

TYLER – The UT Tyler men’s soccer team will open American Southwest Conference play and host its first game of the season at 7 p.m. on Thursday when the Patriots welcome UT Dallas to the Citizens 1st Bank-Perkins Soccer Complex.

The Patriots (1-1-2) started the season with non-conference road games in San Antonio and Tacoma, Washington, but will now play on their home field for the first time in 2017 against the Comets (2-2-0) who have won the past two ASC tournament titles. UT Tyler was 3-1 in conference home games last season and fell 2-1 against UTD in its regular-season matchup in Richardson last season. The Patriots and Comets met in the 2015 ASC Championship finals with UTD taking the title on penalty kicks in the last meeting between the two rivals in Tyler.

UT Tyler opened its season with a 1-0 win over No. 7-ranked University of the Redlands and is coming off a scoreless draw against Pacific Lutheran and a 2-1 loss to Puget Sound last weekend in Washington. The Comets played a pair of neutral field games last weekend in Abilene where they earned a 3-0 win over Southwestern before taking a 2-1 loss to No. 12 Trinity. UTD, which is receiving votes in the United Soccer Coaches NCAA Division III Poll, also has a loss on its record from a 2-1 season-opening decision against Austin College at home.

Caio Godinho leads the Patriots this season with two goals, while Lucas Pereira has one goal and an assist to start his junior season. Pereira, who is a two-time all-region selection, has 13 goals and six assists in his career. Godinho now has three goals in his career after scoring against Puget Sound and Our Lady of the Lake following a freshman season with one goal. UT Tyler senior Leandro Cid-Fernandez has not scored a goal through four games, but leads the Patriots with 10 shots. Cid-Fernandez is the second all-time leading scorer in program history with 30 goals which is only behind Barrett Browning who recorded 33 in his career with the Patriots.

UT Tyler senior goalkeeper John McGuffin has recorded two shutouts and has made 10 saves for a defense that has allowed only 11 shots on goal through four games.

The Patriots will return to action at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday when they host Howard Payne in their second ASC game of the season before traveling to central Texas next week for road games at Concordia and Mary Hardin-Baylor.

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