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Men’s Preview: Conf. crowns up for grabs

Article Written by J.R. Eskilson
Published: October 29, 2015

The games of the week turn away from the ACC this week with a number of other conferences taking over the spotlight. The conference battles should be fierce as the regular season is quickly coming to an end. 

Which conference titles could be decided this weekend? Check out below in the TDS Men’s Division I soccer preview. 

Five Games to Watch (all records as of Oct. 28)

No. 11 Coastal Carolina (11-1-1, 5-1) vs. Radford (12-2-1, 7-1), Oct. 31, 6 p.m. (ET)

The Big South is a three team race with Radford leading the pack heading into this week. Coastal Carolina has the most ground to make up as the Chanticleers were in third at the start of the week. The conference battle should be an exciting one with Radford’s attack in fine form heading into this match-up. 

Charlotte (8-4-2, 5-0-1) vs. No. 17 Kentucky (8-3-2, 4-0-1), Oct. 31, 8 p.m. (ET)

After a rocky start to the season, Charlotte is hitting its stride through conference play and charging to the top of the Conference USA standings. This Saturday’s game against Kentucky is a battle between the top two teams in the conference. Keep an eye on Kentucky goalkeeper Callum Irving who has six shutouts this season for the Wildcats. 

No. 6 Akron (11-2-2, 2-0-1) vs. UCLA (7-7-1, 3-3-1), Nov. 1, 1 p.m. (ET)

The lone non-conference battle to get some attention this week will be in Akron where the Zips host the Bruins on Sunday. From the standpoint of records or meaningful games, this is relatively low on the list, but the two teams play quality soccer and the revolving door at goalkeeper for the Bruins makes it a fun game to guess who will start in that position on Sunday. Plus Abu Danladi is playing so that should be enough for anyone to carve out some time for this game. 

Harvard (7-5-2, 3-1) vs. No. 20 Dartmouth (8-4-1, 4-0), Oct. 31, 4:30 p.m. (ET)

The Ivy League tilt between Harvard and Dartmouth is a battle between No. 1 and 2 in the conference. Dartmouth has been a pleasant surprise this season and has a 4-0 record in conference play to show for it. Harvard is not far off with a 3-1 mark. The Big Green can take a step closer to an Ivy League championship with the three points.

Bradley (7-7, 4-0) vs. SIUE (9-3-1, 3-1), Oct. 31, 8 p.m. (ET)

The Missouri Valley Conference has a number of teams in the hunt for the regular season crown heading into the weekend, but Bradley is in the top spot. The Braves take on SIUE on Saturday and then close out the regular season next week against Drake. If the Braves can secure four points from those two games, the regular season crown will go to Bradley. 

Three Players to Watch 

Michael DeGraffenreidt, Louisville - The Cardinals are in a tough spot at the end of the season. Louisville sits at 6-7-3 entering the final regular season game against Wake Forest. There is a considerable amount of pressure on this game and Louisville getting a result against one of the best teams in the nation considering that the Cardinals need to have a winning record to be considered for an at large berth to the NCAA Tournament. Defender Michael DeGraffenreidt leads the team in minutes played this season. He will be a key player to keeping Wake Forest off the scoreboard. 

Mael Corboz, Maryland - It has not been a dream season for the Terps. There have been a number of struggles along the way in 2015, but they still have a chance to win the Big Ten regular season crown heading into the final two weeks of the regular season. Maryland needs to win out with games against Ohio State and Rutgers. Corboz will be the key for the team. The talented midfielder leads the group in assists with eight on the year. 

Daniel Musovski, UNLV - The sophomore forward has scored a goal in seven of the last nine games for the Rebels. The striker is seventh in Dvision I with 11 goals on the season. This weekend, Musovski and the Rebels take on UMKC and Air Force in a pair of must win games. 

 
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