Men's soccer weekly release
Bulls Open 2011 on Right Foot
The University at Buffalo men's soccer team opened the 2011 campaign with a 3-0 shutout of host St. Bonaventure Friday afternoon at McGraw-Jennings Field. The Bulls picked up goals from Nate Woods, Richard Craven and Andy Tiedt while junior Jonathan Viscosi made his UB debut in goal stopping eight shots.
Successful in Openers
The victory over St. Bonaventure righted the ship for the Bulls as they won their first match of the season for the sixth time in the last eight seasons. Since 2004, UB is 6-2 in opening matches with three of the victories, including the win over the Bonnies, coming via the shutout. UB dropped its first two matches in 2010 with weekend tournament losses to Big Ten powers Penn State and Ohio State.
Roster Roll Call
Nearly half of UB's roster is dotted with newcomers to the program, including four with previous college experience. The Bulls also boast players from five countries, the United States, Canada, England, Germany and Finland.
Viscosi Makes Memorable Debut in Goal
Junior Jonathan Viscosi made his UB debut a memorable one with the shutout against St. Bonaventure. Viscosi, who played the last two seasons at NAIA member Rio Grande in Ohio, stopped eight St. Bonaventure shots. The Bulls were outshot by the Bonnies, 16-7, with all three of UB's shots on goal finding the back of the net. At Rio Grande in 2010, Viscosi was 15-0 in goal in helping the RedStorm to a number one national ranking.
Two More Road Matches This Week
The Bulls hit the road twice this week with visits to Robert Morris on Wednesday and Detroit on Sunday. The Bulls defeated the Colonials, 3-2, last season at UB Stadium and hold a 2-1-2 advantage in the all-time series. Robert Morris comes into the contest with a 1-0 record following a season-opening win over Pittsburgh. The Bulls fell to the Titans, 1-0, at home in 2010. Detroit knocked off 19th-ranked Michigan State, 1-0, on Saturday and will host Saint Joseph's on Thursday prior to the contest with the Bulls.