GM8 >> UALR (1-6-0) vs Northwestern State (2-4-0)
Friday, Sept. 14 • 7 PM (CST)
Little Rock, Ark. • Coleman Sports & Recreation Complex
Live Stats/Video: UALRTrojans.com
GM9 >> UALR at Middle Tennessee
Friday, Sept. 21 • 7 PM (CST)
Murfreesboro, Tenn. • Dean A. Hayes Track & Soccer Stadium
Live Stats/Video: GoBlueRaiders.com
• The Trojans garnered their first win of 2012 in dominant fashion on Sunday, beating UAPB 4-0 in a match that saw UALR put up a season-best 49 shots, including 25 on goal, also a season high.
• In addition to shots and shots on goal, UALR set new season highs in goals (4), assists (2) and corner kicks (12). The Trojans' two foul calls were a season low.
• Sophomore Alyson Rohane led the Trojans with 16 shots -- the highest single-game total in the Sun Belt Conference this season.
• Rohane was one of four UALR players to score a goal against the Golden Lions. Junior Ashley Barksdale and senior Jenna Brady each tallied the first goals of their UALR careers, while sophomore Ariel Galletti added her second score of the season.
• Galletti added an assist on Rohane's score and now leads the team in points (6) and assists (2), and is tied with Rohane for the team lead in goals (2).
• Freshman Shantel Wittke and junior Natalie Marsh each contributed to the first UALR shutout of the year. Wittke started and played 59:23 while Marsh closed out the final 30:37.
WEEK IN REVIEW
• UALR captured its first win of the 2012 season with a 4-0 victory against in-state foe UAPB on Sunday, Sept. 9. UALR set new season highs in virtually every offensive category, including goals (4), assists (2), points (10), shots (49), shots on goal (25) and corner kicks (12).
• Sophomore Alyson Rohane scored one goal and led the Trojans with 16 shots on the day -- a single-game high for any player in the Sun Belt this season.
• Sophomore Ariel Galletti finished the day with three points, a single-game best by any UALR player on the year, tallying one goal and one assist.
• Junior Ashley Barksdale and senior Jenna Brady each scored the first goals of their UALR careers. Barksdale's goal came in the early going, as the Little Rock-native scored unassisted at the 8:28 mark to give the Trojans an early lead. Brady's goal put UALR up three in the 77th minute and came on a PK after sophomore Lexus VanPelt was pulled down in the box.
• The Trojans' four goals were the most in a match since they beat Florida Atlantic by a 4-1 count a season ago in Little Rock (9/25/11). The UAPB win marked the fourth time UALR has scored four or more goals in head coach Freddy Delgado's tenure.
• Sunday's win was also the Trojans' first shutout of the season. Freshman Shantel Wittke got the start and played 59:23 while making two saves before junior Natalie Marsh came on for the final 30:37 and made one stop.
• UALR lost at Louisiana Tech by a 1-0 score on Friday, Sept. 7. Wittke got the start in goal and played one her best matches of the season, stopping eight of the nine shots she faced while playing all 90 minutes. Tech's one goal came at the 47:11 mark when Emily Brennan beat Wittke off a feed from Nicole Jaquemet.
ABOUT NORTHWESTERN STATE
• The Lady Demons sit at 2-4-0 overall following their Monday night win over LSU-Shreveport in Natchitoches, La.
• Head coach George Van Linder is in his first year as head coach of the Lady Demons after spending the previous two seasons as associate head coach at Oklahoma. Prior to OU, Van Linder acquired 15 years of experience as a head coach in stops at Stephen F. Austin (2008-09), Baylor (2003-07), SMU (2000-02) and Butler (1997-99).
• Northwestern State's only other win of the season came at home against Texas Southern on Aug. 24. The Lady Demons topped Texas Southern by a 4-1 final.
• The Lady Demons are winless on the road this year and have been outscored 15-1 in matches at Baylor, Oral Roberts and Tulsa.
• Overall, Northwestern State is being outscored 19-9 on the season.
• Yanci Johnson leads the Lady Demons with four goals and eight points on the year. Johnson has supplied the game-winner in both of the Lady Demons' wins.
• Brooke Bourbonais has played the bulk of the minutes in goal for the Lady Demons, logging 452:49 while starting all six matches. Bourbonais has allowed 17 goals (3.38 per game) and made 41 stops for a .707 save percentage.
BETWEEN THE PIPES
• Freshman Shantel Wittke has started the last four matches for the Trojans in goal but continues to split time with junior Natalie Marsh. UALR's 1-0 loss at Louisiana Tech was the first match of the season in which Wittke went the entire 90 minutes.
• Wittke and Marsh combined to shutout UAPB on Sunday, marking the Trojans' first shutout win of the season and their first since Oct. 9, 2011 when they topped visiting Louisiana-Lafayette in OT by a 1-0 final at Burns Park.
• Despite splitting minutes, both UALR keepers rank in the Sun Belt's top ten in total saves. Marsh sits first overall with 38 saves, while Wittke ranks eighth in the league with 27 stops. Marsh also ranks fifth in the league in save percentage (.809).
VETERANS CARRYING OFFENSE
• Despite lining up on defense, senior Jenna Brady has totaled three points on the season after scoring the first goal of her UALR career in Sunday's win over UAPB. Brady picked up an assist on Alyson Rohane's goal against Western Illinois on Aug. 26.
• Sophomores Alyson Rohane and Ariel Galletti are leading UALR on offense through its first seven matches, combining for four goals and three assists. Rohane leads the Trojans in shots (20) and shots on goal (11), while Galletti ranks second in both categories with 13 and eight, respectively. Galletti led the Trojans in points (9) and tied for the team lead in goals (4) as a freshman, while Rohane supplied a team-best four assists in 2011.
• Junior Ashley Barksdale, a transfer from Memphis in her first year of eligibility with the Trojans, also scored her first goal as a Trojan against UAPB on Sunday. Barksdale has made an immediate impact since coming back to her hometown, starting six of seven matches while putting four of five shots on target for a .800 shots-on-goal percentage.
• Freshman Ashley Asuncion collected an assist on teammate Ariel Galletti's score in the 68th minute of Sunday's match against UAPB for the first point of her UALR career. Asuncion has started all seven matches in her freshman season as one of the most consistent performers on UALR's backline.
• Junior Paige Mason, has scored one goal on the year (at UCA, 9/5) and ranks third on the team in both shots (12) and shots on goal (7). Mason has started all seven matches and is second only to Rohane in minutes played (981) amongst UALR's midfielders and forwards.
• Senior Olivia Carrasco has been UALR's rock on defense through the first seven matches, playing every minute of every game -- a total of 630 on the season. Carrasco's presence on defense has been essential to a team stricken by injuries to a number of member's to UALR's backline.
• Sophomore Betsy Blackwood (593 minutes), senior Jenna Brady (583), junior Ashley Barksdale (549) and freshman Ashley Asuncion (581) have all logged heavy minutes on the defensive end of the field for the Trojans.
• UALR is still trying to find ways to make up for the losses of a number of players due to early and off-season injuries.
• Senior Michelle Pittman, who started 18 games a year ago at goalkeeper, is included on the list of UALR players yet to see the field this season. Senior Kamiya Merrick and junior Adrianna Queen have also missed all seven matches, while sophomore Amanda Wilkinson and junior Holly Holland both saw early action before going down with injuries.
• 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.
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).