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UALR is a perfect 5-0-0 all-time against UCA.
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UALR Soccer Faces UCA in Conway on Wednesday at 5 PM
UALR Sports Information
Release: 09/04/2012

LITTLE ROCK - UALR (0-4-0) will make the short trip to Conway for its matchup with UCA (5-1-0) on Wednesday at the Bill Stephens Track/Soccer Complex at 5 p.m. The Trojans will be searching for their first win of the 2012 season, while UCA will be looking to make it three-straight and six of seven to start the year.

UALR has never lost to UCA in its history, holding a 5-0-0 record in the all-time series and outscoring the Bears 15-2 in the five matchups. The Trojans won a 2-1 decision last season in Little Rock, scoring two goals in the second half to overcome a 1-0 deficit at intermission. Departed seniors Christina Veasley and Kristen Semko supplied the second-half scores for the Trojans.

The Trojans fell in their only match of the Labor Day Weekend, dropping an 8-0 contest at Ole Miss on Friday, Aug. 31. The Rebels outshot UALR by a 31-4 count in the match, including 18-2 in shots on goal. Mandy McCalla and Olivia Harrison scored two goals each to lead an Ole Miss offense that racked up 21 total points in the game. Freshman Shantel Wittke earned the second start of her career in goal for the Trojans in Oxford and stopped nine shots while allowing six goals in 60:33 of action. Junior Natalie Marsh came on in relief for the final 29:27 and made one save while allowing two goals.

The loss at Ole Miss continued the Trojans' offensive woes through the season's first four matches. UALR has scored just two goals this season, one each by sophomores Ariel Galletti and Alyson Rohane. As a team, UALR has been outscored 23-2 by its opponents, and outshot 104-23. The Trojans have put 14 of their 23 shots on target for a .609 shots-on-goal percentage.

Wittke and Marsh have split time at goalkeeper for the Trojans. Wittke started the season opener at Missouri State before her second start last weekend at Ole Miss, while Marsh made starts at home against Austin Peay and Western Illinois. Marsh has logged 191:41 of action with Wittke accounting for the remaining 168:19. Marsh leads the Sun Belt with 34 saves and ranks fifth in save percentage (.791). Wittke has stopped 13 shots for a .542 save percentage.

UCA improved its record to 5-1 on the season with a 3-0 shutout of Alabama A&M on Sunday, Sept. 2. The Bears have already put up 23 goals on the season (3.83 per match), eclipsing their season total of 22 from last year. Eight different players have found the back of the net for the Bears this season. Adriana Lucur leads the team with eight goals, followed by Marisela Chavez and Cristin Curl with four scores each. Kristin Pollard and Abigail Hodgson have each supplied three assists to tie for the team lead. Lucar's team-leading eight goals are highlighted by a hat trick in the team's 7-1 win over Mississippi Valley State on Friday, Aug. 31.

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