The Shippensburg University men’s soccer team will look to bolster its record after recording an above- average season last year.
The Raiders will look to finish off with a third consecutive trip to the NCAA tournament. They finished last season with a 9-6-2 record, earning their second consecutive trip to the tournament.
With a busy schedule in front of them, they will face its Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) foes as well as some out-of-town rivals, including University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown, University of District of Columbia, University of Charleston and West Virginia Wesleyan College.
The Raiders’ toughest opponents will come through PSAC foes Millersville University, Lock Haven University, Bloomsburg University and East Stroudsburg University. SU will have to face star athletes from these rival schools, notably MU’s Andrew Dukes and ESU’s Nemanja Nikolic.
This year, the Raiders return with the majority of its roster intact. Sophomore midfielder Chris Black led the team with goals last season, scoring five of the team’s total 17 goals of the season, including one game-winner in his freshman campaign.
Going into his sophomore year, Black should be primed to improve on those numbers and play a significant threat for the team. Junior forward Derrick Roy finished with four goals and lead the team with three game-winning goals.
Last season, SU out-scored its opponents 27-21, and heavily out-shot its opponents 277-216. The Raiders will try and continue this trend Friday against Chestnut Hill at 6:30 p.m. from David See Field.