Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

MEN'S COLLEGE SOCCER ; UC Opens NCAA Tournament Today with Familiar Opponent

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

MEN'S COLLEGE SOCCER ; UC Opens NCAA Tournament Today with Familiar Opponent

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University of Charleston men's soccer coach Chris Grassie doesn't think he's ever faced the same opponent four times in one season. He'll find out what it feels like at 7 p.m. today.

The No. 6 Golden Eagles open their NCAA tournament with their fourth match of 2015 against Notre Dame College. UC is the top seed in the Atlantic Region, while Notre Dame is seeded fourth.

The winner of this game will play Thursday against the winner of Sunday's Millersville-Urbana game.

"Beating a team three times is difficult in sports, Grassie said. "Beating them four times, a clean sweep, is tough. But if any group can do it, this group can do it.

UC (17-2) first faced Notre Dame (13-6) on Sept. 27, beating the Falcons 2-0. The Golden Eagles took a two-goal lead in their second match on Oct. 22, but Notre Dame responded with two second-half goals to tie the game. Will Roberts scored the game-winner for UC in the 83rd minute, deflecting a shot off Notre Dame's Declan McGivern and past goalkeeper Daniel Nagy.

The third game, for the Mountain East Conference championship, went scoreless until the 72nd minute, when Roberts scored on a penalty kick. Leighton Richards added another goal in the 87th minute for the 2-0 final and the Golden Eagles' seventh straight conference title.

Grassie feels both teams will wipe the slate clean in their minds and ignore past results, especially in this win-or-go-home scenario.

"They'll have the same mentality, Grassie said. "None of the other games matter for them. This time we can do it,' and they can do all that. They can say, We have nothing to lose. Let's just go there and be free.' For us, the trick is that we don't take it for granted and rely on the past wins to win this game.

Yet UC will analyze Notre Dame's past strategies, and Grassie figures the Falcons will employ what they used in the second and third games. In those two, Notre Dame slowed the game down, sent long balls into the box, lived for free kicks and used long throw- ins. …

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