EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. – SIUE men's soccer plays faces its final road test of the regular season, taking on sixth-ranked Western Michigan Saturday in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Kickoff is set for 12 p.m. central time.
Western Michigan (13-2-1, 3-0-0) is unbeaten in Mid-American Conference play and has been ranked in the top 25 for six straight weeks.
"It's another opportunity for our guys," SIUE Head Coach Mario Sanchez said. "It's great for us. It's great for the MAC to have a team ranked where they are."
SIUE (7-7-1, 2-1-0) is coming off an overtime win at Northern Illinois and has shut out three of its last four opponents.
"I feel good about where we're at," Sanchez said. "Our guys know they can grind out wins. We're building belief, and we're playing really well defensively."
The Broncos present a balanced opposition.
"They are very disciplined and hard-working," Sanchez said of Western Michigan. "They have bought into the team concept."
Western Michigan is the fifth nationally-ranked opponent the Cougars have faced this season, and Sanchez believes that the Cougars are well positioned for the challenge.
"I know that we are fully prepared," he said. "There's a belief in the group. Taking those lumps early in the season is starting to pay off."