Soccer Hosts Horizon League Foe Green Bay Saturday
The Youngstown State women's soccer team returns to action when it hosts Horizon League foe Green Bay, Saturday, Oct. 15, at Noon at Stambaugh Stadium.
The Guins (3-8-2 overall, 0-3-1 Horizon League) are coming off a 3-0 loss at the hands of No. 12 Milwaukee on Oct. 9. Senior goalkeeper Nicole Kline posted a career-high 16 saves against the Panthers. That total ranks tied for fifth on the YSU single-match saves chart. The last goalkeeper to record 16 saves in a match was Caitlin Bodzioney against Loyola on Oct. 29, 2006.
The Guins are also looking to snap a four-game losing streak and an eight-game winless streak. YSU's last win came against Urusline College, 4-0, on Sept. 2. The Guins tied Wright State, 1-1, on Sept. 18.
About Green Bay
Green is currently 3-9-3 overall and1-3-1 in the Horizon League. Hekla Palmadottir leads the Phoenix with three goals and three assists for nine points. The Phoenix have only scored eight goals all season and have been shutout 11 times.
The Green Bay Series
This is the 13th meeting in the all-time series between Youngstown State and Green Bay. The Phoenix own a 9-2-1 advantage in the all-time series, but the Guins won the last contest, 1-0, in 2010 at Stambaugh Stadium. The Guins' only other win over Green Bay came in 1998, 2-1, also at Stambaugh Stadium.
Nicole Is Nifty
Senior goalkeeper Nicole Kline turned in a career day against No. 12 Milwaukee on Oct. 9. Kline recored a career-high 16 saves against the Panthers. That mark ties for fifth on the YSU single-match saves list. Only three other players have made more saves in a match.
Flory Nearing Freshman Goals Mark
With her seventh goal of the season against Butler on Oct. 1, freshman Jade Flory is just one away tying the YSU freshman record with eight goals. Lauren Brennan set the record in 2007 and sophomore Allison Ludwig tied the mark in 2010.
May I Assist You
Senior Geneva Strelka and freshman Jade Flory are two of the most generous teammates. Strelka and Flory are tied for the team lead with three assists each. The last two Guins had as many assists in the same season was back in 2007 when Lauren Brennan and Carrie Wack each had three assists. The single-season record for assists is six held my Missy Laforet in 1999.
Viola Leads League
Sophomore goalkeeper Ali Viola has been doing a solid job tending the net for the Guins in 2011. Viola, who owns a record of 3-5-2 and a goals-against average of 1.48, leads the Horizon League with 5.50 saves per game and ranks third with 55 saves.
After not scoring a point as a junior in 2010, senior Geneva Strelka ranks second on the team with seven points on two goals and three assists. She posted her third assist against Butler on Oct. 1. Against Wright State on Sept. 18, Strelka scored the game-tying goal against. Strelka also assisted on a Heather Coonfare goal against Bowling Green on Sept. 11. She was credited with her first goal since 2009 when she gave the Guins a 1-0 lead against Ursuline College on Sept. 2. She also posted her first assist of the season on Jade Flory's game-winning goal against Robert Morris on Aug. 28. As a matter of fact, it was the first point Strelka scored since she scored her last goal against Canisius on Sept. 28, 2009.
Gapczynski, Morrison Record First Career Points
Sophomores Taylor Gapczynski and Rachel Morrison each posted their first career points in 2011. Gapcyznski tallied an assist against Butler on Oct. 1, while Morrison was credited with an assist against Ursuline College on Sept. 2.
All is "FARE"
Sophomore Heather Coonfare scored her first career goal against Bowling Green on Sept. 11. Her scored came at an opportune for the Penguins. She tied the game 1-1 after the Guins had fallen behind. Coonfare also has an assists for a total of three points.
Freshman Jade Flory has made a significant impact on the Penguins. Flory leads the team with seven goals and 17 points. She has scored at least one goal in six of the 13 matches and posted a two-goal performance against Ursuline College on Sept. 2. She also recorded the game-winning goal in overtime against Robert Morris on Aug. 28.
Ludwig Now Fifth All-Time
In just 18 games into her college career, sophomore Allison Ludwig now ranks fifth on the YSU career goals list with 10. She is also just the fifth player in school history to score at least 10 career goals. Last season, Ludwig tied the YSU freshmen record with eight goals.
Freshman Jade Flory is making a name for herself during her rookie campaign. Flory ranks second in the Horizon League goals (7), goals per game (0.54) and points per game (1.31). She also ranks third in points (17).
Sophomore Cori Stark got into the scoring column with her first goal of the season against Ursuline College on Sept. 2. It was also Stark's second career goal.
The Guins visit in-state rival Cleveland State on Wednesday, Oct. 19, at 7 p.m.