MACOMB, Ill. - Western Illinois women's soccer (12-4-0 overall, 4-2-0 Summit League) goes back on the road for its final regular season weekend of play. The Leathernecks face current Summit League frontrunner Fort Wayne (8-6-1, 4-1-1) on Friday (October 26) and third-place Oakland (7-5-3, 4-2-0) on Sunday (October 28).
With two victories, Western will be able to clinch the regular season Summit League title and claim the number one seed heading into the Summit League Tournament held in Brookings, S.D. beginning next Friday (November 2).
In action last weekend, the Leathernecks trumped Omaha in 1-0 in overtime on Friday (October 19). Jennika Myers fired a shot from 20 yards out that ricocheted off the crossbar and Jordan Walgren was there to head it in for the game-winning goal in the third minute of the extra frame. It marked Walgren's fourth goal of the year and second game-winner. Myers picked up her first assist of the season on the goal.
Keeper Victoria Kappel earned her fifth victory in net and her third shutout in the match. She tallied a total of seven saves.
A LOOK AT THE MASTODONS: Fort Wayne enters the match with a Summit League best record of 4-1-1 and an overall mark of 8-6-1...Arianne Mason and Danielle Bishop pace the team in points with nine apiece, and are followed closely by Sydney Hoareau with eight...Mason and Bishop have a team best four goals each, while Tylar Allison leads the team with four assists...Keeper Sam Pavlika has a record of 8-6-1 in net with four shutouts...She has 65 saves on the season with a save percentage of .802, and has allowed 16 goals with a goals-against average of 1.03.
SERIES HISTORY: Western has the advantage in all time meetings with a 6-2-0 record...In the last meeting on October 30, 2011, Fort Wayne won the match 4-3...Current team members Amber Davis and Sarah Hall netted goals in the match, while graduate Nora Potempa added the third.
A LOOK AT THE GOLDEN GRIZZLIES: Summit League member Oakland enters the weekend with a record of 7-5-3 and a league mark of 4-2-0...Kyla Kellermann paces the squad in points (19), goals (8), shots (36) and shots on goal (25)...Abigail Haelewyn has a team high nine assists on the season...Meghan Reynolds leads the team in game-winning goals with three...Keeper Shannon Coley has appeared in 12 matches, starting 11, and owns an overall record of 6-4-2 with 4.1 shutouts...She has allowed 13 goals with a goals-against average of 1.07 and tallied 49 saves with a save percentage of .790.
SERIES HISTORY: Oakland leads Western Illinois in overall meetings 14-3-1...In the most recent match on October 28, 2011, the Golden Grizzlies played to a 3-0 shutout win.
NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED: The Leathernecks rank nationally in several categories including save percentage (8th-0.875), goals-against average (18th-0.624), scoring offense (19th-2.31), win-lost-tied percentage (22nd-0.75) and shutout percentage (29th-0.5)...Keeper Laura Atkinson is 13th in save percentage (0.882) and 29th in goals-against average (0.675)...Sarah Hall is 28th in game winning goals (4)...Kellie Julius is 141st in total assists (5).
LEAGUE PULSE: Western (4-2-0) is ranked second in Summit League standings with one weekend remaining in conference play...Fort Wayne leads the league with a record of (4-1-1), while Oakland is third (4-2-0)...If the Leathernecks win out, they will be the regular season Summit League Champions and enter the Summit League Tournament as the number one seed.
SUMMIT LEAGUE STATS: Keeper Laura Atkinson ranks first in the league in save percentage (0.882), wins (7) and shutouts (5) and is second in goals against (6) and goals-against average (0.68)...Fellow keeper Victoria Kappel is first in goals against (4) and goals-against average (0.56) and ranks second in save percentage (0.852)...Sarah Hall paces the league in game-winning goals (4) and is second in shots (45)...Katie Condon is second in goals (5) and fifth in points (12)...Sloane Levin is third in shots (42) and fourth in assists (4).
TOP DRAWER: In TopDrawerSoccer.com's Women's DI Top 64, Western Illinois is ranked 61st...The Leathernecks are the lone team to make it onto the list from the Summit League.
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.