GM4 >> UALR (0-3-0) at Ole Miss (4-0-0)
Friday, Aug. 31 • 7 PM (CST)
Oxford, Miss. • Ole Miss Soccer Stadium
Live Stats: OleMissSports.com
• UALR's overall record dropped to 0-3-0 on the year with a 4-1 home loss against Western Illinois on Sunday, Aug. 26.
• Plagued by injuries to a number of starters and key reserves, the Trojans were outmanned on both ends of the field as fatigue was reflected in a number of statistical categories.
• Western Illinois outshot UALR by a 30-6 count in the match, including 21-3 in shots on goal.
• WIU put up three goals and 17 shots in the first half before coming back after halftime and delivering another score and 13 additional shots.
• Sophomore Alyson Rohane supplied the lone brightspot on offense for UALR, scoring her first goal of the season by deflecting a Jenna Brady shot past the WIU keeper in the 11th minute.
• Making her second-straight start in goal, junior Natalie Marsh came up with 17 stops, just two saves shy of the school record -- 19 by Heather Friedman in the 2000 season.
• Brady's assist on Rohane's goal was the first of her career. Brady, who plays primarily as a defender, is tied for third on the team with 256 minutes played this season.
THE WEEKEND THAT WAS
• UALR fell to 0-3-0 on the season with its 4-1 loss at home against the Western Illinois Leathernecks on Sunday, Aug. 26.
• The Trojans fell behind early when they allowed a WIU goal just 1:50 into the match, but found the equalizer at the 10:22 mark when sophomore Alyson Rohane redirected a Jenna Brady shot past the Leatherneck keeper to knot the score at 1-all.
• The score would stay tied until near the end of the first half, when WIU put up two quick goals just under two minutes apart (38:03, 40:41) to take a 3-1 lead into intermission. The Leathernecks ended the opening half with a 17-4 lead in shots, including a 12-2 advantage in shots on goal.
• WIU added an unassisted score at the 60:42 mark of the second half to bring the match to its final tally. The Leathernecks added 13 more shots, including nine on target, in the second half.
• UALR has surrendered 12 goals through the first three matches, the most it's given up since the 2005 season when the Trojans allowed 19 goals in three games to start the year.
ABOUT OLE MISS
• UALR holds a 1-6-0 record all-time against Ole Miss, with its lone victory coming in the 1996 season when the Trojans topped the Rebels by a 2-1 score in Little Rock.
• Since then, Ole Miss has rattled off five straight wins, four of which in shutout fashion, with the most recent being an 8-0 defeat played in Oxford in the 2009 season.
• Ole Miss has outscored UALR by a total of 30-4 in seven career matchups.
• This year, Ole Miss sports a perfect 4-0 record with wins against St. Louis, Middle Tennessee, Troy and Louisiana-Lafayette. The Rebels have outscored their opponents by a combined 12-2 count thus far.
• Rafaelle Souza leads the Rebels with four goals and an assist through four matches. Mandy McCalla has tallied three goals and three assists and leads the team with 21 shots. In all, 11 different Ole Miss players have collected points (via goals or assists) in four matches.
• The Ole Miss defense has been excellent thus far, giving up just two goals and allowing only 31 shots combined by their oppoents in four matches (7.75 per match). The Rebels are coming off back-to-back shutout wins over Troy (5-0) and Louisiana-Lafayette (1-0).
• In goal, Kelly McCormick has played every minute through the team's four matches but has faced just 14 total shots over that span. McCormick has allowed two goals and currently sports a .857 save percentage.
• Head coach Matthew Mott has put together a 15-19-2 record in his first two seasons as the Rebels' head coach.
BETWEEN THE PIPES
• Junior Natalie Marsh has been tested early and often through her first three matches at the Division I level. A transfer from Jamestown CC in New York, Marsh split time in net with freshman Shantel Wittke in each of UALR's first two matches before starting and playing all 90 minutes against Western Illinois.
• Against WIU, Marsh made 17 stops -- 2 shy of the school record, set by Heather Friedman back in the 2000 season.
• In the game prior against Austin Peay, Marsh made her first career start and made 13 stops -- giving her an average of 15 saves per match in two career starts.
• Marsh saw 21 shots in the match against WIU, including one PK, and stopped 17 for a .810 SOG percentage in the match.
• Through three matches, Marsh leads the Sun Belt Conference in saves (33) and saves per match (11), and ranks third in save percentage (.825) amongst keepers having faced at least 10 shots.
• Originally from Bemus Point, N.Y., Marsh stopped 132 shots and produced a pair of shutouts as the starter at Jamestown CC a year ago. Marsh was a Second Team All-Region selection (NJCAA Region III, Division III) in 2011.
• Marsh has clocked a total of 162:14 in goal this year. Wittke has played the remaining 107:45, allowing five goals and making four saves in that span.
• With their roster depleted by injuries, the Trojans have had trouble finding the back of the net through their first three matches.
• Injuries to Adrianna Queen and Holly Holland, two players who combined to score four goals a year ago, in addition to Michelle Pittman, Kamiya Merrick, Amanda Wilkinson and Galya Cohen have forced a number of UALR players into heavy minutes in unfamiliar roles.
• No place is that more evident than on the offensive end of the field, where the Trojans have scored just two goals and put up only 19 shots (6.33 per game) through three matches.
• For the season, UALR is being outshot by its opponents 73-19, including 49-12 in shots on goal, and outscored 12-2.
• Sophomores Ariel Galletti and Alyson Rohane have scored the two UALR goals. Galletti tallied hers in the earlygoing of UALR's 3-1 loss to APSU (8/19), and Rohane delivered hers in the first half of the Trojans' loss to Western Illinois (8/26).
• Rohane also collected an assist on Galletti's goal to lead the Trojans in points (3). Senior Jenna Brady picked up the assist on Rohane's score against Western Illinois.
• UALR currently at the bottom of the Sun Belt in goals scored, shots, points and goals allowed.
• UALR has leaned heavily on a few of its newcomers in the early parts of the 2012 season.
• In addition to Marsh's contributions in goal, junior Paige Mason, a transfer from Fresno City College, has started all three matches and played 258 total minutes (86 per match/Avg.). Mason is currently second on the team with four shots.
• Junior Ashley Barksdale, a Little Rock-native who transferred after playing two years at Memphis, has earned two starts and played 229 minutes. Barksdale has put both of her shots on frame for a perfect shots-on-goal percentage.
• Freshman Ashley Asuncion has started all three matches at defender and has racked up 256 minutes of playing time.
• Freshmen Taylor Hoover and Asia Kleinmeyer have also seen minutes for the Trojans this season.
• Sophomore Alyson Rohane was 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 currently leads the Trojans in points (3) and is tied for the team lead in goals (1) and assists (1).
SUN BELT CONFERENCE
• UALR was picked to finish ninth in the Sun Belt Conference in a preseason 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).