Saturday, September 26, 2009

College Matchday: Barry at No.5 Tampa

WHEN: Saturday, 7 p.m., Pepin-Rood Stadium

NEED TO KNOW: No.5 Tampa opens its Sunshine State Conference schedule as it hosts Barry, a side it has historically held the upper-hand over. The Spartans are 14-7-2 all-time against the Buccaneers, including a 3-2 double-overtime victory in Miami last season.

The Spartans are expected to give a first start to New Zealander newcomer Greg O’Connor, who has impressed since he joined the squad at the beginning of this season. Coming off a 1-1 draw against then No.22 West Florida, Tampa (4-0-1) is looking to extend its undefeated start to the season.

Barry enters coming off a 3-1 win against Nova Southeastern, but it has been an up-and-down season so far for the Buccaneers (4-3-1), who haven’t yet been able to put together two consecutive victories. Mark Anderson leads the Bucs with seven goals in six games, including what proved to be the game-winner against Nova on Tuesday.

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