LEXINGTON, Va. – Returning home after a two-game road swing, the Virginia Military Institute men’s soccer team will play host to nearby foe Radford University on Wednesday afternoon. Game time is slated for 4 p.m. at the friendly confines of Patchin Field.
Fans unable to make it to Lexington, the action can be followed through a live stats link, provided by VMI’s athletic communications department. The game will also be streamed live on the internet through the Big South Network.
Wednesday’s weather is expected to be in the upper 60s near game time (4 p.m.) with partly cloudy skies and winds near 15 miles per hour. There is a 20 percent chance of rain.
Separated by just 90 miles, Wednesday’s game will be the 26th time the Highlanders and Keydets have gotten together. Radford leads the series 5-18-2, but Patchin Field has been fair to VMI in the series. When facing Radford at home, VMI is 4-6-2, with two wins coming in the last two meetings in Lexington (1-0 2008, 3-0 2010). The Keydets are currently working a 217-minute shutout at home against the Highlanders, dating back to the 53rd minute of the 2006 match up, which Radford won 1-0.
The Last Meeting Between the
Last season, the Keydets dropped a 4-1 decision on the road against the Highlanders. Current senior Kip Zechman scored VMI’s lone tally, caging a shot in the 73rd minute, cutting Radford’s lead in half. But another Radford goal in the 84th minute, followed by an own goal against VMI in the 88th minute, sealed the Keydets’ fate.
In goal, Taylor Feuerstein made six saves while Blake McCauley was given the assist on Zechman’s goal. VMI was outshot 22-6, with both teams taking the same number of shots in each half, 11 for Radford and three for VMI.
Careers Versus Radford
Two current Keydets have notched goals against the Highlanders. Zechman scored VMI’s lone goal last season while fellow senior Matt Seinfeld notched three points against Radford in a 3-0 win in 2010. Seinfeld tallied what proved to be the game-winning assist to Amir Shihata in the 20th minute before Seinfeld pushed an insurance goal across in the 64th minute.
In goal, only Feuerstein has experience against Radford. He played in all 90 minutes last season, making six saves in that time.
VMI’s Last Time Out
For a second-straight game, VMI withstood a barrage, this time holding its own against 17 shots from Gardner-Webb University. Feuerstein and Daniel Kitchen combined to allow just one goal in the game. The marker in the 70th minute is the only goal VMI allowed in its games last week, the first time since 2010 VMI allowed one goal or less in at least a two-game span.
Kitchen started the game, but left in the 20th minute with an injury and was spelled by Feuerstein for the final 70 minutes. Each keeper made two saves while the defense was credited with a team save. Only two Keydets managed shots; David Rochow and Kyle Farmer each put one shot on goal while Farmer tallied an additional attempt that did not find the frame.
Scouting the Keydets
Six different Keydets (1-8-1, 0-3-1 BSC) have found the back of the net, with Blake McCauley and Andrew Starnes each scoring a pair. Kyle Farmer and Hunter Morgan have each tallied one assist, while Farmer, McCauley and Starnes are all tied with a team-best four points each.
Matt Seinfeld has taken the most shots of anyone on the team with 22, nearly doubling Kip Zechman’s 13 attempts. Farmer and Rochow have 10 attempts apiece.
Between the pipes, Daniel Kitchen has logged 534 minutes of action, over half of VMI’s team total (920). In that time, he has made 33 stops at a .688 percent clip. He is currently ranked 41st in the country in saves per game (4.71). VMI sits in 35th as a team, averaging 5.0 saves an outing. His 0-0 tie with No. 23 High Point gave him his first shutout, in addition to a career-high in saves (11). Kitchen’s saves in the High Point game were the most by a VMI keeper this season.
Scouting the Highlanders
In the most recent NSCAA South Atlantic Poll, Radford received votes for a second straight week, coming into Wednesday’s game with an overall record of 6-2-3 (4-0-0 BSC). The Highlanders are riding a three-game winning streak and are unbeaten in their last five games.
The Keydets will need to keep an eye on Bernardo Ulmo, who has 20 points (9g, 2a) and is ranked ninth in the country in points per game (1.82) and eighth in total points. He ranks No. 5 nationally in goals per game (0.82) and sixth in total goals (9.0). Chel Ho Park Kim is second on the team in scoring with 10 points (3g, 4a). The pair has combined for four of Radford’s six game-winning goals, with Ulmo netting three and Park Kim with the fourth.
In goal, Ryan Taylor has played every minute of Highlander soccer this season seeing 1,073 minutes of action. During that time, he has made 42 saves, stopping opponents 79.2 percent of the time and has logged three shutouts this year.
Forché Name VMI Athlete of the Week
Kyle Forché was named VMI Athlete of the Week for the time period ending Sept. 12.
In his first-ever collegiate game at Patchin Field (Sept. 7), Kyle Forché made the most of it, burying his first goal for VMI in the 2012 Jay Sculley Memorial Tournament, helping him earn all-tournament honors. The 5-10 freshman headed in a ball from senior David Rochow, who was near the midfield, setting up Forché's leaping header against George Washington University. Forché capped his first weekend of home games with three shots, including two against the Colonials. Forché was efficient with his shots, putting all three attempts on cage, en route to his first career game-winner.
Forché is the first men’s soccer player to earn VMI Athlete of the Week honors since Brian Harding on Nov. 9, 2010.