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Horizon League Men’s Soccer Quarterfinal Preview: Robert Morris vs Milwaukee, 2 p.m.

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Horizon League Men’s Soccer Quarterfinal Preview: Robert Morris vs Milwaukee, 2 p.m.

Horizon League Men’s Soccer Tournament 

#6 Robert Morris (5-10-1, 4-5-1 Horizon League) 

vs. 

#3 Milwaukee (8-7-1, 6-3-1 Horizon League)

Sunday, November 7 at 2:00 PM EST in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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LAST TIME OUT

The Colonials clinched their first postseason berth since 2017 earlier this week with a 1-0 win at IUPUI in their regular season finale.

Bryan Akongo delivered his team-leading fifth goal of the year in the victory, while Grant Glorioso earned Defensive Player of the Week accolades for his five stops en route to his second clean sheet of the year.

PLAYOFF PICTURE

RMU is in its first ever Horizon League tournament and its first postseason action overall since qualifying for the 2017 NEC Tournament.

RMU enters the fray as the sixth seed and faces third-ranked Milwaukee, while number five Detroit Mercy heads to Chicago for a showdown against UIC.

Top ranked Oakland and second place Cleveland State each earned first-round byes and await the winners of the quarterfinal round in the semis.

TEAM LEADERS

Following his second game-winner of the year against IUPUI Bryan Akongo ends the regular season leading RMU in both goals and assists with five each.

Charlie Lawrence and Colton Spence became the seventh and eighth Colonials to score their first career collegiate goals against Green Bay earlier this year, joining Kelvin RamirezPreston RushmoreTom AkinolaBryan AkongoGal Ben Dayan and Owen Jowett who also found the back of the net for the first time in 2021.

RMU has scored 17 goals from nine different scorers this year, and just two Colonials have started all 16 games so far for RMU: Akongo and Ramirez.

Grant Glorioso has made seven consecutive starts in goal for RMU and currently owns a 4-3-1 overall record with two clean sheets.

HORIZON LEAGUE AWARDS

Noe Bijou was named to the 2021 Horizon League All-Freshman team for his efforts this season for the Colonials.

The freshman defender played the fifth-most minutes of anyone on the team and the third most amongst freshmen, including eight of ten Horizon League matchups.

SCOUTING THE PANTHERS

Milwaukee ended the regular season as the number three seed with 19 points and a 6-3-1 conference record and thus earns home-field advantage in their second showdown of the year against RMU.

The Panthers were victorious earlier this year in their previous matchup against RMU, taking down the Colonials 2-1 at the NAC back on September 18 courtesy of two goals from Paolo Gratton.

Gratton and his teammates Jake Kelderman and Logan Farrington were each named as Horizon League First-Team Honorees Friday, while four members of the Panthers freshman class were named to the All-Rookie team.

John Krysinsky has covered soccer and other sports for many years for various publications and media outlets. He is also author of 'Miracle on the Mon' -- a book about the Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC, which chronicles the club, particularly the early years of Highmark Stadium with the narrative leading up to and centered around a remarkable match that helped provide a spark for the franchise. John has covered sports for Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, DK Pittsburgh Sports, Pittsburgh Sports Report, has served as color commentator on Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC broadcasts, and worked with OPTA Stats and broadcast teams for US Open Cup and International Champions Cup matches held in the US. Krysinsky also served as the Head Men’s Soccer Coach at his alma mater, Point Park University, where he led the Pioneers to the first-ever winning seasons and playoff berths (1996-98); head coach of North Catholic boys (2007-08), associate head coach of Shady Side Academy boys (2009-2014).

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