Dragons To Tangle With GLIAC Newbies

The Dragons will hit the road to open GLIAC play, taking on Purdue Northwest and Davenport University.
The Dragons will hit the road to open GLIAC play, taking on Purdue Northwest and Davenport University.

The Tiffin University men's soccer team opens GLIAC play with matchups against the newest members of the GLIAC. The Dragons will play Purdue Northwest University on Friday and then Davenport University on Sunday.

Tiffin University (1-2-1) vs. Purdue Northwest University (1-1-1)

Hard To Win If You Don't Score: The Dragons and Pride of Purdue Northwest rank next to last and dead last respectively in the GLIAC in team goals. Tiffin has scored three goals in four games, and the Pride have netted only one goal in three games. 

Dynamite Defense: With only one goal scored, most teams would be winless. The Pride's defense has kept them in games this season, allowing only two goals, both in the first game of the year. In their two previous games Purdue Northwest pitched shutouts, defeating Wisconsin Parkside 1-0 and tying Bethel 0-0 on September 9.

Keeper Pride: Purdue Northwest's goalkeeper is allowing only .62 goals against this year, seeing only two shots get by him. Miguel David is saving 87.5% of the shots against him, accumulating 14 saves this season. David's save percentage is inside the top 20 in the nation.

Tough Outing: The Dragons played the top team in the nation last Sunday, falling to the University of Charleston 4-0.

Can't Score If You Don't Shoot: The Dragons are averaging only 10.25 shots per game, 145th in the nation and next to last in the GLIAC. Only 39% of Tiffin's shots have been on goal (16/41), while 44% of the opposition's shots have been on goal. Of the 41 shots taken by Tiffin, only three have found the net, and of the shots on goal only 19% have found the net.

Players To Watch:

Matt Bahena - Having scored the Pride's only goal, Bahena's lone shot on goal found pay dirt.

Miguel David - The Pride's goalkeeper has allowed only two goals this season, saving 87.5% of the shots against him.

Tiffin University vs. Davenport University (3-1)

Roaring Into The GLIAC: The Davenport University Panthers were picked to finish 2nd in the GLIAC Preseason Coaches' Poll. The Panthers received 29 points and two 1st place votes. Thus far this year, Davenport leads the GLIAC in scoring offense, averaging 3.25 goals per game. 

Sharing The Ball: The Panthers lead the GLIAC in goals (13). They also lead the GLIAC in assists (11). Combining the two statistical categories, the Panthers have accumulated 37 points, which leads the GLIAC.

Top Shot: Davenport is averaging 17.3 shots per game (23rd in the NCAA), with 8.75 coming on goal.

Go Sit In The Corner: The Panthers are 2nd in the GLIAC in corner kicks, totaling 24. The Dragons have taken 16, sitting 4th in the GLIAC. 

Player To Watch:

Brogan Shrimpton - Leading the GLIAC in goals and sitting 2nd in the NCAA, Shrimpton has landed eight balls in the back of the net. Brogan has one assist this season, totaling 17 points, eight more than the entire Tiffin team.