Men's soccer weekly release
Bulls Blast Bowling Green
A five-goal onslaught in the second half gave the University at Buffalo men's soccer team an easy 5-0 win over visiting Bowling Green Sunday afternoon in Mid-American Conference play at UB Stadium. With the win the Bulls (7-5-1, 2-0 MAC) remain undefeated in league play.
A Fine Merlo
Junior forward Joey Merlo scored two goals in UB's victory over the Falcons. A transfer from Division III Mount Union, Merlo scored the first of his two markers in the 72nd minute on an assist by Maksym Kowal for a 2-0 advantage. Merlo then netted his second of the match in the 85th minute for the final tally of UB's five second-half goals. Merlo tied Andy Tiedt for the team goals lead this season as both have scored four times. Merlo also moved into a tie for third place with Nate Woods.
UB's five goals (two by Merlo and one each by Kowal, Woods and Vinny DiVirgilio were the most scored by the Bulls since a 6-0 shutout of Florida Atlantic on November 13, 2008 in the first round of the MAC Tournament. All-conference honor Dan Bulley scored the first three markers, including two first-half goals in the match's opening 12 minutes. Steffen Thoresen scored UB's fourth goal and Rich Wilson and Lucas Bassan combined with each other for the fifth and sixth goals as eached assisted on the other's goal.
Viscosi Shuts Out Another
Junior goalkeeper Jonathan Viscosi recorded his fourth shutout of the season in Sunday's 5-0 win over Bowling Green. The transfer, who played his first two seasons at NAIA member Rio Grande, now has as many shutouts this season as the Bulls had in the 2010 season. UB had four 2010 shutouts as Nick Fetterman and Ryan Aubrey each accounted for two blankings. Fetterman also had four shutouts in 2009. Dan Bell (2006) and Bobby Shuttleworth (2008) each had eight season shutouts while Bell earned nine shutouts in 2005.
Scouting the Broncos
The Bulls continue MAC play this Saturday at Western Michigan at 1:00 pm. UB fell to the Broncos, 2-1, in last season's home finale at UB Stadium on November 5 as Rich Wilson scored UB's lone goal. The match determined the third and fourth seeds for the following weekend's MAC Tournament as the Bulls were eliminated by top-seeded and eventual national champion Akron in the opening round. This season, WMU is 4-7-1 and 0-1-1 in MAC play, standing in fifth place. The Broncos tied Florida Atlantic, 1-1, on Saturday with Kyle Farris scoring for WMU. WMU travels to Indianapolis for a non-league match at IUPUI on Wednesday before entertaining the Bulls. Shane Lyons leads the Broncos with six goals and 13 points this season. Goalkeeper Matt Murrell is 4-4-1 with a 1.46 goals against average in 10 contests.