GM3 >> Western Illinois (0-1-0) at UALR (0-2-0)
Sunday, Aug. 26 • 1 PM (CST)
Little Rock, Ark. • Coleman Sports & Recreation Complex
Live Stats/Video: UALRTrojans.com
• The Trojans fell to 0-2-0 on the year with losses at Missouri State and at home to Austin Peay in their opening weekend of the 2012 season.
• UALR found itself on the wrong end of a 5-0 score at Missouri State on Friday before losing by a 3-1 tally to Austin Peay in their home opener on Sunday.
• Sophomore Ariel Galletti scored the lone goal of the weekend for the Trojans in the 12th minute of their Sunday match against Austin Peay. Galletti led the Trojans in scoring with four goals in 2011.
• Sophomore Alyson Rohane supplied the helper on Galletti's score. Rohane was UALR's team leader in assists (4) in 2011.
• Junior Paige Mason led the team with four shots on the weekend, all coming in UALR's Sunday match against Austin Peay.
• Seniors Jenna Brady and Olivia Carrasco lead the team in minutes played (180) through two matches.
• Goalkeepers Natalie Marsh and Shantel Wittke have split the minutes in goal thus far. Wittke has played 107:45 and given up five goals while Marsh has clocked 72:14 and allowed three scores.
• The Trojans fell to 0-2-0 in their opening weekend, losing at Missouri State by a 5-0 score before returning home and losing to Austin Peay 3-1.
• Missouri State controlled the season opener for both teams from the get-go, putting up two goals in the first 22 minutes of the match and outshooting the Trojans 8-0, including 5-0 in shots on goal, in the first half alone.
• MSU piled on three more scores in a six-minute span of the second half to bring the match to its final tally. The Bears ended the contest with a 19-1 advantage in shots and a 12-1 lead in shots on goal. Junior Ashley Barksdale put up the lone shot for the Trojans.
• The Trojans grabbed a quick lead against Austin Peay in Sunday's match, as sophomore Ariel Galletti netted UALR's first score of the season at the 11:23 mark off an assist from Alyson Rohane.
• Austin Peay wasted little time with an answer, netting the equalizer at the 23:19 mark to knot the score as the teams went into halftime.
• After a fairly even first half of play, APSU controlled the final 45 minutes of the match, outshooting the Trojans 14-5 and leading in corner kicks 3-0 in the final half.
• The Lady Govs broke the tie with a score in the 47th minute before putting the match out of reach with another goal in the 71st minute to win by a 3-1 final.
ABOUT WESTERN ILLINOIS
• UALR's matchup with Western Illinois (0-1-0) on Sunday will be the first in the history of the two programs.
• First-year head coach Ted Flogaites leads a team that features 23 returners and eight starters from a 7-12-0 season in 2011. Junior Amber Davis, who led the team in goals and points as a sophomore, headlines the group of returning players.
• The Leathernecks dropped their season opener to Northern Iowa by a 1-0 count on Friday, Aug. 19. Western Illinois outshot the opposition, 14-9, but was unable to find the back of the net.
• Western Illinois will play Friday at UAPB before traveling to Little Rock for the match on Sunday.
• Freshman Shantel Wittke and junior Natalie Marsh have split the minutes at goalkeeper through UALR's first two matches. Wittke got the start at MSU and played the first 71 minutes before being pulled in favor of Marsh. Conversely, Marsh started the match against Austin Peay and was pulled in favor of Wittke at the 52:46 mark.
• Wittke has racked up four saves and given up four goals in 107:45 minutes in goal, while Marsh leads the Sun Belt with 16 saves and has allowed three scores in 72:14 minutes between the pipes.
PICKING UP WHERE SHE LEFT OFF
• Sophomore Ariel Galletti, the Trojans' leading scorer in 2011, netted UALR's lone goal of the opening weekend in the team's 3-1 loss to Ausin Peay on Aug. 19.
• Galletti racked up four goals and an assist a season ago to lead UALR with nine points.
• The Lake Balboa, Calif.-native has put both of her shots on target for a perfect SOG% this season.
• Several of UALR's newcomers saw significant time in the team's first two matches.
• Junior Paige Mason started both matches and currently leads UALR's front line in shots (4) and minutes played (168).
• Junior Ashley Barksdale saw heavy minutes for the Trojans on the defensive end of the field, logging 146 minutes and picking up a start against APSU. Barksdale has put up three shots through two matches.
• Freshman Ashley Asuncion made two starts on the defensive end of the field, while fellow first-year players Taylor Hoover and Asia Kleinmeyer saw action in each of the Trojans' matches.
• Freshman Galya Cohen started Sunday's match against Austin Peay and saw a total of 150 minutes in her first weekend of Division I soccer.
• Sophomore Alyson Rohane was recently named to College Sports Madness' Preseason All-Sun Belt Second Team. Rohane scored two goals and tallied a team-best four assists in her freshman campaign.
• Rohane assisted on UALR's only goal of the 2012 season. The sophomore sent a low roller that forced the keeper to dive right to make the stop. The deflected shot bounced right to Galletti, who finished with a score.
COLEMAN SPORTS & RECREATION COMPLEX
• UALR's Aug. 19 match against Austin Peay kicked off a new era for UALR athletics, as the school unveiled the Coleman Sports & Recreation Complex -- the new home of the UALR soccer and track and field programs.
• Located behind University Village near the corner of Asher and University avenues, the facility features the soccer field and an eight-lane track with state-of-the-art Polytan synthetic surfacing.
• A press box with internet capability and a concessions area stands adjacent to the field and houses the UALR media and sports information work areas.
SUN BELT CONFERENCE
• UALR was recently picked to finish ninth in the Sun Belt Conference in a pre-season poll of the head coaches in the league. FIU received five first-place votes and 114 total points as the preseason favorite, followed by North Texas (five first-place votes, 110 points) and Middle Tennessee (one first-place vote, 93 points).