D&E to host G-MAC soccer tourney

ELKINS – Davis & Elkins’ inaugural season in the Great Midwest Athletic Conference will be capped off by the league’s postseason men’s soccer tourney being contested at Nuttall Field.

The event will begin on Thursday with the semifinals and will conclude with Saturday’s championship game.

The Senators earned the right to host the tournament by winning the G-MAC regular-season title with a mark of 8-1. They carry an overall record of 11-4-1 into the tournament and have won six straight matches.

D&E will begin play at 11 a.m. Thursday against No. 4-seed Salem International (8-8-1).

The Senators won both regular-season contests against the Tigers by scores of 2-1, including a victory on Saturday.

D&E is led by junior forward James Pucci, who has a Division II-best 23 goals and ranks sixth in assists with 11 on the campaign. The Senators lead the G-MAC in goals (45) and assists (32).

Rookie goalkeeper Cameron Rivera is 11-1 in 12 starts this season.

SIU’s Tomas Szabo is sixth in the league with seven goals. Michael Brunton is fifth in the conference with five assists. The Tigers lead the league in fouls per game (15.35) and yellow cards (2.39).

Salem is 2-4-1 in its last seven outings entering conference tournament play.

Thursday’ second game at 2:30 p.m. features No. 3 Trevecca Nazarene University (8-8-1) vs. No. 2 Cedarville University (12-3-3).

Freshman Jeremiah Wright leads the Trojans with nine goals and seven assists on the season. Connor Inman and Matt Raines add six and five goals, respectively. TNU’s Braydon Brown is third in the league in save percentage (.674) and saves (60).

The Trojans, who handed D&E its lone conference loss of the season, have dropped three of their last four heading into tournament play.

Cedarville is paced by sophomore Connor Glimour, who has 12 goals and four assists on the year. Goalkeeper Ethan Dewhurst leads the league with eight shutouts. The Yellow Jackets allow a league-low 0.59 goals per game.

After starting the season 9-1-2, CU is just 3-2-1 in its last six contests.

Saturday’s title game is set for noon.