Crew News & Notes
COLUMBUS, Ohio – After a hard fought match at FC Dallas last Saturday (April 10), the Crew will enjoy its second bye weekend in three weeks, and will play in an exhibition match against the University of Louisville and Duquesne University tomorrow (April 17) at Crew Stadium.
The exhibition will consist of three, 45 minute periods, with the Crew participating in the first two periods. The Crew will play Duquesne at 10:30 a.m. in the first period, followed by Louisville shortly thereafter in the second period. The two college sides will then face off against one another in the day’s final period. Tomorrow’s exhibition is free and open to the public.
The Crew also hosted an exhibition doubleheader during its previous bye weekend, when it hosted Marshall University and Michigan State University on Friday, April 2 and came away with decisive 5-0 victories in both matches.
In its previous MLS match last Saturday (April 10), the Crew traveled to Pizza Hut Park to take on Western Conference foe FC Dallas and earned a 2-2 draw in the match-up. FCD’s Jeff Cunningham opened the scoring in the match with a penalty kick in the 29th minute. Adam Moffat’s first goal of the year drew things level in the 52nd minute. Steven Lenhart received a fine ball from Frankie Hejduk down the right side and sent a great pass to Moffat, who one-timed his shot into the left side of the net to tie the game. Guillermo Barros Schelotto put the Crew ahead in the 82nd minute with his second goal of 2010.
After the Crew was awarded a penalty kick try, Schelotto stepped to the spot, but was stopped on the try by Dallas goalkeeper Kevin Hartman. However, Schelotto quickly pounced on the rebound and headed it into the back of the net. FC Dallas would find the match equalizer on the match’s last kick after David Ferreira was denied near post by Crew goalkeeper William Hesmer. The ball popped back into the midfield and appeared to strike Eric Avila’s hand, but no call was made. Avila then found the ball at his feet as he struck a low shot that caromed off the far post and into the net to even the match in the final moments.
CREW SOCCER ACADEMY SQUADS BACK HOME THIS WEEKEND AFTER TRIP TO ST. LOUIS
The Crew Soccer Academy 15/16 and 17/18 squads returned to action last weekend (April 10-11), as they traveled to St. Louis to take on SLSG Metro and SLSG Missouri. On Saturday (April 10), both squads faced SLSG Metro, with the 15/16s falling 1-0, while the 17/18s earned a 3-3 draw, thanks to goals by Kyle Culbertson, Ian O’Keefe and Matt Walker. On Sunday (April 11), the both squads took on SLSG Missouri, with the 15/16 squad kicking off with a 2-1 win, thanks to strikes from Matt Cameron and Rhodes Moore, followed by the 17/18 squad who earned another 3-3 draw, with two goals coming from Jacob Eganhouse and the third from O’Keefe. Both squads will again be in action this weekend (April 17-18), when they host the Dallas Texans on Saturday (April 17) at the Crew Training Facility at Obetz and Solar SC on Sunday (April 18) at Crew Stadium. The 15/16s kick off the action against the Texans Saturday at 1 p.m., followed by the 17/18s at 3 p.m. On Sunday, the 15/16s will face Solar SC at 10 a.m., followed by the 17/17s at 12 noon. All four matches are free and open to the public.
CREW TO TAKE ON OHIO STATE MAY 4 IN NINTH ANNUAL CONNOR SENN MEMORIAL MATCH
The Crew and Ohio State Buckeyes will once again meet on the field Tuesday, May 4, in the ninth annual Connor Senn Memorial Match. Game time is set for 7 p.m. at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium on the campus of Ohio State. Tickets for the event are $5 for adults and $3 for children and groups and can be purchased online at OhioStateBuckeyes.com, through Ticketmaster or by calling 1-800-GO-BUCKS. In addition to the exhibition match, the event features a silent auction that consists of a wide array of Ohio State, Columbus Crew and Major League Soccer memorabilia, including many autographed items, as well donations from a variety of Columbus businesses and organizations. The Connor Senn Memorial Fund was established by Dr. Lance Senn, Connor’s father and a former member of the Ohio State tennis team. Connor collapsed during Ohio State’s match at Akron Sept. 26, 2001, and died that night from a congenital heart defect. A native of Granville, Ohio, Connor was a freshman walk-on defender who had earned a starting position for the 2001 season. A plaque honoring Connor hangs outside the Buckeyes’ locker room door and Connor’s chair hangs in the locker room, which all the players on the 2001 team signed with personal messages to Connor, who was known for his tremendous work ethic, positive attitude and selfless play. Those wishing to make a contribution to the Connor Senn Memorial Scholarship Fund can do so by sending a check to Kristyn Carman, The Ohio State University, Gift Processing, The Ohio Union, Room 125, 1480 W Lane Avenue, Columbus, OH 43221 (fund # 246475). Please include your name and return address so you may receive documentation of your charitable contribution from Ohio State for your tax records.