|UALR Soccer >> GAME 2
||UALR (1-0-0) vs. UAPB (0-2-0)
||Tue., Aug. 27, 2013 | 7 p.m.
||Little Rock, Arkansas | Coleman Sports & Recreation Complex
LITTLE ROCK – After a big win on Sunday, the Trojans look to begin the season 2-0 when they face UAPB on Tuesday night.
• UALR opened its season on Sunday with a big 6-1 victory against Southern. The team’s six goals was its most scored since 2006.
• Freshman Kayla Turner had two of the team’s six tallies, scoring twice in the first 20 minutes of the contest. She leads UALR with four points through one game.
• Alyson Rohane was given the Trojan head as the team’s most valuable player of the game. The junior had a goal and an assist, setting up multiple goals with key passes and distributing through the midfield.
• Ariel Galletti, the team’s leading scorer from 2012, also chipped in two assists for the Trojans on Sunday. The California native had a hand in UALR’s first and third goals.
• UALR won its season opener for the first time since 2011 and set a new complex high for goals at the Coleman Sports & Recreation Complex.
• Junior Kylie Wilson got the start in goal and played nearly 75 minutes of flawless soccer. Freshman Shara Robbins finished the contest in net.
• The Lions, based in Pine Bluff, play in the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC). Their head coach, Rohane Naraine, is in his second year with the team and has a 6-16-2 record. The Lions are 0-2-0 this season after a 7-0 loss against South Florida and a 3-2 defeat at the hands of the NAIA’s Lyons College.
• UAPB was 6-14-2 last year, going 2-2-1 in conference play. The Lions advanced to the semifinal of the SWAC tournament before losing to Mississippi Valley.
• The Trojans and Lions – separated by only an hour – have played five times in their history with UALR holding a 4-1 advantage. Last season, the Trojans got a 4-0 victory thanks to goals from Ashley Barksdale, Ariel Galletti, Alyson Rohane and Jenna Brady.
• The Trojans are 11-2 lifetime against members of the SWAC including a 4-1 record against UAPB, a 2-0 record against Alabama A&M, a 1-0 record against Alcorn State, a 1-0 record against Southern and a 1-1 record against Grambling.
A WIN AGAINST UAPB WOULD...
...start the Trojans with a 2-0 record for the first time since 2002 and just the second time in team history…improve UALR’s record against SWAC teams to 12-2...be UALR’s third consecutive win over the Lions and fifth overall...be the team’s third non-conference win in its last four non-conference games…equal the team’s win total from all of 2013.
The Trojans rarely play on days besides Friday and Sunday, only taking part in Monday-Thursday contests 11 times in the last five years. Tuesday’s game against UAPB marks its first Tuesday contest since September 2008, a 3-3 tie against Northwestern State. Despite the small amount of games played midweek, the Trojans hold a 5-4-2 record in those last 11 games dating back through the 2008 season. UALR was 1-1 in midweek games last year.
STARTING WITH A BANG
The Trojans’ offense was running on all cylinders on Sunday afternoon, putting the ball in the back of the net six times. UALR had not scored five goals in a game since September 2008, and the team last scored six goals in a game in a 9-0 win against UAPB in 2006. The last time UALR put up exactly six goals was in September 2003. The Trojans also improved their record in season openers to 12-15 all-time.
FIRST TIME FOR EVERYTHING
First-year coach Adrian Blewitt earned his first ever NCAA Division I victory against Southern. Blewitt came to UALR with 15 years of head coaching experience for men and women at the Division 2 level. Blewitt compiled a 167-66-12 overall record at Lees-McRae College (Banner Elk, N.C.) and Lenoir-Rhyne University (Hickory, N.C.) including a 36-5-3 mark in his final two seasons as head coach at Lenoir-Rhyne.
The season starts quickly for UALR which plays four games in eight days. After a Sunday/Tuesday combo early this week, the Trojans hit the road for games on Friday and Sunday in Tennessee and Kentucky. After this week, UALR only plays games on Friday or Sunday for the rest of the regular season.
Of the 25 players on the Trojans’ roster, 20 got a chance to play in the game against Southern, all seeing at least 13 minutes of game action. Twelve of the 14 new players got into the contest as well as eight of the 11 returning Trojans.
The Trojans got a 2-1 victory over Christian Brothers in their only exhibition contest of the season on Wednesday night. Senior Paige Mason opened the UALR scoring in the 55th minute with a tap-in goal on a cross from Dakotah Sparrman. Kayla Turner scored the game-winner with 10 minutes left in the contest. Sara Cavanagh and Kylie Wilson played goal for the Trojans in the game. The Trojans defeated Lyons College 2-1 in an exhibition last year and now have a streak of two consecutive seasons with an exhibition victory before the regular season begins.
Two members of the UALR soccer team took home preseason honors in early August as Ariel Galletti was named to the Sun Belt Preseason All-Conference First Team and Betsy Blackwood earned Second Team accolades from CollegeSportsMadness.com. Galletti, a junior from San Luis Obispo, Calif., concluded her sophomore season as the Trojans’ leading scorer with 13 points on five goals and three assists. Blackwood, a junior from Tucson, Ariz., started 17 of the Trojans’ 18 games, racking up nearly 1,400 minutes of playing time.
NEWCOMERS -- INTERNATIONAL FLAIR
• The Trojans’ roster is filled with 14 newcomers this season, making up more than half of the team.
• Of those 14 new athletes, 11 are freshmen, two are juniors (Madison Hartley, Kylie Wilson) and one is a senior (Andrea Letzel).
• Six of the 14 newcomers come to Little Rock from across the Atlantic Ocean, giving the team a distinct international flair this season. Three Swedes (Linnea Kogsta, Mathilda Torstensson and Malin Westerberg) join the team as freshmen. Two freshmen from England (Hayley Fowle, Olivia Goddard) are new to UALR as well. The lone new senior, Andrea Letzel, hails from Mainz, Germany.
• The two juniors transferring to the program come from the Sunshine State. Hartley (North Florida) and Wilson (West Florida) played together at the club soccer level and have already earned some college experience.
• The rest of the incoming class includes athletes from across the country: Sara Cavanagh (Bowie, Md.); Hali Long (St. Charles, Mo.); Shara Robbins (Hot Springs, Ark.); Dakotah Sparrman (Apple Valley, Minn.); Kayla Turner (Sterling Heights, Mich.) and Mikayla Uyokpeyi (Garland, Texas).
CAREER NUMBERS WATCH
• Adrianna Queen scored her 12th goal, moving her to a tie for 12th all-time in UALR history.
• Alyson Rohane scored her fifth career goal.
• Ariel Galletti’s next goal will be her 10th, and she is one point away from 25.
• Betsy Blackwood needs just four more minutes to reach 2,500.
• Holly Holland is 73 minutes away from 2,000 in her career.
UALR hits the road for the first time this season, playing on Friday at Austin Peay in Clarksville, Tenn., at 7 p.m. The Trojans then face Murray State on Sunday at 1 p.m.