MACOMB, Ill. - Western Illinois women's soccer (7-2-0) returns to its home pitch, John MacKenzie Alumni Field, for conference opening play against Kansas City (3-5-3) on Friday (September 28) and South Dakota (1-7-2) on Saturday (September 30) following a month long road swing.
The Fighting Leathernecks had last weekend off following a 1-1 weekend. The squad fell 1-0 to the Bears of Missouri State on Friday (September 14), halting its six-match win streak. Keeper Victoria Kappel tallied five saves in the match.
On Sunday (September 16), Western recorded a 3-1 come-behind win over North Dakota. UND scored in the second minute of the match for an early lead, and the Leathernecks trailed for the remainder of the first half. In the 72nd minute, Skyler Jessop netted the equalizing goal and with less than seven minutes of play in the contest, Kristin Becker notched the game-winning goal off of a corner kick. Sarah Hall added an insurance goal in the 89th minute to round out scoring, her fourth of the season.
A LOOK AT THE KANGAROOS: Summit League member Kansas City brings an overall record of 3-5-3...Taylor Bare leads the 'Roos in goals on the season with five and is followed by Allison Schau who has netted two...Hunter Wagoner and Hannah Chadick each have a team high three assists on the year...Keeper Nina Tzianos has logged 7:13.39 in net and has a record of 2-3-3 in eight matches played...She has a goals against average of 1.39 and has 34 saves.
SERIES HISTORY: Western holds a 2-1-0 edge over Kansas City in matches played in school history...In the last meeting on October 2, 2011, the Leathernecks fell by a 2-1 margin...Miranda Graham netted Western's lone goal in the sixth minute in the match.
A LOOK AT THE COYOTES: Newly appointed Summit League member South Dakota is currently 1-6-2...Jenny Teslow leads the squad in goals with four and followed by Danielle Anderson with three...Teagan Eberle and Erin Bello have each netted two on the year...Anderson leads the Coyotes in assists with two...Keeper Abby Lindsey's 457:57 minutes in net paces the squad...She is 0-3-1 on the season with a goals against average of 2.55 and 20 saves.
SERIES HISTORY: Western trails in overall meetings 0-2-1...In the pair's last meeting on September 30, 2011, the Coyotes played to a 2-1 victory...Jordan Spaciel netted the Leathernecks' only goal of the game off of a Laura Lins corner.
CLIMBING THE RANKS: Western Illinois is fifth in the National rankings for Scoring Offense (3.0), 16th in Goals-Against Average (.556), 27th in Win-Lost-Tied Percentage (.778), 68th in Shutout Percentage (.444) and 73rd in Save Percentage (.821)...Sarah Hall and Amber Davis are 24th and 69th, respectively, in Game Winning Goals...Keeper Victoria Kappel is 32nd in Goals-Against Average (.655) and 105th in Save Percentage (.8)...Kellie Julius is 70th in total assists (4) and 80th in Assists Per Game (.44).
TOP DRAWER: Leatherneck women's soccer was named the 62nd team in the most recent release of Top Drawer Soccer Women's College Rankings from Top Drawer Soccer...The squad is the only Summit League member to make the grade and is on the list for the second week in a row.
LEAGUE ROUND-UP: Western leads the Summit League with a 7-2-0 record heading into conference play...Oakland (3-3-3), Fort Wayne (4-5-0), Kansas City (3-5-3) and North Dakota State (3-6) round out the top five...Victoria Kappel has the lowest number of Goals Against her in the leage (4), owns a conference best Goals-Against Average (.65) and ranks third in Save Percentage (.800)...Sarah Hall has a league high 28 shots and ranks third in Goals (4) and Points (9)...Kellie Julius is second in Assists (4).
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.