#1 Men's Soccer Set to Begin Post-Season Play on Tuesday in NE-10 Quarterfinals

#1 Men's Soccer Set to Begin Post-Season Play on Tuesday in NE-10 Quarterfinals

Ravens play host to Merrimack at 7 p.m. in NE-10 Quarterfinals

RINDGE, N.H. (October 31, 2010) -- The No. 1-nationally ranked Franklin Pierce University men's soccer team opens post-season play on Tuesday night at 7 p.m. in Sodexo Field when the Ravens play host to Merrimack in the quarterfinals of the 2010 Northeast-10 Conference Championship. Franklin Pierce won the regular season championship and will enter the tournament as the top-seed, while Merrimack comes in as the eighth-seed. The winner of Tuesday's game will advance to the semifinals of the tournament which will be held on Friday.

Tickets can be purchased at the gate on game night and the cost is $5 for adults, $3 for children and seniors and $1 for college students (w/ ID) of the competing schools. Franklin Pierce students who present a school-ID at the gate will have the cost of their ticket covered, courtesy of the Athletics Department.

The match will be broadcast live on WFPC-LP FM 105.3 and over the internet at athletics.franklinpierce.edu(.)

The Ravens concluded their regular season with a 14-1-1 overall record, a 12-0-1 mark in league play and an unbeaten streak of 13-consecutive matches.

Graduate back Jeff Hay (Dudley, Mass.) leads the team in goals with seven, while junior midfielder Paul Latif (Newcastle, England) is tops on the squad in points with 19. Both players scored a goal in Saturday's 4-2 win at Saint Michael's. Also scoring the win over the Purple Knights were graduate forward Shaun Taylor (Isle of White, England) and junior midfielder Diego Tabares (Seekonk, Mass.). Both of those players each assisted on a goal during the match to register three-point afternoons. Taylor has scored a goal in three of the last four matches, while Tabares has scored in two-straight contests.

Franklin Pierce and Merrimack will be meeting for the second time this season as the Ravens picked up a 2-1 win over the Warriors back on Sept. 26 in Rindge. Latif logged a three-point game with a goal and an assist, while Tabares got the team's other tally. Junior goalkeeper Vinny Papageorgiou (Wilmington, Mass.) made four saves to earn the win in net.

For more information on Franklin Pierce men's soccer, please visit the team's page at athletics.franklinpierce.edu(.) To follow the program even further, please visit Franklin Pierce Athletics on YouTube (www.youtube.com/FranklinPierceSports), Twitter (www.twitter.com/FPUathletics) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/FranklinPierceAthletics).

2010 NORTHEAST-10 CONFERENCE MEN'S SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIP
Tuesday, Nov. 2
Quarterfinals
Match 1: #8 Merrimack at #1 Franklin Pierce
Match 2: #7 Stonehill at #2 Southern Connecticut
Match 3: #6 New Haven at #3 Bentley
Match 4: #5 Southern New Hampshire at #4 Le Moyne

Friday, Nov. 5
Semifinals - at Higher Seed
Match 5: Match 1 Winner vs. Match 4 Winner
Match 6: Match 2 Winner vs. Match 3 Winner

Sunday, Nov. 7
Championship – at Higher Seed
Match 7: Match 5 Winner vs. Match 6 Winner