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2008 Men's Soccer News

June 1, 2009
Klukowski Named USL Player of the Week
Former Blue Devil standout Yan Klukowski was named Player of the Week for the United Soccer Leagues Second Division for his play against Wilmington. Competing as a member of the Western Massachusetts Pioneers, Klukowski scored one goal and assisted on another to defeat the Hammerheads 2-1 and record the team's first win of the season.

April 14, 2009
Tyrie, Klukowski Sign With Western Mass. Pioneers
David Tyrie and Yan Klukowski have signed with the Western Massachusetts Pioneers, announced today by Central Connecticut head coach Shaun Green. The Pioneers are a professional club playing in the United Soccer Leagues. Both players recently finished their careers at CCSU this fall and were integral pieces of the Blue Devils' first ever Northeast Conference Championship in 2007.

March 18, 2009
Klukowski and Tyrie Selected to Play in NEISL Senior All-Star Game
Senior captains Yan Klukowski and David Tyrie were selected to participate in the New England Intercollegiate Soccer League Senior All-Star Game. Both four year starters, Klukowski and Tyrie will join 14 other Division I players chosen to play in the match. The game features players from all NCAA Divisions and will be played at Clark University in Worcester, MA on Saturday May 2 at 2:00 p.m.

December 11, 2008
Klukowski, Tyrie and Cavener Earn All-Region Honors
The National Soccer Coaches Association of America and Adidas recognized three Central Connecticut soccer players with All-North Atlantic Region honors. Senior captains Yan Klukowski and David Tyrie received NSCAA/Adidas First Team accolades, while sophomore Robert Cavener was awarded with a third team selection.

November 19, 2008
Klukowski Named ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American
Yan Klukowski became the sixth Blue Devil to be named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American Team on Wednesday, as released by CoSIDA. The senior captain received third team honors for his performance on and off the field this season. Klukowski is a physical education major at Central Connecticut and led the Blue Devils to a Northeast Conference Championship and the NCAA Sweet 16 in 2007.

November 14, 2008
Central Connecticut Places Three on All-NEC Men's Soccer Teams
Senior captains Yan Klukowski and David Tyrie received All-Northeast Conference First Team honors, while sophomore Robert Cavener was selected to the All-NEC Second Team. Klukowski and Tyrie have received all-conference honors in each of their four years at CCSU. Cavener, on the other hand, received his first All-NEC award after a stellar sophomore season. The awards were presented Thursday evening at the conference's banquet. On the eve of the NEC Tournament, the reception was held at tourny host Monmouth University.

November 9, 2008
Guimaraes Scores In Overtime Loss To Monmouth
Raphael Guimaraes scored the lone goal for the Central Connecticut men's soccer team as they fell to NEC leading Monmouth, 2-1, on Senior Day in New Britain. Seniors Yan Klukowski, David Tyrie, Ben Howe and Nick Soares were honored before their final regular season game on the CCSU Soccer Field.

November 7, 2008
Floyd and Diop Score In 3-1 Blue Devil Victory
Juniors Eddie Floyd and Hadji Diop scored goals and the Central Connecticut (9-6-2, 3-4-1) men's soccer team came from behind to defeat Mount St. Mary's (9-8-0, 5-3-0), 3-1, on Friday afternoon at the CCSU Soccer Field. Diop scored the game-winner off an assist from sophomore Connor Smith. The score marked the first for Diop as a Blue Devil.

November 2, 2008
Tyrie Scores Game-Winner, CCSU Defeats Robert Morris, 1-0
Senior captain David Tyrie, normally a central defender for the Blue Devils, was moved up front in the second half to provide an offensive spark and that he did, leading the Central Connecticut (8-6-2, 2-4-1) men's soccer team past Robert Morris (2-13-3, 0-6-2)on Sunday, 1-0. CCSU has now won two in a row and will be hosting Mount St. Mary's on November 7th and Monmouth on November 9th in their final two regular season games of the year.

October 31, 2008
Blue Devils Defeat St. Francis (PA) on Cavener's Game-Winner
Sophomore Robert Cavener scored his second goal of the season to lift the Central Connecticut men's soccer team (7-6-2, 1-4-1) past St. Francis (PA) (4-10-2, 1-5-1) in a 1-0 game in Loretto, PA. The midfielder put in a header off of a cross from junior Hadji Diop only seven minutes into the game. The Blue Devils stayed tight defensively, only giving up eight shots to the Red Flash, and went on to win 1-0.

October 30, 2008
Klukowski Named To ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District 1 First Team
Senior captain Yan Klukowski was awarded for his work on and off the field, receiving ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District 1 honors. Klukowski earned a first team spot for his accomplishments this year. The Wiltshire, England native is a physical education major and will now be placed on the National Ballot for consideration for Academic All-American.

October 26, 2008
Klukowski Scores Team-Best Eighth Goal, CCSU Falls to Quinnipiac, 3-1
The Central Connecticut men's soccer team (6-6-2) lost to Quinnipiac (8-4-2, 3-2-0), 3-1, and fell to 0-4-1 in Northeast Conference play on the road Sunday afternoon. Senior captain Yan Klukowski continued his high scoring season, tallying his eighth goal of the year. He now has 21 points.

October 19, 2008
Blue Devils Play to 1-1 Tie With NEC Foe FDU
The Central Connecticut men's soccer team (6-5-2, 0-3-1) recorded its first point in NEC play Sunday afternoon, playing to a 1-1 tie against Fairleigh Dickinson (7-3-2, 2-0-1) at the CCSU Soccer Field. Junior Eddie Floyd scored the first goal of his career in the second half for the Blue Devils.

October 17, 2008
Blue Devils Strike First, But Fall to Sacred Heart at Home
The Central Connecticut men's soccer team scored the first goal, but Sacred Heart University countered with two of their own to defeat the Blue Devils, 2-1, on Friday afternoon at the CCSU Soccer Field. Junior Raphael Guimaraes scored the lone goal for Central off an assist from fellow junior Eddie Floyd.

October 12, 2008
Blue Devils Slip to 0-2 in NEC With Loss to Long Island
The Central Connecticut men's soccer team slipped to 0-2 in NEC play, losing to Long Island 2-1 in overtime. Senior captain Yan Klukowski tied the game at one late in the first half, but the Blackbirds' Mohammad Mashriqi scored the game winner on Sunday afternoon in New Britain, CT.

October 10, 2008
Men's Soccer Falls to St. Francis (NY), 2-1
The Central Connecticut men's soccer team fell to St. Francis (NY), 2-1, in their first Northeast Conference game on Friday at the Aviator Complex in Brooklyn Heights, NY. Senior captain David Tyrie scored the goal that tied the game in the second half, but St. Francis sophomore John Sallhag notched the game-winner in the last minute of play.

October 1, 2008
Brown's Hat Trick Lifts CCSU Past Bryant
Sophomore Christopher Brown scored three goals and senior captain Yan Klukowski added one goal and two assists to lead the Central Connecticut men's soccer team past Bryant University on Wednesday afternoon at the CCSU Soccer Field. Junior forward Raphael Guimaraes also scored his second goal of the season in the 5-0 victory over the Bulldogs.

September 28, 2008
Tyrie Scores Twice In Blue Devils' Comeback Victory
Senior captain David Tyrie scored twice, while fellow senior captain Yan Klukowski tallied a goal and an assist to lead the Central Connecticut men's soccer team to a victory over Siena on Sunday afternoon. The Blue Devils rallied from a 2-0 deficit early in the second half to defeat the Saints on a game winning header by Tyrie in the first overtime period.

September 26, 2008
Men's Soccer Home Game Postponed
The Central Connecticut men's soccer home contest against Siena has been postponed due to poor weather conditions. The game will now be played on Sunday at 1 p.m. at Sacred Heart University. Next week the Blue Devils are scheduled to host Bryant on October 1for a 3:30 p.m. match. CCSU is currently 4-2-1, while Siena has a record of 1-4-1.

September 23, 2008
CCSU Falls to 4-2-1 After Virginia Loss
The Central Connecticut men's soccer team fell to the University of Virginia by a score of 4-0 on Tuesday. The Blue Devils are now 4-2-1 and will be hosting Siena on Saturday September 27 at 1:00 p.m.

September 22, 2008
Klukowski Claims Second Player of the Week Honor
Senior captain Yan Klukowski was tabbed Brine/NEC Player of the Week for his performances in CCSU's victories over Marist and Manhattan. The midfielder has been named Player of the Week in two out of the first three weeks of play for the Blue Devils.

September 20, 2008
Klukowski Leads Blue Devils Past Manhattan
The Central Connecticut men's soccer team defeated Manhattan on senior captain Yan Klukowski's game winning goal in the 30th minute off of an assist from sophomore Connor Smith. The Blue Devils are now 4-1-1 this season and have won two in a row.

September 17, 2008
Christopher Brown Lifts Blue Devils Past Marist
Sophomore Christopher Brown scored the game-winning goal and assisted on another to lift the Central Connecticut men's soccer team past Marist, 3-1. Senior captain David Tyrie and junior Raphael Guimaraes also scored goals for the 3-1-1 Blue Devils.

September 12, 2008
Blue Devils Fall to Vermont in Men's Soccer
The Central Connecticut men's soccer team falls to 2-1-1 on the season after losing a 2-0 game against Vermont Friday afternoon. The Blue Devils will continue their season on Wednesday September 17 as they host Marist at 4:00 p.m.

September 9, 2008
mediaCENTRAL Subscribers Can Watch Tonight's Men's Soccer Game at Hartford Live on the Web
If you are a subscriber to mediaCENTRAL you can watch all of the action from tonight's men's soccer game at Hartford right here at CCSUBlueDevils.com. Hartford will be producing the video and it has been made available to all mediaCENTRAL subscribers through our website. Action tonight begins at 7 p.m. If you are not a subscriber it is not too late to sign up, just click on the mediaCENTRAL link on the top right of every page and sign up.

September 9, 2008
Blue Devils Play to 1-1 Draw With Hartford
The Central Connecticut men's soccer team played to a 1-1 tie with Hartford after losing senior captain Yan Klukowski to a red card with 28 minutes left in the second half. Sophomore Christopher Brown scored the lone goal for the Blue Devils.

September 8, 2008
Pair of Weekly Honors For Hermann Trophy Nominee Yan Klukowski
Senior captain Yan Klukowski was named the NEC Player of the Week for the first time since his freshman season and received College Soccer News National Team of the Week honors for his outstanding play over the past week. The midfielder recorded his first career hat trick against St. Bonaventure on Friday and the Blue Devils went 2-0 to start the season.

September 5, 2008
Klukowski's Hat Trick Lifts Blue Devils Past St. Bonaventure
Senior captain Yan Klukowski scored three goals in the second half and sophomore Christopher Brown added another to lift the Central Connecticut men's soccer team past St. Bonaventure, 4-0. The Blue Devils are now 10-1-1 in their last 12 games, dating back to October 21 of last season.

September 2, 2008
Cavener Scores Game Winner, Blue Devils Top Holy Cross
Sophomore Robert Cavener scored the game winning goal in the 79th minute of play to propel CCSU past Holy Cross 1-0 in Tuesday night men's soccer action. The Blue Devils are now 1-0 and will next host St. Bonaventure on Friday September 5 at 3:00 p.m.

August 26, 2008
Men's Soccer Ranked 25th in the Country by Soccer America
The Central Connecticut men's soccer team was selected 25th in Soccer America's Preseason National Rankings, released today. After a spectacular season, ending in the Sweet 16 of last year's NCAA Tournament, the Blue Devils are poised to make another run in 2008. Defending National Champion Wake Forest, with a record of 22-2-2 in 2007, was picked to defend their crown.

August 19, 2008
Yan Klukowski and David Tyrie Named to Hermann Trophy Watch List
Central Connecticut teammates Yan Klukowski and David Tyrie have been named to the Missouri Athletic Club Hermann Trophy Watch List. The list, which is comprised of 48 Division I players and was released on Tuesday, is considered the highest individual honor in intercollegiate soccer. Klukowski and Tyrie are one of only seven pairs of teammates on the list and two of three Northeast Conference players listed.

August 14, 2008
Defending NEC Champion Blue Devils Picked to Finish Second in Preseason Poll
Released today, the Northeast Conference Preseason coaches' poll picked Central Connecticut men's soccer to finish second. The defending NEC champion Blue Devils received three first place votes, but it is three-time defending regular season champion Monmouth that is tabbed as the team to beat in 2008.

July 31, 2008
Green Announces Full Incoming Class for 2008 Season
Central Connecticut men's soccer head coach Shaun Green finalized his recruiting class for the 2008 season. Highlighted by Hadji Diop, Aaron Durr, Shane Edgley, Raphael Guimaraes, Mersad Serhanic and Eduardo Alejandro Davila Ortiz, the 23-year veteran, who is coming off his best season at the helm of the Blue Devils, will welcome 15 new players to camp this fall. The Blue Devils, who won their first Northeast Conference Championship and the first-ever NCAA Division I Tournament game by a CCSU men's program en route to a Sweet 16 appearance, will report on Tuesday, Aug. 19 and open the season at Holy Cross on Tuesday, Sept. 2.

July 15, 2008
Jones Helps Lead U.S. to Fourth Place Finish at First Ever World Deaf Football Championships
Central Connecticut junior goalkeeper Chris Jones helped lead the United States to a fourth place finish at the first-ever World Deaf Football Championships, which were held in Patras, Greece from July 2-12. Jones went 3-3 in goal, recording one shutout and a shootout win while playing every minute for the U.S.