MACOMB, Ill. - Western Illinois women's soccer (2-1-0) looks to build upon its best offensive start to a season in the history of the program in Mississippi this weekend. The Leathernecks have netted a total of 12 goals in their first three games, a number that is four better than the previous eight scored in the first three games in 2008.
Due to Hurricane Isaac, the Leathernecks' match at Jackson State scheduled for Friday (August 31) has been postponed. There is discussion of rescheduling the match on Monday (September 3). Western Illinois' match on Sunday at Mississippi Valley State is still on for Sunday (September 2) in Itta Benna, Miss.
Last week's Summit League 'Offensive Player of the Week' Miranda Graham led the Leathernecks in points tallying five in all. She netted two goals, one in each contest, and also notched an assist. Katie Condon scored two goals on two shots against Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Friday (August 24) and Sarah Hall also had two find the back of the net against Arkansas-Little Rock on Sunday (August 26).
WHO: Western Illinois vs. Mississippi Valley State
WHEN: Sunday, September 2 at 1 p.m.
LOCATION: Itta Benna, Miss.
STADIUM: R.W. Harrison Complex
LIVESTATS: Not available for this match
A LOOK AT THE DEVILETTES: Mississippi Valley State, also a member of the Southwestern Athletic Conference, brings an overall mark of 0-2-0 into Sunday's match...Freshman Nykosi Simmons leads the Devilettes in goals with one and points with two...Keeper Shelby Willcocks has 15 saves this season and a goals against average of 4.00...Last year, the team posted an overall record of 6-9-4 and a SWAC mark of 2-2.
SERIES HISTORY: Western Illinois defeated Mississippi Valley State 3-0 in their last meeting on August 21, 2011...Current Leathernecks Jordan Spacial and Amy Bennett netted goals in the contest, while graduate Laura Lins scored the third...Keeper Victoria Kappel earned the win and recorded one save in the match.
A LOOK AT THE LADY TIGERS: Jackson State, a member of the Southwestern Athletic Conference, brings a record of 0-3-0 into Monday's potential match...The Lady Tigers have yet to score a goal in 2012 and are led in shots by Alexandria Goutier with five...Keeper Emerson Taylor has 29 saves on the year with a goals against average of 4.00...Last season, Jackson State had an overall mark of 7-9-1 and finished first in the SWAC's East Division with a record of 3-0-1.
SERIES HISTORY: This is the first meeting in school history.
SUMMIT LEAGUE STATUS: The Fighting Leathernecks sit atop the Summit League standings with their current record of 2-1-0...Western has 12 goals on the season and 84 shots, both of which rank second in the Summit League to Oakland...Senior Miranda Graham was tabbed Summit League 'Offensive Player of the Week' (August 20-26) for the first time in her career after she scored a goal in each Leatherneck victory over the weekend.
DEUCES: Western Illinois is led in scoring by a trio of Leathernecks, Katie Condon, Miranda Graham and Sarah Hall, all of which have two goals. Condon netted two against Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Hall scored two against Arkansas-Little Rock and Graham had one find the back of the net in each game.
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.