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Buffalo Men's and Women's Soccer Weekend Preview

Matt Gritzmacher

(Women) Akron (6-11-1, 3-6 MAC)

Friday, 23 October; 3:00 PM 
Akron, OH

All-time series: Akron, 8-6-0
Last Meeting: Buffalo, 2-1; 30 October 2014
2015 Common Opponents: Niagara (0-0), St. Bonaventure (2-1), The MAC 
Streams: Video!
Live Stats: Live stats available here.

Zips Player to Watch: Junior F Sarah Sivic

Sivic has six goals and four assists to account for nearly a third of Akron's points on the year, but she hasn't done anything on the stat sheet in the last five games, over which time the Zips have been shut out four times.

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This is simple: UB wins and they clinch the third seed in the conference, likely to face CMU or Miami at home on Sunday. The Bulls have shown they're clearly stronger than all but the upper tier of the conference, and Akron is at the opposite end of the spectrum. Anything short of a win would be a disappointment, and to be brash, I expect Laura Dougall to set the new all-time UB shutout record in this one.

(Men) Bowling Green (8-7-1, 1-2-0 MAC)

Friday, 30 October; 7:00 PM 
UB Stadium

All-time series: Bowling Green, 10-7-1
Last Meeting: Draw, 1-1 (2OT); 18 October 2014
2015 Common Opponents: The MAC
Streams: UB's UStream
Live Stats: UB-provided

Bowling Green Player to Watch: Junior F Pat Flynn

He's not better than Russ, no matter what they tell you. He racks up his goals against weak competition even more than Russ does, and hasn't scored or assisted on a goal since mid-September, but he's plenty good. Last year UB shut him down.

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Flip back to the sidebar from earlier this week for more on this game. UB with a win can clinch a spot in the MAC Tournament, while a draw would be a bit of a letdown. Bowling Green started hot this season before slumping, but beat West Virginia last weekend to stay within striking distance of most of the conference. They're a dangerous team, though Buffalo was a bit unlucky to draw them last year, only allowing an own goal.