Another big test for Mariners' booters on Saturday
KINGS POINT, N.Y. – The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy soccer team continues its long homestand by hosting Catholic University at Tomb Field at noon on Saturday.
The game will be the second of a five-game homestand over 16 days. It is also the second of three consecutive games in which Kings Point will meet NCAA Division III tournament teams. The Mariners stunned William Paterson College, the 18th-ranked team by the D3Soccer.com, 1-0, on Tuesday on Andrew MacKenzie's team-leading fourth goal. The Merchant Marines will host Stevens Tech on Wednesday, Oct. 12.
You probably cannot find more of an evenly matched game. Both schools are unbeaten in conference play as the Mariners (7-3-1) are 2-0-1 and the Cardinals (7-3-0) are 2-0-0. Last year the teams tied in the regular season, 0-0. They also played to a scoreless draw in the Landmark Conference final, with the Cardinals winning on penalty kicks, 3-0.
This encounter also is a homecoming for Catholic coach Travis Beauchamp, who was a Kings Point assistant for three years.
"John Fitzgerald [associate head coach] and I enjoyed working with him," Mariners head coach Mike Smolens said. "We're pleased and proud on what he has accomplished."
Beauchamp, who is in his fifth year at the school, directed Catholic into the Division III tournament last year, along with KP. It is rare for a conference to get an at-large bid.
Catholic is paced by defender Mike Brennan (five goals). Earl Hamilton, Kevin Romano and Ben Fernandez have three goals apiece.
The Mariners (1-4, 0-1) will try to record their first Liberty League win against Worcester Polytechnic Institute (2-3, 1-1) at Alumni Field in Worcester, Mass. at 4 p.m. on Saturday.
The game is available on the Merchant Marine Football Network Seth Cantor will handle the play-by-play, beginning this Saturday, when Kings Point visits WPI for its second Liberty League game of the season in Worcester, Mass.
The pre-game show is set for 3:30 p.m., followed by the kickoff at 4 p.m.
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After defeating John Jay College on the road on Thursday night, the Mariners women will have a nine-day break from competition. They will return to action in Washington, D.C. on Oct. 15. They will play Juniata and Goucher on Friday, Oct. 15 and Moravian on Saturday, Oct. 16.
The men's and women's cross country team have off until Oct. 22, when they compete in a meet at Sunken Meadow State Park.