The Bulldogs have won three in a row as they outscored their opponents 16-2 over this stretch. Juan David Herrera scored 5 goals and added 4 assists. His 2.71 points per game average place him in the top 25 in the country. "The team has played very well," says Coach Dave Sexton, "Our confidence is high and we will work to continue this run."
The Run started with a 3-2 win over Savannah School of Design. Jake Toogood got the start with a goal, his first of the year and the change paid off he played big, making 5 saves including one in the closing minutes to secure the win. Juan David Herrera led the offense with 1 goal and 2 assists, he and Rafael Barreto have become quiet the tandem upfront.
The Bulldogs jumped out to the early lead as Barreto found the back of the net of a pass from Herrera. SCAD battled back to tie the game 4 minutes later but that would be the last time they would sniff the lead. Two minutes later Muhammad Jasseh scored again off a pass from Herrera. Herrera would get his chance to score a nifty tic-tac-toe passing play which gave him an open shot and closed the door on SCAD.
Three days later the Bulldogs traveled to Spartanburg, SC to come home with a 4-0 victory. The Bulldogs jumped out quick when Herrera finished a nice pass from Alfie Madden in the 14-minute mark. The Bulldogs would score two more goals in the closing minute of the first half to move out of reach of SMC. Coach Sexton's said, "JD played particularly well." Alfie Madden and Muhammad Jasseh also caught the coach's eye. When you add confidence to the talent the Bulldogs field great things can happen and it seems like they are firing on all cylinders. Salvatore Mazza and Jake Toogood split time in the cage combining for 10 saves in the shutout performance.
The team had a few days to sharpen their skills before taking on Meridian College and it paid off as they delivered their most prolific offensive performance of the year. They scored 9 goals on 22 shots and you guessed it, JD Herrera was at it again accounting for 3 goals and 1 assist. Reda Benmotefa (2g,1a). Alfie Madden (1g,2a) and Nicola Milot (1g,1a) also had multi-point games. The Bulldogs raced out to an early lead scoring at the 14-minute mark and then keeping the pressure on. They would score four in the first half and add 5 more in the second to secure the win. Mazza and Toogood again split time on the shutout effort making two saves.
The confidence gained by this stretch of wins was exactly what they needed as well as some stingy defense as they will host #14 ranked Daytona State at 2 pm on Tuesday, October 1st.