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Mariners Visit Rochester for Season Finale

September 10, 2005 - USL First Division (USL-1) - Virginia Beach Mariners News Release


Virginia Beach, Virginia - The Virginia Beach Mariners will play their final game of the 2005 season tonight against second place Rochester at Frontier Field. The Mariners and Rhinos are 5-5 all-time and the Mariners have won 3 out of the last 4 contests including a 2-1 win on July 23 at the Sportsplex.

Tonight's game will be webcast live at www.rhinossoccer.com.

The Match Up

Mariners: (7-13-7, 28 points)

The Mariners are trying to make it three in a row tonight, have won their last two: 2-0 over Portland on September 2 and a last minute thriller in the 89th minute over Charleston on September 4. The team has gong unbeaten in 5 of its last 7 games, outscoring their opponents 6-4.

Leading Scorers: Darren Caskey (4 goals, 5 assists, 13 points; tied for 3rd in the Division in assists and ranks 18th in points); David Castellanos and John Barry Nusum (4 goals, 1 assist, 9 points each.

Goalkeeping: Matt Nelson (1.384 Goals-Against-Average (GAA) in 26 matches; 6 wins, 6 shutouts, 74 saves; ranks 9th in the First Division in wins, 6th in shutouts, 8th in saves and 6th in GAA).

Rochester (14-7-6, 48 points)

Rochester needs a win tonight to guarantee a bye in the first round of the playoffs. The Rhinos are 3-1-3 in their last 7 matches and 8-1-4 at home this season. They are coming off a 1-0 win over Vancouver and a 2-0 loss to first place Montreal.

Leading Scorers: Kirk Wilson (9 goals, 5 assists, 23 points; ranks 5th in the Division in points, goals and assists); Jonathan Bolanos-Navarro (5 goals, 4 assists, 14 points; ranks 16th in the Division in points); Greg Howes (5 goals, 1 assist, 11 points).

Goalkeeping: Scott Vallow (0.928 GAA in 25 games; 9 shutouts, 90 saves; ranks second in the Division with 13 wins, 3rd in shutouts, 4th in GAA and 7th in saves).

Mariner Team Notes

Both Darren Caskey and Steve Shak were named to the Team of the Week this week for their outstanding play against Portland on September 2. The Mariners were the only team in the USL First Division to have two players honored.

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