GM15 >> UALR (1-13-0, 0-6-0 SBC) vs. North Texas (10-3-2, 5-0-1 SBC)
Sunday, Oct. 14 • 1 PM (CST)
Little Rock, Ark. • Coleman Sports & Recreation Complex
Live Stats: UALRTrojans.com
• UALR was unable to pick up its first Sun Belt win of the season last weekend, falling to 0-6-0 on the year in league play with losses at South Alabama and Troy.
• The Trojans were handed their worst loss of the season Friday night at South Alabama. The Jaguars rang up the UALR defense for 42 shots and 28 shots on goal -- both 2012 opponent highs -- en route to a 9-0 win at The Cage. The loss was UALR's worst since a 9-0 defeat at Denver on Oct. 13, 2006.
• Linsey Snavely put up a hat trick for the Jags Friday night and did it all in a five-minute span, scoring goals in the 50th, 52nd and 55th minutes of the match.
• In all, the Jaguar offense totaled 26 points on nine goals and eight assists on Friday.
• UALR played a more even game Sunday at Troy, but still came out on the short end of a 4-0 score. The Trojans were outshot, 16-14, but finished the match tied in shots on goal, 7-7.
• Troy's Chelsey Williams scored two goals on just four shots to lead the Troy offense.
• Junior Adrianna Queen led UALR with seven shots and three shots on goal over the weekend. Junior Ashley Barksdale and sophomore Lexus VanPelt both put up four shots in the two matches.
• Freshman Shantel Wittke played the bulk of the minutes in goal, seeing 154 of the 180 total minutes over the weekend and making 13 saves while allowing 10 goals.
ABOUT NORTH TEXAS
• North Texas brings a 10-3-2 overall record, including a 5-0-1 mark in league play, into matches this weekend against Arkansas State and UALR.
• The Mean Green currently sport the top-ranked defense in the Sun Belt, having allowed a league-low 13 goals in 15 matches for a goals-against average of 0.81. The North Texas defense has produced six shutouts on the year.
• Offensively, the Mean Green are led by reigning SBC Offensive Player of the Week Karla Pineda, whose 18 points (6 goals, 6 assists) tie her for fifth in the Sun Belt. Preseason All-Sun Belt selection Kelsey Hodges leads the team and ranks fifth in the league in goals scored (7). Another preseason All-SBC selection, Michelle Young, has totaled 15 points on six goals and three assists.
• The NT offense ranks first in the league in total shots (303), second in goals (32) and goals per game (2.13) and third in total points (81).
• North Texas went 1-0-1 in two matches last weekend against Florida Atlantic and FIU, topping the Owls by a 2-1 score before settling for a 1-1 tie against FIU on Sunday. Pineda scored two goals, including the game-winner against Florida Atlantic, to lead the NT offense.
• Jackie Kerestine has played the majority of the minutes in goal for the Mean Green and ranks fourth in the Sun Belt with a .797 save percentage. Her 4.2 shutouts rank third in the conference.
• North Texas holds an 11-2-1 advantage in the all-time series between the two teams. The Mean Green topped UALR by a 2-0 score last year in Denton, as Ellen Scarfone and Carly McDowell scored goals and Kerestine played all 90 minutes in goal to earn the shutout.
• The UALR offense has had its share of struggles this season. The Trojans currently rank last in the Sun Belt in points (19), goals (7) and assists (5), and haven't found the back of the net since scoring four goals against UAPB on Sept. 9.
• Since their 4-0 win over UAPB, the Trojans have gone seven matches without a goal and have been outscored 29-0 over that span.
• UALR has been shutout in 10 of its 14 matches this season.
• Junior Adrianna Queen has been a welcome return to the UALR offense after missing the team's first ten games of the season due to an offseason injury.
• In the four games since her return, Queen leads the Trojans with 10 shots.
• Queen led the Trojans in points (16) and goals (7) as a freshman in 2010 before scoring two goals and collecting one assist in 2011. Queen ranks sixth on UALR's all-time list with four game-winners, while her nine career goals are 15th in school history.
BETWEEN THE PIPES
• Freshman Shantel Wittke and junior Natalie Marsh have split the duties in goal for the Trojans this season. Wittke has seen the lion's share of the minutes, logging 838:40 in eight starts while allowing 34 goals and making 74 stops for a .685 save percentage. Marsh has clocked 421:20 in six starts and allowed 20 scores, made 46 saves and compiled a save percentage of .697.
• Both rank in the Sun Belt's top ten in total saves. Wittke's 74 rank second in the conference, seven back from league leader Kaitlyn Savage (81) of FIU. Marsh sits at No. 8 in the league with 46 stops.
• The duo has combined to give UALR a league-high 127 saves on the year.
• The duo split UALR's shutout win against UAPB (9/9). Wittke started the match and made two saves in 59:23 of work. Marsh came on for the final 30:37 and made one stop to preserve the shutout.
• Marsh's 17 saves against Western Illinois (8/26) were two off the single-game school record (19, by Heather Friedman vs. Nebraska in the 2000 season) and are a single-game high in the Sun Belt this season.
• Wittke and Marsh's combined 19 saves against South Alabama are also a game high in the Sun Belt this season.
• 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. Brady provided an assist on Alyson Rohane's goal against Western Illinois on Aug. 26.
• Sophomores Alyson Rohane and Ariel Galletti lead UALR on offense through its first 14 matches, combining for four goals and three assists. Rohane leads the Trojans in shots (31) and shots on goal (15), while Galletti ranks second in both categories with 25 and 12, 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 a big impact since returning to her hometown, starting 13 of 14 matches while putting nine of 14 shots on target for a .643 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's 12 starts are the most by a UALR freshman this season.
• Junior Paige Mason has scored one goal on the year (at UCA, 9/5) and ranks fourth on the team in shots (15) and is tied for fourth in shots on goal (8). Mason has started all 14 matches this season.
• Senior Olivia Carrasco has anchored the Trojans' defense through 14 matches, playing a team-high 1,198 minutes, 85.6 per contest.
• Sophomore Betsy Blackwood (999 minutes), senior Jenna Brady (1,130), junior Ashley Barksdale (1,100) and freshman Ashley Asuncion (991) have all logged heavy minutes on the defensive end of the field for the Trojans.
• UALR shows up at No. 295 in the most recent RPI poll of the 2012 season. UALR's opponent this weekend, North Texas, has the highest RPI (No. 76) of all Sun Belt teams. Middle Tennessee (No. 78) ranks second in the league.