In the final stretch of the 2010 Men’s Soccer season, the Patriots hope to continue their recent winning ways. After a five game winless streak, the Patriots (6-5-1, 2-3-1) have righted the ship with back to back wins coming against the Towson Tigers, the first win at Towson since 1996, and a home win against the James Madison Dukes. With the leadership of redshirt senior forward Ernesto Marquez, the Patriots look to finish out the year strong and make some noise in both the CAA Tournament as well as the NCAA Tournament. Marquez scored two goals and had three assists last week as the men’s soccer team knocked off two teams ranked in the top 40 in the RPI.

This week, the Patriots face CAA opponents in the Delaware Blue Hens and the Northeastern Huskies. Delaware (3-7-2, 2-3-1) has had an up and down season but have relied on the play of junior midfielder Evans Frimpong, senior midfielder Jon Scheer, and senior midfielder Ben Rodkey. Last year, the Patriots beat the Blue Hens when they visited Fairfax and hope to continue their win streak against Delaware. The game will be played on Wednesday, October 20th at 7 p.m. at Mason Stadium. I think we can expect a tough contest but in the end a 3-1 victory for the Patriots.

Northeastern (4-5-3, 1-1-3) has also had their fair share of letdowns this year. With three ties in conference play, most recently coming against UNC-Wilmington this past Saturday, the Huskies are looking to finish out games and get a win against the Patriots on Saturday. Led by junior forward Mike Kennedy, who leads the team with five goals, freshman forward Ricardo McDonald, and senior forward Nick Lueders, the Huskies have offensive threats all over the field. Last season, the Patriots lost 1-0 to the Huskies at home. They aim to get revenge in Boston, MA this Saturday. With the many skilled scorers on both sides, look for a fairly high scoring contest with the Patriots winning a close 4-3 game.