MACOMB, Ill. - Western Illinois women's soccer (4-1-0) heads to Iowa to defend its four match win streak against Grand View (2-2-0) on Friday (September 7) and St. Ambrose (1-2-0) on Sunday (September 9).
In competition last week, three Leathernecks buried goals. In Western's 1-0 win over Mississippi Valley State, Sarah Hall picked up the game winner for her third goal of the season. Amber Davis netted her first goal of the year, also a game winner, against Jackson State off of a Kellie Julius corner, and Skyler Jessop added her second of the season to solidify the 2-0 Leatherneck victory.
Keeper Laura Atkinson started both contests posting a total of 170 minutes in net. She had three saves against Mississippi Valley State and two against Jackson State. For her efforts, the junior was named The Summit League's 'Defensive Player of the Week.'
A LOOK AT THE VIKINGS: Grand View, a member of the Midwest Collegiate Conference, brings an overall mark of 2-2-0 into Friday's match...Meghan McCoy has a team high five points on the year with two goals and one assist...Jordyn Thompson follows with four points and two goals...Keeper Katie Zenz has logged 270 minutes in net with 10 saves, a save percentage of .625, a goals against average of 2.0 and six goals allowed...The squad received 18 votes in the most recent 2012 NAIA Women's Soccer Coaches 'Top 25' Poll.
SERIES HISTORY: Western Illinois has defeated Grand View in every meeting for a 4-0-0 record over the Vikings...In the last meeting on September 11, 2011, the Leathernecks won by a 7-2 margin...Current student-athletes Miranda Graham, Gina Scaffidi, Kellie Julius, Taylor Henning, Abby Davis and Chrissy Campbell netted goals in the match, while former Leatherneck Amy Unzicker scored once...Keeper Victoria Kappel recorded the win in net tallying three saves.
A LOOK AT THE BEES: St. Ambrose, a member of the Midwest Collegiate Conference, brings a
record of 1-2-0 into Sunday's match...The Bees are led in points with three by Ashley Dexter and Brianna Hunzeker who each have one goal and an assist on the year...Erin Dierickx has also netted one goal this season...Keeper Kerry Hardiman has started every match for St. Ambrose in net...The team earned a No. 24 ranking in the latest 2012 NAIA Women's Soccer Coaches 'Top 25' Poll.
SERIES HISTORY: Western Illinois leads the series 7-0-0 over St. Ambrose...In the last meeting on August 28, 2011, the Leathernecks shut out the Bees 1-0...Katie Condon scored the lone goal of the match off of a keeper deflection following an Abby Davis cross...Keeper Victoria Kappel recorded four saves in the shutout victory.
PACING THE LEAGUE: The Fighting Leathernecks are ranked first in The Summit League standings for the second consecutive week with a record of 4-1-0...Oakland (2-1-1) and Kansas City (2-2-1) round out the top three thus far...Western has held its opponents to just two goals in five matches, a conference best...Keeper Laura Atkinson ranks best in several statistical categories including goals against (1), goals against average (.35), and wins (3).
WEEKLY HONORS: Western keeper Laura Atkinson garnered her third career Summit League 'Defensive Player of the Week' (August 27-September 3) honor after helping the squad to two shut out victories recording five saves on the weekend...For the week of August 20-26, Miranda Graham was elected Summit League 'Offensive Player of the Week' after scoring a goal in each of the squad's two matches and tallying an assist...Sarah Hall was named the Western Illinois Papa John's Scholar-Athlete of the Week for August 20-26 for her performance on the field and in the classroom...She scored two goals against Arkansas-Little Rock and has maintained a cumulative grade point average of 3.965 while pursuing a degree in Biology.
AT THE HELM: Ted Flogaites became the fifth Western Illinois women's soccer head coach in July 2012...He joins the Leatherneck family following a five year stint at Hastings College where he amassed a record of 76-22-9 for a .729 winning percentage...In his 11-year coaching career, Flogaites has a record of 123-85-13...Flogaites graduated from UC Santa Barbara in 1999 and was a member of the Gaucho men's soccer team...To view his bio, click HERE.
PRESEASON POLL: The Leathernecks were picked to finish tied for sixth along with IUPUI in the 2012 Summit League Women's Soccer Preseason Poll. Western Illinois tallied 22 points in the all Summit League coach vote. Oakland, last year's Summit League Tournament Champion, was picked to finish first with 61 points and regular season champions South Dakota State took second with 59 points.