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October 19, 2011

Soccer team can determine its own fate this week

KINGS POINT, N.Y. – The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy soccer team enters its final week of the Landmark Conference regular season with destiny in its hands and at its feet.

 

Regardless how their conference rivals fare, the second-place Mariners (8-5-1, 3-1-1 LC) need a win and a tie in their final conference games.

 

They host third-place Drew University (12-2, 3-1) at Tomb Field Wednesday at 7:45 p.m. play at Susquehanna at noon Saturday to clinch a berth in the conference semifinals.

 

The Landmark semifinals are scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 2 with the top two seeds hosting games. The final is set for Saturday, Nov. 5 at the top-seeded school.

 

Drew will be a tough nut to crack, having allowed but six goals while recording nine shutouts this season and allowing its foes to score two goals only once.

 

The Rangers are 4-0-0 on the road. Goalkeeper Rich Boland has a 0.42 goals-against average and seven shutouts. John Nogiewich (five goals) is their leading goal-scorer, followed by Ricardo Castro, Kevin Veliz and Matthew Gragnano with four goals each.

 

Senior Andrew MacKenzie leads Merchant Marine with five goals, followed by Hollis Irvine and Ryan Silveira with four each.

Photo: On Saturday, the Mariners' senior players and their families were honored in pre-game ceremonies on Tomb Field.