GM9 >> UALR (1-7-0) at Middle Tennessee (5-3-0)
Friday, Sept. 21 • 7 PM (CST)
Murfreesboro, Tenn. • Dean A. Hayes Track & Soccer Stadium
Live Stats/Video: GoBlueRaiders.com
GM10 >> UALR at Western Kentucky (5-3-0)
Sunday, Sept. 23 • 1 PM (CST)
Bowling Green, Ky. • WKU Soccer Field
Live Stats: WKUSports.com
WEEK IN REVIEW
• UALR was unable to keep the momentum from its 4-0 shutout win against UAPB on Sept. 9, as the Trojans fell 4-0 at home to Northwestern State on Friday, Sept. 14 in their only match of the week.
• Northwestern State turned a 1-0 halftime lead into a 4-0 win by scoring two of its three-second half goals within the first ten minutes of the period. A score on a penalty kick late in the match (87:59) supplied the Lady Demons' final goal.
• The Lady Demons outshot UALR by a 22-11 total -- 11-3 and 11-8 in the first and second halves, respectively. Northwestern State finished the match with an 11-4 advantage in shots on goal.
• Cassandra Briscoe scored two goals (28:13, 54:09) to lead the Lady Demon offense. Briscoe also finished with six shots and four shots on goal, both were team bests.
• The Trojans finished the match with an advantage in corner kicks (6-to-1) and on the low end of the foul count (5-to-7).
• UALR once again let freshman Shantel Wittke and junior Natalie Marsh split time in goal. This time, Marsh got the start and played 53:30 before Wittke came on in relief for the final 36:30. Marsh allowed two goals and made six stops; Wittke gave up two goals and made one stop.
• Brooke Bourbonais played all 90 minutes and made four stops to pick up the shutout for Northwestern State.
ABOUT MIDDLE TENNESSEE
2012 Record: 5-3-0
2012 Home Record: 3-2-0
Head Coach: Aston Rhoden (11th year)
Career Record: 161-122-21
Record at MT: 122-72-20
MT Statistical Leaders
Points: Whitney Jorgenson (13)
Goals: Paige Goeglein (5)
Assists: Whitney Jorgenson (5)
Shots: Paige Goeglein (18)
Saves: Kelsey Brouwer (25)
• Head coach Aston Rhoden and the Blue Raiders bring a 5-3-0 overall record into the opening weekend of Sun Belt play. Middle Tennessee was edged by Memphis, 3-2, in their only match last weekend.
• MT sports a 3-2-0 record in Murfreesboro this season with wins over Alabama A&M, East Tennessee State and Belmont to their credit. Losses to SEC opponents Ole Miss -- who defeated UALR 8-0 on Aug. 31 -- and Vanderbilt complete their home tally.
• Whitney Jorgenson and Paige Goeglin lead a MT offense that sits atop the Sun Belt in points (75), goals (28) and goals per game (3.50). The Blue Raiders rank second in the conference in assists (19) while leading in assists per game (2.38).
• Jorgensen is currently tied for the Sun Belt lead in points (13), and leads outright in points per game (1.62) and assists (5).
• Goeglin ranks second in the league in goals (5), goals per game (0.62) and points per game (1.50), while leading the conference in game-winners (3).
• The Middle Tennessee defense has surrendered just 11 scores on the season, placing them third in the league in that category.
• Kelsey Brouwer has played the bulk of the minutes in goal, producing two shutouts and a 3-2-0 record.
• Middle Tennessee holds a 14-3-1 edge in the all-time series, including a 6-2-0 mark in games played in Murfreesboro, Tenn.
ABOUT WESTERN KENTUCKY
2012 Record: 5-3-0
2012 Home Record: 2-2-0
Head Coach: Jason Neidell (12th year)
Career Record: 133-73-20
Record at WKU: Same
WKU Statistical Leaders
Points: Amanda Buechel (9)
Goals: Amanda Buechel (4)
Assists: Eight tied (1)
Shots: Amanda Buechel (21)
Saves: Nikki Hall (27)
• Head coach Jason Neidell and Western Kentucky sit at 5-3-0 overall entering the weekend. The Hilltoppers defeated Belmont last weekend, 1-0, in their first match since a 4-1 loss to Vanderbilt on Sept. 9.
• WKU is 2-2-0 at home this season with wins over Belmont and Evansville.
• Amanda Buechel leads the Hilltoppers in goals (4), points (9), shots (21), shots on goal (13), game-winners (2) and is tied for the team lead in assists (1). Buechel is in the league's top five in goals, goals per game (0.50) and game-winners.
• The Hilltopper offense has produced 13 goals and 34 points on the year. The WKU defense is tied for third in the league (with Middle Tennessee) with 11 goals allowed.
• Goalkeeper Nikki Hall has started all eight matches, stopped 27 shots and allowed 11 goals for a .711 save percentage.
• WKU holds a 10-1-0 advantage in the all-time series, including a perfect 5-0-0 record in games played in Bowling Green, Ky.
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 the Trojans' 4-0 win over UAPB (9/9). Brady provided 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 eight matches, combining for four goals and three assists. Rohane leads the Trojans in shots (21) and shots on goal (12), while Galletti ranks second in both categories with 15 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 first-year transfer player from Memphis, also scored her first goal as a Trojan against UAPB. Barksdale has made an immediate impact since returning to her hometown, starting seven of eight matches while putting four of seven shots on target for a .571 shots-on-goal percentage.
• Freshman Ashley Asuncion collected an assist on teammate Ariel Galletti's score in the 68th minute of UALR's match against UAPB (9/9) for the first point of her UALR career. Asuncion has started all eight 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 (13) and shots on goal (7). Mason has started all eight matches and is second only to Rohane in minutes played (626) amongst UALR's midfielders and forwards.
• Senior Olivia Carrasco has been UALR's rock on defense through the first eight matches, playing a total of 675 minutes -- 84.4 per contest. Carrasco's presence on defense has been essential to a team stricken by injuries to a number of members of UALR's backline.
• Sophomore Betsy Blackwood (627 minutes), senior Jenna Brady (628), junior Ashley Barksdale (605) and freshman Ashley Asuncion (618) 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 in goal in 2011, 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.
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).