MACOMB, Ill. - Western Illinois women's soccer (9-2-0, 2-0-0) plays host to Drake (10-3-1) midweek on Wednesday (October 3) and heads to Indianapolis for a Summit League matchup against IUPUI (2-10-1, 0-1-1) on Saturday (October 6).
In competition last weekend, the Leathernecks posted a perfect 2-0 record in conference opening play. On Friday (September 28), the squad defeated Kansas City by a margin of 4-1. Chrissy Campbell, Jordan Walgren, Sarah Wright and Skyler Jessop came off of the bench to charge Western's offense netting all of the goals in the contest.
On Sunday (September 30), the squad picked up its fifth shutout of the season 2-0 over the Coyotes of South Dakota. Senior captain Katie Condon performed in dominant fashion, heading in both goals in the match.
Keeper Laura Atkinson notched 12 saves on the week, eight against the 'Roos and four against the Coyotes, to remain a perfect 5-0 overall and 2-0 in conference play. The Summit League awarded her the second Defensive Player of the Week nod of the season for her efforts.
A LOOK AT THE BULLDOGS: Drake, a member of the Missouri Valley Conference, brings a 10-3-1 overall record into Wednesday's match...Ashlie Stokes leads the team in goals scored (6) and points (14) and is followed by Generve Charles with five goals scored and 11 points...Brittany Schuling has a team-high five assists on the season and is followed by Rhian Pritchard and Laura Moklestad with three apiece...Keeper Kalena Litch has played every minute in the net for the Bulldogs, has 59 saves and five shutouts on the year.
SERIES HISTORY: Western Illinois trails Drake 2-4-0 in all-time matches played...In their last meeting on September 4, 2011, the Leathernecks played to a 1-0 victory...Katie Condon netted the lone goal of the match.
A LOOK AT THE JAGUARS: Summit League member IUPUI has an overall record of 2-10-1 and a conference mark of 0-1-1 into Saturday's match...Ashley Doreski leads the team in goals with three and is followed by Grace Perkowitz and Mackenzie Calvert with two...Doreski has a team-high six points and Perkowitz has five...Kalli Shepler-Tucker has three assists on the year, a team-best...Keeper Giselle Guzman has logged 852:54 minutes in net and compiled a record of 2-4-1...She has 73 saves on the season and two shutouts.
SERIES HISTORY: The Leathernecks are tied with the Jaguars in overall meetings 7-7-0...In their last meeting on October 22, 2011, Western fell 3-1...Kayse Flostrand buried the lone goal for the Leathernecks.
NATIONAL RANKS: The Leatherneck offense ranks seventh in the nation after eight weeks of play scoring 33 goals in 11 contests averaging three goals per match...The squad is 13th in Goals Against Average (.545), 16th in Won-Lost-Tied Percentage (.818) and Save Percentage (.857).
TOP DOG: Western Illinois paces the Summit League with a commanding 9-2-0 record overall and 2-0-0 in league play...Oakland (4-3-3, 1-0-0), North Dakota State (4-6-0, 1-0-0), Kansas City (4-6-3, 1-1-0) and Omaha (1-11-0, 1-1-0) round out the top five.
SUMMIT LEAGUE MARKS: Keeper Laura Atkinson leads the conference in Save Percentage (.900), Goals Against (2) and Goals Against Average (.41)...Keeper Victoria Kappel is fourth in Save Percentage (.800), second in Goals Against (4) and second in Goals Against Average (.65)...Katie Condon is second overall in Goals with five and Skyler Jessop is third with four...Kellie Julius and Sloane Levin rank second and third in Assists with five and four, respectively...Condon is third in the league with 11 points and Jessop is fourth with 10...Sarah Hall paces the conference in Shots with 33 and is followed by Chrissy Campbell who has taken 28...The Leathernecks have scored 33 goals on the year thus far, a total of 13 more than Oakland who has 20, and ranks first in Goals Against Average with 0.55.
TOP DRAWER: Western moved up a spot to 61st in the most recent release of the Top Drawer Soccer Women's College Rankings...The team was ranked 62nd last week and has been on the list for the last three weeks.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Keeper Laura Atkinson was awarded Summit League 'Defensive Player of the Week' honors after helping the Leathernecks to a perfect 2-0 weekend of play...She had eight saves in the match against Kansas City and four in the shutout victory over South Dakota...Her overall record of 5-0-0 and 2-0-0 is a conference best.
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.
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.