This is just what a coach wants to be saying days before the start of the postseason: “I think we’re playing our best soccer right now.”
That was Dayton men’s soccer coach Dennis Currier’s comment Tuesday on the state of his team. The Flyers won their last three regular-season games to earn the No. 5 seed in the Atlantic 10 tournament. They will play No. 4 seed La Salle at Baujan Field at 8 tonight. Dayton hosts the tournament.
“Certainly, it’s an advantage,” Currier said. “We’ve got a home-field crowd. Here at Baujan, we’ve been very successful the last two years. That can play a big role for us. Obviously, we’ve got eight very good teams in here.”
No. 2 seed George Mason plays No. 7 St. Joseph’s in the first match at 11 a.m. today. No. 6 Duquesne takes on No. 3 Virginia Commonwealth at 2 p.m. The top seed, St. Louis, faces No. 8 Massachusetts at 5 p.m.
If Dayton wins, it would play the winner of St. Louis and Massachusetts at 7:30 Friday. The first semifinal is at 5 p.m. Friday. The final is Sunday at 1 p.m.
“St. Louis has had a very good season,” Currier said. “They’re a very strong team. They’re the favorite. I also think, in the tournament format, with three games in a short amount of time, there are some things that will be evened up. This year, there were upsets in the typical fashion of the A-10. There was no team that full separated itself.”
Dayton beat La Salle 3-2, Massachusetts 3-0 and Rhode Island 3-0 in its last three games. It was 1-2-2 in the five games prior to that.
“We had a lot of injuries in the first half of the season,” Currier said. “Then we got everyone back. Then it was just trying to get everyone in a rhthym. We had a letdown there for a couple of games. Once we got everyone back into a rhtyhm and the right combinations, the last three games we played our best soccer.”
Women’s soccer: The Flyers (15-4-2) lost a heart-breaker to La Salle on penalty kicks in the A-10 championship game Sunday in Richmond. Juliana Libertin scored the only goal during regulation for Dayton just 42 seconds into the game off an assist by Nicole Waters, who set an A-10 tournament record with four assists in three games.
La Salle tied the game in the 36th minute and won 5-4 in penalty kicks. Three Flyers were named to the A-10 tournament team: Waters, Libertin and Ashley Campbell.
Volleyball: The Flyers evened their record at 12-12 and 6-6 in the A-10 with back-to-back wins at George Mason and home against La Salle. They host George Mason on Friday and George Washington on Sunday. The A-10 tournament starts Nov. 22 in Washington, D.C.